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True or false: Rivalry edition

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Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney and players take part in the “Walk of Champions” tradition ahead of the South Carolina game.

Here are some true or false questions relating to the annual Clemson vs. South Carolina football game:

  1. Before the Palmetto Rivalry was established, USC and Clemson battled for the “Hardee’s Trophy,” named after the fast food chain.
  2. The largest margin of victory in the rivalry’s entire 127-year history occurred in 1900 when the Tigers won 49-0.
  3. In 1946, a Clemson fan strangled a chicken to death at midfield during halftime.
  4. Also, in 1946, New York mobsters printed fake tickets to scam people, resulting in riots, which were only broken up by the U.S. Secretary of State.
  5. A South Carolina fraternity snuck onto the field in 1961 pretending to be the Clemson team, fooling the crowd so even the band started playing Tiger Rag as they did warmups.
  6. Trevor Lawrence and Deshaun Watson are the only Clemson starting quarterbacks to have beaten South Carolina in three consecutive years.
  7. There have only been three top-10 matchups in rivalry history.
  8. Legendary head coach Frank Howard was the first Clemson head coach to post a winning record against the Gamecocks.



  1. TRUE — South Carolina felt the trophy’s name lacked pizzazz after the inception of the Mayor’s Cup Trophy against Missouri and the Bonham Trophy against Texas A&M. The Palmetto Bowl Trophy replaced the Hardee’s Trophy in 2014.
  2. FALSE — Clemson, led by coach Walter Riggs, won 51-0 in 1900. This record stands more than a century later.
  3. TRUE — Clemson grit?
  4. TRUE — Counterfeit tickets were even a problem over 75 years ago.
  5. TRUE — South Carolina’s Sigma Nu fraternity also brought a cow they planned to make Homecoming Queen, but it never made it to the field.
  6. FALSE — In recent memory, Charlie Whitehurst won every rivalry in his tenure from 2002 to 2005.
  7. FALSE — In 2013, No. 10 South Carolina upset No. 6 Clemson, 31-17, which remains the highest-ranked game between the teams. There has not been a top-10-ranked matchup since.
  8. FALSE— Howard actually had a 13-15-2 losing record to the Gamecocks in his 30 years at the helm. The first coach to post a winning record against South Carolina was Edward Donahue, who served from 1917-1920 with a 21-12-3 overall record and 3-1 record over South Carolina.
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    MitchellNov 23, 2023 at 10:55 am

    1917-2020. ?????