COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Stephen Garcia threw three touchdown
passes and South Carolina's defense slowed down Clemson star C.J.
Spiller in a 34-17 victory over the 15th-ranked Tigers on Saturday.
Spiller opened the game with an 88-yard kickoff return for a
touchdown, an NCAA record- setting seventh of his career. But the
Gamecocks (7-5) bottled up Spiller and Clemson's high-scoring
offense after that to end the Tigers' six-game win streak - and
their dominance in the rivalry.
Clemson (8-4) had won two straight, six out of seven and 10 of
12 against the Gamecocks, who had only one victory over the Tigers
in the last 10 games at Williams-Brice Stadium.
That changed against a South Carolina defense ranked third in the Southeastern Conference and fresh from a week off.
Clemson had just 260 yards of offense, well off the more than
415 it averaged the past six games. Spiller finished with 18 yards
rushing and 19 receiving.