Stephen Garcia threw three touchdown passes and South Carolina's defense slowed down Clemson star C.J. Spiller in a 34-17 victory over the 15th-ranked Tigers on Saturday.
Spiller opened the game with an 88-yard kickoff return for a touchdown, an NCAA record- setting seventh of his career. But the Gamecocks (7-5) bottled up Spiller and Clemson's high-scoring offense after that to end the Tigers' six-game win streak--and their dominance in the rivalry.
Clemson (8-4) had won two straight, six out of seven and 10 of 12 against the Gamecocks, who had only one victory over the Tigers in the last 10 games at Williams-Brice Stadium.
That changed against a South Carolina defense ranked third in the Southeastern Conference and fresh from a week off.
Clemson had just 260 yards of offense, well off the more than 415 it averaged the past six games. Spiller finished with 18 yards rushing and 19 receiving.
Georgia 30, NO. 7 GEORGIA TECH 24
Georgia was having a tough year at 7-5, while the Yellow Jackets were steadily improving on defense and climbing up the polls, so what happened?
Georgia took a page out of Georgia Tech's playbook, rushing for 339 yards to upset the seventh-ranked Yellow Jackets 30-24 Saturday night and put a real damper on the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game.
Washaun Ealey rushed for 183 yards, while Caleb King rambled for 166 yards and two touchdowns as the Bulldogs (7-5) reclaimed state bragging rights in a disappointing year and handed the Yellow Jackets (10-2) a huge setback in what has been their best season in nearly two decades.
No. 1 Florida 37, FLORIDA STATE 10
With backup quarterback E.J. Manuel at the helm of the Seminole’s offense for the third game in a row because of the shoulder injury to starter Christian Ponder, Florida State could not generate much consistency all day against a UF team that ranks No. 2 in the country in total defense.
Manuel finished the contest 19-of-30 for 198 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions.
Rod Owens and Jarmon Fortson were Manuel's go-to receivers at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Owens had six catches for 62 yards and Fortson had four for 58 and one score.
Manuel led all FSU rushers with 27 yards on 11 carries. Starting tailback Jermaine Thomas had just seven rushes for 21 yards.
Defensively, Florida State was unable to slow down Tim Tebow. The fourth-year Gator quarterback connected on 17 of his 21 pass attempts for 221 yards and three touchdowns. Florida churned out over 300 yards on the ground.