There are at least two stories to a game: the scoreboard and the stats that got you there. They often intertwine, but Clemson's two-touchdown loss at South Carolina had its oddities.
Let me take you back towards the start of the fourth quarter, where the Tigers had two turnovers to the Gamecocks' nil, and South Carolina held a 24-17 lead.
As they're prone to do, Steve Spurrier's offense had just plodded down the field - 11 plays and 75 yards to take 6:14 off the second half clock.
Clemson had moved the ball well, considering the competition and road environment, and that continued.
Going into a game-changing strip of Tajh Boyd with 8:38 left, the hurry-up scheme was averaging 7.9 yards per play (outside of sacks).
Boyd was completing passes at a 74 percent clip for 8.7 per attempt, while averaging an even six yards per carry.
Led by Rod McDowell's 14 carries for 111 yards, the Tiger run game was gashing the Gamecocks for 7.1 per rush. A "Hot Rod" 22-yard run put Clemson in position to answer South Carolina's score as time ticked under nine to go in Williams-Brice.
Two plays later, however, the turnovers came in bunches - Chaz Sutton's strip fumble of Boyd, an Adam Humphries' muffed punt return after a defensive stand, and then down two scores with 3:44 left, two Boyd interceptions in four plays.
The plays South Carolina made and Clemson handed over did a number on some longstanding figures under Chad Morris.
They were a perfect 29-0 with the total yards advantage, which they held 352-318 Saturday, and 11-0 when converting at least 50 percent on third down (6-11).
We center mainly on that side of the ball because the defense held USC under 100 yards of its average, but the run contain struggled, as Clemson surrendered only one less first down-by-ground (10) than against triple-option foes Georgia Tech and The Citadel (11).
Eight of those conversions came from senior quarterback Connor Shaw, who's totaled two of his top-three rushing efforts against the Tigers (94 on Saturday; 107 in 2011).
Noting Clemson's efficiency pre-fourth-quarter fumbles isn't to say Morris called a perfect game. Here's the breakdown which factors sacks as pass calls (while the NCAA does not)...
2013 Clemson playcalls v. USC
What's interesting is you can't really blame being behind by two scores for the pass-to-run disparity, since only four plays were run in that situation in the fourth quarter.
In Clemson's four other scoreless drives, they averaged one run to every 4.3 passes. Boyd and one errant Sammy Watkins' throw combined for 2.4 yards per pass, while the one run per possession hit 10.8 per carry.
By down overall, the numbers support less and less the lack of run touches.
On first down, McDowell and Boyd (Clemson's only two ballcarriers) averaged 12.3 per rush - on third-and-middle and long situations, the two gained first downs three of four attempts for 12 per carry.
On second-and-long, the nine passes averaged just 5.8 per with two sacks, and on first down, they suffered three sacks, two interceptions and only 3.9 an attempt.
Conclusion: Just like last year, the Tigers' top rusher didn't touch the ball enough.
Conclusion No. 2: It's pretty obvious, but you can't win with four fourth-quarter turnovers...the Gamecocks did their part to start the self-destruction and Clemson unraveled in all three phases. The Tigers' increased efficiency on offense, however, is what sets this one apart from the last two losses in the series. The situation isn't hopeless in the rivalry going forward, but as Morris says all the time, it really is about the Clemson Tigers fixing some internal issues.