CLEMSON -- South Carolina’s performance Saturday night in a 56-7 loss to rival Clemson in the 114th edition of the Palmetto Bowl was ugly on both sides of the ball.
Some things said on the field were uglier.
Gamecocks linebacker Bryson-Allen-Williams, who intercepted his second career pass in the second quarter, told reporters afterwards that Clemson players “disrespected” USC and uttered racial slurs, including the ‘N-word’ on at least one occasion.
“They did a lot of disrespectful things on the field,” Allen-Williams said. “Some of their offensive lineman called us N-words and did a lot of nasty stuff. I know they called one of our defensive linemen the N-word. Coach Muschamp has always talked to us about being a classy program. That’s one thing we’re going to do. It’s irrelevant now because the scoreboard is what is is. But this is going to hurt, it’s going to linger. Deep down, we’re going to feel it.”
Clemson’s disrespect began during pregame activities when some Tiger players warmed up on the Gamecock side of the field.
“You don’t do that against teams,” Allen-Williams said. “But they beat us and they were the better team today.”
Worst part about the lopsided loss? Gamecock players must wait a full year to get revenge.
“We have to wait 365 days to get back at this team,” Allen-Williams said. “But everybody doesn’t want to wait until then. We’ll just have to take our frustration out on (our bowl opponent). But we’ll definitely be ready next year at Williams-Brice. We’ll definitely have this game circled.
“Everybody in our senior class next year is definitely going to remember this game. It’s going to drive us during the offseason.”