In the first quarter, the Gamecocks, who were missing senior QB Jake Bentley, managed to score six points in the first quarter. However, by the time they scored 24 more points in the third quarter, the Tigers had secured a 38-3 lead at halftime.
The Tigers would not play for three quarters. Muschamp believes Clemson’s defense, which has been in decline the last couple of seasons, had been playing well in part because of the fact that the Tigers were playing without their starting QB. “Our defense was starting to show and they were playing well so we needed them to get back this week,” Muschamp said.
“I think in a lot of ways, it was just a matter of getting into a game plan that is going to get the win.” The Gamecocks now have to get their starting quarterback back from injury in a week’s time. Muschamp said he does not plan on having a medical redshirt the remaining six games.
He said that he did not see anything in advance of the Georgia game on the offensive line that would be a factor against Georgia. “There was no reason for us to put any more pressure on the line than what we put on the line in the other game,” Muschamp said.