Carolina’s record breaking season culminates in a rout of state rival Clemson Tigers in a 34-14 blowout. Gamecock QB Connor Shaw showed maturity by protecting the ball, running for 108 yards and a touchdown, while throwing for three more.
The SEC battle tested Gamecock’s defense was outstanding, holding the Tiger’s over-rated offense to 13 points. The Tigers hadn’t really faced a tough defense like Carolina, which is ranked #5 in the nation, and it showed. Clemson couldn’t get anything going on offense, only gaining 153 total yards. The Clemson Tigers were simply outclassed in this game.
If it were not for star running back Marcus Lattimore being injured in the Auburn game, the Gamecocks would most likely be playing for the SEC championship, in place of the Georgia Bulldogs, who Carolina has already beaten. Carolina should break into the top 10 with this win. Expect to see the Gamecocks get a high profile bowl game bid this year.
The Carolina Gamecocks are “for real” and they are positioned to only get better as next season arrives. Most experts consider the Gamecocks top contenders for the SEC championship in 2012.