Will Muschamp’s second regular season at South Carolina ended better than anybody thought it would.
That will matter at some point in the future, but Saturday night, the only thing that mattered for the Gamecocks was the stark reality that they still have miles to go to catch up to their in-state rival. No. 4 Clemson reminded South Carolina of that emphatically in the form of a 34-10 victory in front of 82,908 fans at Williams-Brice Stadium.
“I told our team afterward, we have to learn to handle the moment better, obviously,” said Muschamp, the Gamecocks coach who is now 0-2 against the Tigers. “That’s something that was addressed at the end of the game. I am extremely proud of the progress we have made in the last two seasons, and I am extremely disappointed in tonight. We need to learn from this.”
How long it will take for Gamecock fans to appreciate that the regular season ended a surprising 8-4 and probably will result in a Florida bowl game is up for debate. It could take a while to get the taste of Saturday night out of their mouths.
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