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Top 25: No. 13 South Carolina 27, No. 12 Clemson 17
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Clemson, S.C. • Backup quarterback Dylan Thompson threw for three touchdowns, Jadeveon Clowney had 4 1/2 sacks and No. 13 South Carolina won its fourth straight over 12th-ranked Clemson 27-17 on Saturday as Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier became the school's victories leader.

Thompson got the call for the Gamecocks (10-2) because starter Connor Shaw sprained his left foot against Wofford last week. And the Gamecocks sophomore made the most of it with TD passes of 13 and 6 yards to Bruce Ellington and 34 yards to Ace Sanders.

The Tigers (10-2) were grounded by Clowney, the Gamecocks' star defensive end who set his school's single-season record with 13 sacks.

Spurrier won his 65th game in eight seasons, surpassing Rex Enright for most victories by a South Carolina coach. The Gamecocks finished with 10 victories for a second consecutive season, a first in program history. —

Top 25 football • South Carolina won 10 games for the second consecutive season.
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