Clemson Football: Ranking the 5 best Palmetto Bowl games of the Swinney era

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One of the most lopsided butt kicking’s the chickens have ever experienced.

As we mentioned earlier, Clemson quarterback had made a promise that he was never going to lose to South Carolina. He came into the game 2-0 as a starter and had a chance to make a statement to the Heisman voters that he was the right guy for the award.

Watson put on quite the show that night in Death Valley, in what would be his final home game as a Tiger. He ended the night 27/33 347 yards and six touchdowns passing. Final score: 56-7

Clemson football would put up more than 600 yards of offense that night as the Tigers used that momentum to propel them to a win over Virginia Tech in the ACC Championship game, Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl and over Alabama for their first national title since 1981.

This game really let the South Carolina fans and players know where they stood. Yes, they were singing some of the best players in the state, but Clemson was signing the best players around the Southeast and that while Deshaun was leaving, the domination was going to continue.