CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Stephen Garcia threw for two touchdowns, Alshon Jeffery had his seventh 100-yard receiving game and No. 18 South Carolina posted its third nine-win season ever with a 29-7 victory over rival Clemson on Saturday.
In a season of milestones, this was likely one of the sweetest for the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division winners, who beat the Tigers in consecutive games for the first time since 1968-70.
The Gamecocks (9-3) have only won nine games twice before in 117 seasons of football, going 10-2 in 1984 and 9-3 in 2001. And their passing game, led by Garcia and star wideout Jeffery, gave Auburn's secondary something to worry about for next week's SEC championship.
Jeffery had four catches for 126 yards by halftime, including a 37-yard touchdown throw from Garcia.
Clemson (6-6) was held scoreless for the game's final 58 minutes.