Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said he was disappointed that some South Carolina fans threw bottles from the stands--including one that came near one of his players--during Clemson's win Saturday night.
The Tigers easily prevailed 34-10.
During the second quarter, however, when the game's outcome was still in doubt, fans began throwing water bottles from the stands, after a Clemson touchdown some of which reached the endzone. Broadcast TV images showed one of the bottles whizzing by one of the Clemson player's legs.
Swinney could be seen screaming at the referees to call an unsportsmanlike penalty on the crowd. Instead, Swinney himself was flagged for unsportsmanlike conduct. ESPN's Holly Rowe reported that Swinney told her that at the time he thought one of his players had been hit.
He admitted later that he lost his cool, and shouldn't have gotten that upset.
"I lost my poise and they threw a flag on me because I came out of the box, and I did," he said. "I came out of the box. He didn't throw a flag on me because of what I said."
Swinney said he felt his players were in danger, and that it wasn't the first time he'd seen projectiles being thrown in the game.
Despite admitting that he got too upset, he stands by his criticism, but said he knows the few who were responsible don't represent all of the Gamecock fans.
"It was disappointing," Swinney said. "You know I know that's not representative of South Carolina fans who are great people, and you know that was just disappointing to see. It's dangerous."