New coaches and an exciting finish couldn't change the same old story--Clemson is back in a bowl and South Carolina is left looking for answers.
Travis Zachery rushed for two touchdowns and Woody Dantzler threw a 29-yard scoring pass to Rod Gardner on fourth and 10 with six minutes left as the Tigers defeated the Gamecocks, 31-21, yesterday in Columbia, S.C.
South Carolina finished 0-11 under Lou Holtz and extended the nation's longest losing streak to 21 games.
Both programs looked in shambles a year ago when they searched for new leadership. But it was Clemson's Tommy Bowden who regrouped his team; the Tigers qualified for the postseason at 6-5.
* N. CAROLINA 38, DUKE 0: Josh McGee set a school record with six field goals as host North Carolina beat Duke for the 10th straight time, giving Coach Carl Torbush a victorious send-off in his final game. McGee made kicks of 41, 50, 23, 22, 41 and 40 yards to tie the Atlantic Coast Conference single-game mark first set by Vince Fusco of Duke in 1976 as the Tar Heels (3-8, 2-6) closed their worst season in a decade with two straight wins.
Earlier in the week, Torbush and school officials were in the process of buying out the final three years of his five-year contract. Torbush was raised on the shoulders of his players after the game in an emotional scene.