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Clemson 16, South Carolina 7

College Football(AP Photo/Artie Walker Jr.)

By PETE IACOBELLI
Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. - Clemson defensive back Khalil Barnes scored his team's lone touchdown and kicker Jonathan Weitz made his three longest field goals of the year as Clemson won its fourth straight with a 16-7 victory over rival South Carolina.

Barnes, a freshman, jumped on a backwards pass thrown by Spencer Rattler that bounced off Xavier Legette's hands. The freshman scooped it up and went 42 yards for the touchdown 35 seconds into the game.

Weitz, called back to Clemson by coach Dabo Swinney in September, had his best game since the return, hitting from 50, 49 and 42 yards - all longer than his career-best of 41 coming in.

Clemson players planted the team flag in the Gamecocks logo at midfield after celebrating in front of their band and supporters as time ran out.

Following South Carolina's only TD, a 1-yard run by Luke Doty in the first quarter, it punted its next eight drives. The Gamecocks last chance ended when Rattler's pass to Doty on fourth down came up short with 3:19 to play.

Barnes also intercepted Rattler on the next South Carolina play.

Rattler ended 16-of-32 passing for a season-low 112 yards.

Weitz has had his up-and-down moments this year, including missing a 30-yarder late in a tie game with No. 5 Florida State that the Tigers eventually lost in overtime.

But he came up huge in this one, connecting on the 50-yard kick to put Clemson up for good, 10-7 before adding the others.

THE TAKEAWAY

Clemson: This wasn't anything to brag about, but winning the rivalry game is always a satisfying way to end a regular season. The preseason favorites to win the ACC closed the year with four straight victories and can use this finish to springboard into next season.

South Carolina: The Gamecocks have a long and anxious wait to see if they'll play again. The extra practice time is essential for coach Shane Beamer to keep this team moving forward after going from eight wins in 2022 to just five this season.

VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS

Clemson athletics press release

November 25, 2023


Scoring Summary
First Quarter ClemSCar
Clem TD 14:25 Khalil Barnes 42 yard fumble return for TD (Jonathan Weitz Extra Point) 7 0
SCar TD 6:39 Luke Doty 1 yard TD run (Mitch Jeter Extra Point) 7 7
Clem FG 0:43 Jonathan Weitz 50 yard field goal 10 7
Second Quarter ClemSCar
Clem FG 5:07 Jonathan Weitz 49 yard field goal 13 7
Third Quarter ClemSCar
Clem FG 13:16 Jonathan Weitz 42 yard field goal 16 7
Team Stats
  Clemson South Carolina
First downs 19 15
  Rushing 16 6
  Passing 3 6
  Penalty 0 3
3rd Down Efficiency 7-16, 44% 3-13, 23%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 2-3, 67%
Rushes-Yards 46-219 24-57
Passing Yards 100 112
Return Yards 0 49
Completions-Attempts-Int 15-27-1 16-32-1
Sacks-Yards Lost 1-9 2-22
Punts 6 8
Fumbles Lost 0-0 2-1
Penalties - Yards 6-40 4-30
Clemson Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
C. Klubnik 15 27 100 0 1
South Carolina Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
S. Rattler 16 32 112 0 1
Clemson Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
P. Mafah 19 89 4.7 0
W. Shipley 15 80 5.3 0
C. Klubnik 11 52 4.7 0
South Carolina Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
M. Anderson 13 35 2.7 0
S. Rattler 7 16 2.3 0
D. Joyner 1 5 5.0 0
D. Braswell 1 1 1.0 0
L. Doty 1 1 1.0 1
X. Legette 1 -1 -1.0 0
Clemson Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
T. Brown 5 40 8.0 0
W. Shipley 4 32 8.0 0
J. Sapp 2 10 5.0 0
P. Mafah 1 5 5.0 0
A. Randall 1 5 5.0 0
O. Patt-Henry 1 5 5.0 0
J. Briningstool 1 3 3.0 0
South Carolina Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
X. Legette 6 68 11.3 0
J. Simon 2 22 11.0 0
A. Brown 1 9 9.0 0
D. Braswell 1 7 7.0 0
T. Russell 1 4 4.0 0
M. Anderson 3 2 .7 0
L. Doty 1 0 0.0
0
T. Knox 1 0 0.0
0
Clemson Interceptions
Player Int Yards
K. Barnes 1 0
South Carolina Interceptions
Player Int Yards
N. Emmanwori 1 0
Clemson Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Swanson 6 247 41.2
South Carolina Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
K. Kroeger 8 337 42.1
Clemson Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
H. Greene 1 0 0
South Carolina Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
J. Kilgore 3 9 3.0
Clemson Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
South Carolina Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
X. Legette 1 40 40.0
Clemson Missed FG
Player Length
South Carolina Missed FG
Player Length




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