South Carolina football exceeded the expectations of many this season, with a first year coach and young roster. However, the Gamecocks got demolished by arch-rival Clemson.
The Tigers have had a penchant for shaky performances against lesser competition this season, but they had no problem getting up for the rival Gamecocks a few weeks ago, running through Will Muschamp's club 56-7. It was every bit as bad as the score indicates.
South Carolina is bowl-bound, though, and will face South Florida on Thursday, December 29 in the Birmingham Bowl. While most are focused on the Bulls, a few Gamecock players were pointed in their answers about that game against Clemson: a loss like that will never happen again.
From The State:
“Never again,” junior linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams said. “That is something we have been posting around the locker room, that we have been saying to ourselves. We never want to get beat like that again so we have to do everything we need to do this offseason, everything that we have to do in the fall to not allow things like that to happen next year.”
Junior defensive lineman Dante Sawyer echoed those sentiments.
“It was a shock, but we moved on from it. It won’t happen again,” junior defensive lineman Dante Sawyer said. “It hasn’t been settled, we will worry about it next year when it comes around.”
For now, it is on to the Bulls for South Carolina football, a team that presents its own serious challenge. USF will be without head coach Willie Taggart, who has taken the Oregon job, but it has a deadly quarterback-running back combination in Quinton Flowers and Marlon Mack. According to OddsShark, USF opened as an 11-point favorite in the Birmingham Bowl, though that line is moving slightly in USC's direction.