COLUMBIA, SC - NOVEMBER 26: Fans show support of the game between the Clemson Tigers and South Carolina Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Columbia, South Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
Let's take a brief look at a few numbers.
TE: Rory "Buster" Anderson, 57 yards; Dwayne Allen, 9 yards
South Carolina Defensive Line, five sacks and numerous hurries against Tajh "South Carolina has an average d-line" Boyd; Clemson Defensive Line, including Andre "Chicken Dance" Branch, two sacks and a night to remember of being schooled on the ground by our o-line, Shaw, and Miles
And my favorite...
QB: Connor Shaw, 14/20/0 210 yards, 108 rushing; Boyd, 11/29/1, -23 rushing
There's a lot more to be said about this game, needless to say. The analysis can wait for tomorrow, sure. Right now, though, suffice it to say two things. First of all, Clemson got put in its place tonight, and VT (a very hot team) will probably finish the job next week. They'll get a chance to prove me wrong then, but from what I can see, this is a team that caught lightening in a bottle for a couple of weeks mid-season, reverted to old form, and is on its way out on a nasty losing streak, capped off by a butt-kicking at the hands of its rival. Sound familiar? Glad it's you and not us these days, Clemmy. Enjoy another year of knowing we whipped you.
Second of all, we saved the best for last. Coaches, players on all sides and at nearly every position, fans...everyone gets an A. Damn good performance, gentlemen. It's been a weird season, but it's been a very good one--and this makes it that much sweeter.