Clean Sweep

Tigers survive for fifth win in a row over Gamecocks, cap perfect regular season

By Alex Maminakis
Courtesy The Journal

CLEMSON — It wasn’t pretty, and Clemson’s defense struggled Saturday night against South Carolina and quarterback Jake Bentley, but the No. 2 Tigers pulled away in the second half to win their fifth straight game over the rival Gamecocks.

Clemson finished the regular season 12-0 for just the third time, but it had to earn a hard-fought 56-35 win against South Carolina (6-5) on a frigid, foggy night in Death Valley.

Bentley passed for a career-high 510 yards and a career-best five touchdowns, but Clemson accumulated 744 yards of total offense — its most ever against South Carolina — led by quarterback Trevor Lawrence’s career-high 393 yards passing and the Tigers’ six rushing touchdowns, led by Adam Choice’s three.

“That was an amazing performance by our offense,” Clemson coach Dabo

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