Why did Clemson lose?
- Six sack, which proved to be just the tip of the iceberg to South Carolina's relentless game-long pressure.
- Too much time for South Carolina's backup quarterback, Dylan Thompson, to operate. He rarely had less than he needed.
- Not enough Nuk. Just one catch - though a big one - wasn't enough to keep the Clemson offense running.
- Or Sammy Watkins. He had four catches, but nothing deep or dangerous.
- Sloppy tackling. The Gamecocks racked up plenty of yards-after-contact.
- Third down. Eleven of 21 for the Gamecocks; 5 of 12 for the Tigers, including just one of their last seven.
- Dropped interceptions: Good chances to turn the momentum left begging.
- Too few plays. Fifty nine snaps is insufficient for Chad Morris to work his magic.