Tigers shut out archrival for first time in 32 years

By Alex Dodd
Courtesy The Journal

COLUMBIA — After a year’s break, the Clemson football team renewed its rivalry with South Carolina at Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday evening and handled business en route to a 30-0 shutout.

The Tigers — who reentered the Associated Press Top 25 poll at No. 22 on Sunday — recorded their first shutout of the Gamecocks sincerolling to a 45-0 win in 1989 in Columbia in what was head coach Danny Ford’s penultimate game leading the Clemson program.

Saturday’s win was the 23rd shutout by Clemson in the rivalry — all of which have occurred in Columbia — and head coach Dabo Swinney appreciated the unique opportunity to shut out South Carolina.

“To be able to come in here and shut these guys out, it’s the first time we have shut them out since 1989,” Swinney said. “Nobody can shut them out, nobody. There is not a defense out there that shut these guys out this year, so it was just an unbelievable complete team effort.”

Clemson (9-3) secured its seventh straight win in the rivalry series, tying the

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