NOTEBOOK: Gamecocks looming

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Da'Quan Bowers was very well aware of where exactly he stood on Clemson's single-season sack list during Saturday's 30-10 win over Wake Forest.

But it's not all that often that he's counting stats throughout the course of a game.

"Today was probably the first time that I thought I needed to get back to the quarterback. Usually I don't think about it," Bowers said. "I knew that I was very close today. I wanted to get as close as I could to break the record at home."

Tanner Price feel victim to Bowers' pass rush twice.

With those sacks, Bowers now has one in each of the last nine games. He shared the previous record of eight with Gaines Adams.

Now, Bowers is just a half sack away from tying Keith Adams' single-season school record of 16.

After Saturday's game, defensive coordinator Kevin Steele is never surprised by anything Bowers does on the field.

"They guy's got so much talent—physical talent, and he's so smart," Steele said. "He's a hard worker. He's a leader. He just plays relentless."

GOINGS ON AT THE OLD ALMA MATER: On Friday, Furman head coach Bobby Lamb announced that he would resign for his job as head coach.

He was the position coach and head coach while Clemson offensive coordinator Billy Napier played quarterback for the Paladins.

"The guy's been on that campus for 29 years as a player, as an assistant and as a head coach," Napier said. "I just feel for him and his family and what all goes into that. There's nobody has worked as Bobby Lamb for that program and that university. Really, that's all I'm worried about—that he's treated the right way and with respect."

Just after Clemson's win, Napier said he hadn't spoken to Lamb, but planned to do so later that evening.

He also has not spoken with anyone at Furman, in regards to the now vacant position.

"Really, if anything like that happens, I'm going to spend my time on the current job that I have," Napier said. "We have South Carolina next week."

When asked if he would be interested in the job, Napier said, "I don't feel it's relevant to comment on that, at this point."

RIVALRY WEEK: Clemson (6-5, 4-4 ACC) will meet South Carolina (8-3, 5-3 SEC) for the 108th time next Saturday when the Gamecocks head to Death Valley.

Steele knows exactly what he's getting himself into in the season finale.

"They've got an offense with a great running back, a quarterback that's playing really good—probably as good as he's playing his career," he said. "A head coach that can dial them up from about any way you want them dialed up, a wide receiver that's pretty special and an offensive line that's playing efficient and is well-coached."

South Carolina clinched a spot in the SEC Championship against Auburn, which is scheduled for the following week in Atlanta, Ga.

"We're excited about the opportunity to play for the state championship," said Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney. "That's the biggest game of the year, every year in our state, and we look forward to it." Top Stories