Turning Point: Six turnovers equals no chance for the Tigers

Clemson squanders opportunities, opens door for three Gamecock touchdowns

South Carolina safety Brison Williams intercepts a pass intended for Clemson wide receiver Adam Humphries in the first quarter at Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday.

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South Carolina safety Brison Williams intercepts a pass intended for Clemson wide receiver Adam Humphries in the first quarter at Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday.

Six turnovers.

Three missed chances for the Tigers, and 21 South Carolina points.

What more do you need to know?

Dabo Swinney said all week: 'avoid turnovers, we have a good chance; turn it over, it's going to be hard on the road against a top-10 team.'

He hit the nail on the head.

The Tigers turned it over on their first possession, when Sammy Watkins slightly underthrew a double-pass gamble intended for Adam Humphries.

Later in the first half, Humphries attempted a punt-catch and had the ball bounce off his shoulder pad, into the hands of a Gamecock.

The Tigers scrapped back, tied the score at 17, but then lost the ball when Tajh Boyd had the ball wrestled from his grasp.

Then another fumble on a punt return by Humphries, leading to more USC points.

Finally, with the Tigers down two scores and looking for a miracle, Boyd delivered passes to two Gamecock defensive backs.

South Carolina sat on the ball, ran out the clock, and won going away - for the fifth straight season.

Unprecedented in the history of the series.

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clemvol writes:

No defense, none at all, are you kidding me. Same look, same recruits, same coaches = same results. If this is the best we can put on the field then lets move to the southern conference. You can talk about all the records boyd has but look at the teams he plays against. This team and him were turned over the coots knee and spanked again like the children that showed up. You can't disprove what was shown in this game.....nothing.

waran writes:

Turnovers was the not the reason we lost. 3 came at the end of the game. We were outplayed and outcoached from the beginning. 10 - 2 against some weak teams does not mean much. We cant still compete and win on a consistent basis against the top 10. Are we better than Tommy B's era? Yes, but we have the highest and the 2nd highest paid Coordinators. We have had top 15 recruiting classes for the last 4 years. And the Chickens beat us for 5 years in a row. If we believe all the smoke DABO and his fans give us, we will play 10 games against USC and LOSE all 10.

michtiger writes:

Clemvol points out the obvious. We can not improve our players with the teams we play. We become over hyped on the stats we build up from an ACC schedule. This year only 1 of our 7 wins in conference had a winning conference record. Add two lower level wins and an early win over Ga. that had lost its D line and half of its starting D backs. With the opening drive going very well tell me why you try a rainbow through from a receiver. I am afraid the Orange Bowl will pick us because it makes attendance sense and we will see OSU or MSU. Not sure the players will recover enough to compete or we head to Atlanta and they will never get up for it after all the praise.

clemvol writes:

in response to waran:

Turnovers was the not the reason we lost. 3 came at the end of the game. We were outplayed and outcoached from the beginning. 10 - 2 against some weak teams does not mean much. We cant still compete and win on a consistent basis against the top 10. Are we better than Tommy B's era? Yes, but we have the highest and the 2nd highest paid Coordinators. We have had top 15 recruiting classes for the last 4 years. And the Chickens beat us for 5 years in a row. If we believe all the smoke DABO and his fans give us, we will play 10 games against USC and LOSE all 10.

Well said. When I pay for something I expect quality and results. If not then I look for something else. It's time for something else.

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