Gamecocks' ranking unchanged despite rivalry win
Sat, 26 Nov 2011 21:06:02 GMT —
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP, WACH) -- Connor Shaw threw for three touchdowns and ran for another to lead No. 14 South Carolina to a 10-win season for the first time in 27 years and its third straight victory over No. 18 Clemson, 34-13 on Saturday night.
The Gamecocks (10-2) choked off Clemson's once-high scoring offense, holding the Tigers (9-3) to 153 yards and Atlantic Coast Conference passing leader Tajh Boyd to 83 yards through the air.
USC remains 14th in the AP poll after the win. The Gamecocks also stay at 13 in the Coaches' poll. With their second straight loss, Clemson falls three spots in the AP, and two in the Coaches' to 21.
Clemson was part of the BCS title talk a month ago when it opened 8-0 and rose to No. 6 in the country. But it heads to the ACC championship game against Virginia Tech next week a shaky team after losing three of its past four.
South Carolina's only other 10-victory season in 118 years of football came in 1984.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.