Originally created 11/20/00

Clemson notebook



A look at No. 15 Clemson (9-2) two days after beating South Carolina (7-4):

What worked: Despite its defense getting blown off the ball for much of the game, Clemson's defense played perhaps its best game of the season. The Gamecocks had three chances to score in the third quarter, but the Tigers thwarted all three attempts, intercepting three Carolina passes. Quarterback Woody Dantzler, still bothered by a bruised left ankle, returned to form Saturday. The junior rushed for 87 yards and passed for 185, including his best pass of the afternoon, a 50-yard bomb to Rod Gardner that set up Aaron Hunt's game-winning field goal. Travis Zachery finished with 84 yards to push his season total over 1,000.

What didn't: Clemson was flagged for 11 penalties for 93 yards, including a pass interference call on South Carolina's late touchdown drive. The play gave the Gamecocks a first-and-goal at the Clemson 2.

Injuries: WR Jackie Robinson (sprained ankle).

Analysis: Clemson's victory gave the Tigers their first nine-win regular season since 1991 and snapped the team's two-game losing streak. The Tigers' opponent in the Jan. 1 Toyota Gator Bowl won't be announced for at least another week.

Quote: "I didn't even see. I was sitting there praying. I saw it on the replay and I saw the fans screaming and I started screaming and jumping around. That's all I could do." - Clemson linebacker Chad Carson, on Gardner's 50-yard catch late in the game that set up Hunt's game-winning 25-yard field goal.