Clemson South Carolina History
Every fall, Clemson University and South Carolina State University football teams begin preparing for their annual rivalry game. Known as the Tiger Burn, the tradition takes place at the end of the football match between the two schools and is just one of many traditions fueled by a rivalry rooted in both politics and athletics. That rivalry began in the mid-nineteenth century, when South Columbia University stopped emphasizing agriculture and eventually helped to found Clemson's University by angry farmers.
A man named Thomas Green of Clemson wanted to start a new college with a focus on agriculture, something South Carolina College did not teach. Among other traditional disciplines, South Columbia College offered education in engineering and mathematics.
Clemson recognized that one of South Carolina's greatest strengths was its agriculture, and wanted to build on that strength. This proposed redistribution of funds to create a separate agricultural college in South Carolina produced what would later be called Clemson College and the University of North Carolina and South Columbia College.
Clemson prevailed in all four subsequent football games, except for one in 1900, when South Carolina College was defeated 51-0, a record margin that still stands until the date of publication. Clemson held the lead in the game, which was won 12-6 but was not held by Clemson for the rest of the season as South Dakota State University, South Columbia College and North Carolina State College won it 12-6. The margin was maintained on the field, however, with South Texas State, North Columbia, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CSAC) and South Georgia College (SCAC) all winning games 12-6.
Clemson has been 18-10-1 against South Carolina since the 1960s and is the only team with a record of at least one win in each of the last three seasons.
Clemson has an 11-2-1 record against South Carolina since the 1960s and is the only team with a better record when the Tigers go into the game. That means Clemson has had more wins against USC than any other team, with Carolina coming in second after Georgia Tech's win over Clemson. The win is Clemson's first win against the Gamecocks since a 31-20 victory on Sept.
Clemson ended a five-year losing streak in the series with a 35-17 victory over Clemson, the last time also in 1966. If Clemson wins on Saturday, it would be the first time it has beaten South Carolina six years in a row since 1934, when the Tigers had seven straight victories. Clemson won the ACC title in 1958 by beating South Dakota, Florida and North Carolina in their finals. This year, Clemson (ACC champions, 8-2) was invited to the final game of the 1958 season, which ended with an 18-14 victory over the Gamecocks (7-3, 3-1 ACC).
South Carolina is 63-62-2 all-time against Clemson, which opens the 2019 season with a 24-20 loss at North Carolina.
Clemson and South Carolina first met in 1896, and the rivalry experienced its first major upset in 1902. The tension was a reason for Clemson's foundation in 1889, but the game was not played until 1903, after the death of Clemson's first football coach, John C. Smith. There has also been a long history of rivalry between the two schools, with more than 2,000 games played in total.
In their first season, Clemson defeated Furman and Wofford and broke their losing streak against the University of South Carolina (USC) with a 35-17 victory over Clemson. In their second season in 1902, they interrupted a series of defeats to the United States Army Corps of Engineers (USAC) and the College of Charleston (CSU) with a 34-0 victory.
Clemson picked up the ball from 74 yards in the final two minutes of the game and Mark Buchholz sank a 35-yard field goal to give Clemson a chance to beat South Carolina for the first time in 33 years. A blocked punt played a key role in Clemson's victory over South Columbia, which allowed the Tigers an unbeaten season. But a run - out clock and a final - second touchdown run by the Gamecocks saved the victory.
Clemson and Virginia will compete this year in front of a sellout crowd of more than 100,000 fans at the Statehouse. Coronavirus does something that has been done before, but this wouldn't be the first time the South Carolina State House has stepped in and forced Clemson and South Columbia to play a football game.
When Georgia Tech joined the ACC on April 3, 1978, they had a long history of rivalry games with the Clemson Tigers, which began in 1983. A new tradition began when the Tigers first played Georgia Tech at the Statehouse in 1984, after Tech continued to refuse to travel to Clemson.
After meeting in the first game in 1896, the rivalry between Clemson and South Carolina remains the second longest. This century-old rivalry is the only one of its kind in college football to be played on the same field as the 2015 Palmetto Series. Clemson holds a 4-0 all-time record against the Buckeyes, while Ohio State is second-most all-time in FBS. Clemson has played at least one game in each of the last four years, both in the ACC Championship Game and the College Football Playoff National Championship Game.