And while the Tigers aren't going to the Chick-fil-A Bowl (formerly the Peach Bowl), there's still an outside chance they could end up in Florida at either the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville or make a return to the Champs Sports Bowl in Orlando.
The other bowl that comes into play in a major way now is the Music City Bowl in Nashville, where many believe is the same place Georgia will end up, which would rekindle one of the most underrated rivalries in the nation.
Of course, a lot depends on who makes it to the ACC Championship Game from the Atlantic Division and who ultimately wins the ACC title.
There are a dozen scenarios that could play out and honestly, the bowls representatives themselves aren't sure what's going to happen.
It was kind of strange to see that representatives from the Gator Bowl or Music City Bowl weren't on hand. Only reps from the Chick-fil-A ad Champs Sports were at the game today.
One of the two Champs Sports Bowl reps told CUTigers.com that he believes Clemson will end up in Nashville.
Another position for Gaddis
Clemson cornerback C.J. Gaddis played the entire game at Sam linebacker in place of Maurice Nelson instead of his usual position at cornerback. And it looked as though it was going to be a perfect move.
On the third play of the game, Gaddis intercepted a pass intended for South Carolina receiver Sidney Rice. It's questionable as to whether Nelson could have made that play.
He finished with three tackles, including one for a loss.
"I'd been practicing there all week," Gaddis said. "I guess it was a new wrinkle to try and prevent some of the passes and mismatches on the inside with a linebacker."
Tailback C.J. Spiller and wide receiver Jacoby Ford dazzled the crowd with their long plays for touchdowns.
Spiller had an 80-yard touchdown run, which came only minutes after Ford had a 76-yard touchdown reception.
For Spiller, he now holds the school record for most touchdowns of at least 50 yards in a season with six. Ford is tied for second in that category with Derek Hamilton with four.
However, Spiller is just one shy of tying Hamilton's career mark of seven scores of at least 50 yards.
Spiller's 155 yards rushing also mean he now holds the school's record for most 100-yard rushing games by a freshman.
They said it
Clemson defensive coordinator Vic Koenning on his defense yielding 492 yards of total offense:
"I know there's a long, long line of defensive coordinators that had their fannies kicked by that guy (Steve Spurrier) over there. I guess you can add one more to the list."
Tigers head coach Tommy Bowden on fans who blame placekicker Jad Dean for the loss after he missed a game-tying field goal with 13 seconds left:
"That'd be stupid. Blame it on me. I'm the coach."
Bowden on whether or not he had forgotten what it was like to lose to South Carolina since his only loss happened in 2001:
"Yeah, but I remember it now. It comes back pretty quick after you lose."
Clemson offensive coordinator Rob Spence on whether or not the Tigers settled for the game-tying field goal in the closing seconds instead of being more aggressive and going for the touchdown:
"We were going for a touchdown (on the two run plays on first and second down). We were going for a touchdown."
Tigers quarterback Will Proctor on whether he was surprised a timeout wasn't called after James Davis gained only one yard on a first-down run in the final seconds:
"I think were just trying to manage the clock. We were calling plays to win the game."
Retired South Carolina sports information director Tom Price missed his first South Carolina-Clemson football game in 60 years. … South Carolina's 96-yard touchdown drive in the second quarter was the longest against the Tigers all year. …
Clemson defensive tackle Jock McKissic's 82-yard interception return for a touchdown was the longest every by a defensive lineman and the sixth longest in school history. … The Gamecocks had 405 yards of total offense with 4:19 left in third quarter. The most a Koenning defense at Clemson had ever given up was 407 against Duke last year. …
South Carolina's first punt of the game came on the last play of the third quarter. … In the weird stat of the day, Clemson is 6-5-1 against the Gamecocks in Death Valley since 1984. During that same time, the Tigers are 9-2 in Columbia. …
Spiller has a sprained right ankle. A further evaluation will be done in the next day or two.
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