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November 30, 2013
Game Balls, Injury Report
Connor Shaw: Without Shaw, this game is a loss. Without Shaw, this series isn't where it is, this program isn't where it is, this state isn't what it is. When the running game failed, Shaw's draws were the tonic, bailing South Carolina out early and late as he finished with 94 yards rushing and another 152 passing, accounting for two touchdowns.
Pharoh Cooper: Cooper's Wildcat plays, along with Shaw's runs, were effective, especially the game-clinching touchdown pass to Brandon Wilds. Cooper has proven to be a dynamic playmaker with a Syvelle Newton-like upside. Cooper finished the game with 18 yards rushing on four carries and was 1-for-2 passing for 28 yards and a score. Oh, and he's also a snazzy kick returner, taking the opening kickoff of the second half 55 yards to set the Gamecocks up with great field position.
Chaz Sutton: For the game in which he was on the game program's cover, Sutton forced and recovered the most important of the game's three fumbles when he stripped Tajh Boyd in the fourth quarter to thwart a potentially game-tying drive.
Kelcy Quarles: In his last game should he go pro, Quarles was a force, tying for the team-high in tackles with six and recording two-and-a-half sacks. His leadership and play over the last quarter of the season culminated in Saturday night's performance.
Shaq Roland: Roland was dynamic early, catching three passes for 40 yards and a 9-yard touchdown pass that made the score 14-7.
Adam Humpries: Clemson's punt returner fumbled twice, both times leading to touchdowns for South Carolina.
Lorenzo Ward: Facing the offensive genius that is Chad Morris - who just won the AFCA Assistant Coach of the Year Award - Ward's schemes, twists, stunts and calls stifled a Clemson offense that was living in the 50-point atmosphere almost every game out. His unit was able to pressure Boyd, force a whopping six turnovers and seal an historic fifth win in a row.
Mike Davis took himself out of the game after the third play of the game but came back in the game later in the drive.
Kaiwan Lewis was injured on Clemson's last drive of the first half on a stop but returned.
Chaz Elder was injured defending on Clemson's third-quarter touchdown run. He suffered a concussion and missed the remainder of the game.
No other injuries were reported by South Carolina.
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