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November 20, 2004
Domination continues, Clemson slams SC 29-7
Clemson continued its domination over arch-rival South Carolina on Saturday, winning 29-7 in front of 82,500 in Death Valley. Sophomore running back Reggie Merriweather had another solid performance, rushing for 125 yards and three touchdowns. South Carolina tailback Demetris Summers rushed for just 14 yards on seven carries.
The win gave Tommy Bowden a 5-1 advantage over Lou Holtz and the Gamecocks. The victory also gave Clemson its 62nd all-time versus South Carolina, a mark that now stands at 62-36-4.
Clemson's performance Saturday also likely yielded a bowl berth, which could be forthcoming following the conclusion of the ACC regular season.
"For us to have taken 10-15,000 fans up to Durham, NC last week, and to come out and do what we did today, I would have to think that impressed the bowl officials," said Bowden following the game. "It would be really, really special for us to make a bowl game. It would be special for the seniors."
The Tigers dominated the line of scrimmage for most of the day, holding the Gamecocks to negative yardage in the third quarter.
On the afternoon South Carolina amassed just 197 yards of total offense, what included just 66 on the ground.
Clemson totaled 313 yards, including 151 on the ground, an effort that was led by sophomore running back Reggie Merriweather who carried the ball 28 times for 125 yards and three touchdowns.
"Hey, we just came out and played our best. We were ready to play today, I thought. They were, too, though. When we got to the bottom of the hill and they were already there waiting for us, it just let us know that they were ready, too. This is a rivalry game, so emotions are high," said Merriweather.
Emotions ran too high, in fact, as a brawl broke out in the fourth quarter when both benches cleared. Officers and stadium security had to restrain players on both sides, as punches were thrown.
Both Bowden and Holtz said in their post-game press conferences that upon review of the film, it is possible there could be suspensions for their respective teams' bowl game.
"We're going to look at the tapes to see if we need to suspend anyone," said Holtz. "It was disappointing, frustrating. Congratulate Clemson. They played well. We just have to go play the game. I was disappointed that things got out of hand."
Bowden said that he would meet with his staff on Monday to discuss fall/winter plans, most notably recruiting.
"I'll be really anxious to get out on the recruiting trail. I'll be anxious to begin that soon," said Bowden.
Tigerillustrated.com will have much more on the game later tonight and on into the morning.