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With the Win: No. 3 Clemson 38, South Carolina 3

December 1, 2019
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Clemson completed its eighth undefeated regular season in school history, joining the 1900 (6-0), 1906 (4-0-3), 1948 (10-0), 1950 (8-0-1), 1981 (11-0), 2015 (12-0) and 2018 (12-0) Clemson squads. It marks Clemson's sixth time finishing a regular season without any losses or ties.

Clemson has now opened a season 12-0 for only the fourth time, joining a 12-0 record in every game of the 1981 season and a 12-0 mark in the first 12 games of the 2015 and 2018 seasons.

Clemson won its first 12 games of a season for the third time under Head Coach Dabo Swinney (2015 and 2018). Swinney was already the first coach in Clemson history to coach the school to multiple 12-0 starts. Danny Ford accomplished the feat once during Clemson's 1981 national championship campaign.

With their 12th win, the 2019 Tigers tied the 1981 and 2017 squads for the fourth-most wins in a season in school history.

Clemson earned its 115th victory this decade to join Alabama and Ohio State of the 2010s and Penn and Yale of the 1890s as the only major college football programs since 1890 to win 115 games in a single decade.

The 2019 Clemson seniors won their 53rd game to tie the 2017 Alabama seniors for third-most in FBS history in a four-year span. The group matched the 2018 Alabama seniors as the fastest to 53 wins (56 games).

The 2019 Clemson seniors won their 53rd game to tie the 2017 Alabama seniors for third-most in FBS history in a four-year span. The group matched the 2018 Alabama seniors as the fastest to 53 wins (56 games).

Clemson won its 27th consecutive game, dating to the start of the 2018 season, to extend the longest winning streak in school history and second-longest winning streak in ACC history. The 27-game winning streak now stands in sole possession of the 18th-longest streak in major college football history.

The victory was Clemson’s 10th against a Power Five conference opponent this season, the most in the country. Clemson finished the regular season having won its 10 games against Power Five opponents by an average margin of 33.5 points, including eight victories of 31 or more points.

Clemson improved to 71-42-4 all-time against South Carolina. Clemson's 71 all-time wins against South Carolina are the program's most against any opponent.

Clemson has now recorded six consecutive wins against South Carolina for the first time since a seven-game streak from 1934-40. That seven-game streak stands as the longest winning streak in the series by either team.

Clemson's 2019 senior class became the 14th class in school history to defeat South Carolina in four consecutive seasons, joining the 1900, 1919, 1930, 1937, 1938, 1939, 1940, 1983, 1991, 2000, 2005, 2017 and 2018 seniors.

Clemson moved its all-time road record against South Carolina to 52-32-3. Clemson's 52 road wins at South Carolina are more than double its most all-time road wins against any other opponent. Clemson's second-most road wins against an opponent is 25 at Wake Forest.

Clemson won a third straight road game against South Carolina for the first time since defeating the Gamecocks on the road three times across the 2003-07 seasons.

Head Coach Dabo Swinney improved to 7-5 all-time against South Carolina and became the first Clemson coach with wins against the Gamecocks in six straight years since Jess Neely accomplished the feat in his final six games in the series from 1934-39.

Swinney became the fourth coach in Clemson history to defeat South Carolina seven times, joining Frank Howard (13), Danny Ford (7) and Tommy Bowden (7).

Clemson improved to 10-1 against SEC competition since 2016 and won its 10th straight regular-season game against SEC competition. Clemson's last regular-season loss to an SEC team came against Georgia in 2014.

Clemson won its 12th straight true road game, the longest active streak in the country, to tie the school-record 12-game streak from 2015-17.

Clemson won its 12th straight true road game, the longest active streak in the country, to tie the school-record 12-game streak from 2015-17.

Clemson earned its 24th victory in its last 25 true road games and its 37th victory in its last 40 games away from home.

Clemson won its 23rd consecutive regular-season non-conference game. Clemson's current streak against non-conference opponents in the regular season dates to a 73-7 win against South Carolina State on Sept. 6, 2014. No member of Clemson's current roster has lost a non-conference game in regular-season play.

Clemson concluded its regular season on a 29-game regular-season winning streak, the longest active streak in the country. Clemson's current regular-season winning streak started following a regular-season loss at Syracuse on Oct. 13, 2017. 

Clemson improved to 49-0 when scoring first since 2015.

Clemson has now won 77 of its last 79 games when leading at halftime.

Clemson improved to 98-2 since 2011 when leading after three quarters.

Clemson now has a 98-2 record when totaling more first downs than its opponent since 2011.

Clemson improved to 44-1 since 2015 when outscoring opponents in the "Middle Eight," defined as the final four minutes of the first half and the first four minutes of the second half. Clemson outscored South Carolina, 10-0, in that time window.

Clemson now has a 56-3 record when winning the turnover margin since 2011.

Clemson improved to 64-1 when rushing for 200+ yards under Dabo Swinney.

Clemson is now 50-0 when both passing and rushing for 200+ yards under Dabo Swinney.

Clemson has now won 80 straight games when holding teams under 23 points (dates to 2010).

Clemson pushed its winning streak in Saturday games to 41 to extend the longest Saturday winning streak in school history. Clemson's current run of consecutive Saturday victories is the longest active streak in the country.

Clemson concluded the month having won 14 games in a row in November.

Clemson has now won 73 of its last 75 games against unranked teams.

With the Win: No. 3 Clemson 38, South Carolina 3

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