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CLEMSON - South Carolina defeated Clemson 27-17 Saturday night at Clemson to win its fourth game in a row over the Tigers. Read what the coaches from both sides had to say following the game.

Head coach Steve Spurrier

Opening comments...
We were very fortunate again. It seems like when we play Clemson, they don't play very well. We did what we needed to do, I guess, to make more plays than they did. There were a lot of penalties in this game. I'm really, really proud of our defense. That's one of the best offenses in the country, and we held them down fairly well, to 17 points.

Offensively, we did what we sort of needed to do as far as playing sort of ugly. We ran for nothing and nothing and nothing and nothing, but we kept that clock churning away. We hit a ball or two here or there, and we got a penalty here or there. We made a lot of mistakes in the game, but fortunately, our defense was good in that second half. When we hit Bruce back there, we were trying to hit the tight end and there were three guys on him. That was a key play in the game.

As it turned out, our defense was really good. I feel fortunate. This team has some excellent leaders, guys that really went out and played. We're obviously pretty happy to come out of here with a victory.

On the team's quarterback situation...
(Dylan Thompson) played pretty well. He missed a few here and there, but he hit a few here and there. He was ready to play. He wanted to play. Connor has not been able to practice all week, and he really needed to rest that foot if he could. So, he should be ready for the bowl game, wherever we go. Connor should be the guy ready to go.

On Jadeveon Clowney...
Yeah, Jadeveon got a game ball. Of course, we gave one to all of the seniors who played here. Jadeveon, we stood him up, we moved him around a little bit, and hopefully got a one-on-one. We've got him for one more year, and we're going to shake his hand and thank him for everything he's done for South Carolina.

On his team's ball control game plan in the second half...
We were hoping that it would be that kind of game. I don't know how many plays they had in the second half. We didn't have a lot of yards in our 86, but we had a lot of clock. That's what we hoped would happen. I didn't know it would happen, but we were fortunate.

On Thompson's ability as a runner...
The quarterback draw just kept coming out, didn't it? It came out twice. Dylan made a beautiful run on one that was called back for holding. The next one, he got down to about the five- or six-yard line. It took us three plays to get that one in. It just worked out. Clemson's a really good team. We just made a bunch of third downs. It was probably a difference in the game.

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney

Overall thoughts on the game...
We couldn't get the ball in the third period. We just couldn't stop them on third down. The third quarter was huge. We had too many penalties, too many turnovers and South Carolina did a great job of controlling the ball.

We got off to a good start scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter but they just started to control the ball after that. Give them credit, they did a great job. Their ability to put pressure on Tajh (Boyd) was a key. Give credit to South Carolina.

They disrupted our rhythm. We only got two plays in the third quarter and their 86 plays to our 59 was huge. You have to give them a lot of credit. Tonight was very disappointing. We played with great effort but that third quarter drive was critical.

The fun is in the winning and we just didn't do what we needed to tonight. We dropped a lot of passes and interceptions and their third down conversions killed us. We just couldn't get in an offensive rhythm.

I just want to apologize to our fan base, to our seniors, to everyone. I really appreciate the environment that these fans have created these past few seasons. This loss really hurts.

On South Carolina quarterback Dylan Thompson...
We couldn't disrupt him. He threw the ball incredibly well. He was the difference in the game. We just couldn't turn the momentum. Overall, you have to give them credit. They made just enough plays and ran the ball just enough to keep us off balance.

On the end of the game...
Penalties, the third and 19 play, it was just poor on our part. Their time of possession was unbelievable. We could never get in rhythm and it was just a bad team effort.

On Xavier Brewer...
Brewer dropped a couple interceptions, but he kept playing. After that interception in the end zone, we felt like we could reclaim the lead, but they made some big plays to keep us off balance and we just couldn't turn the table.

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