COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - Kelly Bryant threw for 272 yards and two touchdowns while the Clemson defense stifled South Carolina as the Tigers won the 115th Palmetto Bowl 34-10.
The second-ranked Tigers, who could be No. 1 next week after Alabama lost Saturday, took the lead early on an interception return for a touchdown by Ryan Carter.
The Clemson offense seemed to move the ball at will in the first half. Bryant hooked up with Tee Higgins for several big gains. Tavien Feaster scored on a one-yard run to put the Tigers up 14-0 in the first quarter.
Hunter Renfrow also had a big part in the victory. The sure-handed receiver caught touchdown passes of four yards and 61 yards.
Travis Etienne added a five yard touchdown run to finish off Clemson's scoring.
Mt. Pleasant-native Parker White made a 40-yard field goal and Jake Bentley threw a 38-yard touchdown pass to Bryan Edwards. But it was too little too late as Clemson claimed it's fourth straight win in the rivalry.
South Carolina managed just 207 yards of total offense as Bentley was picked off twice (Carter and Trayvon Mullen.)
The Tigers now get ready for their ACC Championship game showdown against Miami while South Carolina awaits their bowl game fate after finishing the regular season 8-4.
Jake Bentley and Bryan Edwards hooked up on a 38-yard touchdown connection. The Gamecocks now trail Clemson 34-10 late in the fourth quarter.
Wando High School product Parker White connected on a 40-yard field goal to put South Carolina on the board against Clemson.
The Tigers lead 34-3 early in the fourth quarter.
Travis Etienne punched in a five-yard touchdown run as Clemson leads 34-0 over South Carolina thru three quarters.
Kelly Bryant connected with Hunter Renfrow on a 61-yard touchdown strike as Clemson now leads South Carolina 27-0.
Renfrow shook off a facemask violation and dodged several tacklers en route to his second score and the Tigers fourth touchdown.
Kelly Bryant found Hunter Renfrow for a four-yard touchdown as the Tigers have a commanding 20-0 lead on South Carolina at halftime.
Alex Spence missed the point after attempt.
Tavien Feaster scored on a one-yard touchdown run to double Clemson's lead to 14-0 over South Carolina in the second quarter.
The Gamecocks committed several penalties on the drive which helped the Tigers move down the field.
Ryan Carter intercepted Jake Bentley and returned it for a touchdown as Clemson leads South Carolina 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.
It's the shortest (12 yards) interception return for a touchdown in Clemson history.
The Clemson Tigers are expected to take on the Carolina Gamecocks during the rivalry game of the season.
The Palmetto Bowl will be aired on ESPN on Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
The Palmetto Bowl is the official name of the annual football game between the Clemson Tigers and the South Carolina Gamecocks. First meeting in 1896, the Clemson-South Carolina rivalry is the second longest continuous rivalry in Division I college football and the longest uninterrupted rivalry series in the south.
Although the game is presently scheduled for the final weekend in November and teams alternate hosting the Palmetto Bowl, the game was played on Thursdays in Columbia from 1896 to 1959
Click here to view scores from past rivalry games: https://thepalmettobowl.com/results/.
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