The America Red Cross flag in Washington, DC (image credit Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty)
COLUMBIA, S.C., Nov. 16, 2012 -Carolina and Clemson wrapped up their 28th annual blood drive Friday, Nov. 16, resulting in a five-year consecutive win for the University of South Carolina over Clemson University.
The 2012 Carolina-Clemson Blood Drive took place on both campuses Nov. 12-16 with students, staff, faculty and fans casting votes for their favorite team by donating blood.
This year's event was a very close competition, with a total of 7,189 donors presenting to give blood, 3,655 for Carolina and 3,534 for Clemson.
Carolina's victory this year brings the current standings to a tie with each school having 14 blood drive wins.
The University of South Carolina will be awarded the coveted blood drive trophy at the Carolina-Clemson football game Nov. 24 at "Death Valley" (Clemson Memorial Stadium).
The Carolina-Clemson Blood Drive is held annually the week before the Carolina-Clemson football game. The drive comes at the start of the holiday season when the blood supply typically weakens.
Over the past 28 years of competition, the universities have collected more than 90,000 units of blood, potentially saving more than 270,000 lives.
Eligible donors can still show their Gamecock or Tiger spirit and receive a commemorative Carolina-Clemson Blood Drive T-shirt by giving blood now through Nov. 25 at the following blood drives and at the American Red Cross Donation Center, 2751 Bull St., Columbia.