South Carolina has defeated Clemson in the first year of the Certified SC Grown Palmetto Series, The Columbia State reports.
The Certified SC Grown Palmetto Series is a points-based competition between the two flagship universities in South Carolina awarding points for success on the field and GPA. Points were awarded for head-to-head victories in games between the two schools and in-class work with student athlete GPAs.
So while Clemson did make the national championship game of the College Football Playoff, South Carolina came out on top 10-5 with wins in men’s basketball, women’s basketball, the academic point and a student food drive.
“I couldn’t be more proud of our student-athletes, coaches and fans for how they conducted themselves on and off the field,” South Carolina athletics director Ray Tanner said. “We know it will be a tough competition every year and we are happy to claim bragging rights this year.”
The Palmetto Series Trophy will be presented to South Carolina during the Sept. 17 game against East Carolina at Williams-Brice Stadium.
The competition between these two rivals will begin again in August with a women’s soccer match at Clemson.