21st-ranked Tigers top Gamecocks

By: associated press
By: associated press

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Two-sport star Mark Buchholz hit a 35-yard
field as time expired to give Number 21 Clemson a 23-21 victory over South Carolina and hand Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier his longest-ever losing streak.

Buchholz also starred on the Tiger soccer team this fall. He had missed two earlier field goals during the game, but nailed the one that counted most as his teammates leaped in celebration at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Clemson (9-3) is 9-1 on South Carolina's home field since 1989.

For Spurrier, the defeat was his fifth straight, the longest of his college career. It also leaves the Gamecocks (6-6) praying for an available bowl spot.

A month ago, South Carolina seemed a sure bet at the postseason at 6-1 and Number 6 in the country.

The Gamecocks looked ready to end the skid in this one, overcoming Clemson's 17-7 lead to go ahead 21-20 with 9 minutes left on the last of Blake Mitchell's three TD throws.


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