COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina players have put their blowout loss at Clemson in the past over the course of the past three-plus weeks.
But that doesn’t mean the Gamecocks haven’t thought about the feeling of the 56-7 loss to their rivals and letting it be a lesson for the future.
“Never again,” linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams said. “That’s something that we have been posting in the locker room and been saying to ourselves. We never want to get beat like that again. We have to do everything we can do this offseason and everything have to do in the fall to not allow things like that to happen next year.
“As a rising senior, that’s just something I’m not going to allow myself to not work as hard as I possibly can to help my team not let things like that happen again. That’s just something that we have in our head and that’s our motto: Never again.”
South Carolina is less than a week into its preparations for the Birmingham Bowl against South Florida on Dec. 29. It will be the first time the Gamecocks take the field since they took their second-worst loss against Clemson in the rivalry’s history.
Coach Will Muschamp said the loss “still burns” last week, while running back David Williams said it was tough to get over the feeling at first but the break following the Nov. 26 loss helped.
“Once we knew we were going to a bowl game, we had to change our attitude,” Williams said. “We couldn’t dwell on the past because it would affect us going into the USF game.”
After the loss to Clemson, Allen-Williams said the Gamecocks will aim to take out their frustrations from it on every team until they face the Tigers again next year on Nov. 25.
Their first opportunity to do so comes with South Florida and Williams said a win would go a long way for leaving the season on the right note.
“I think we just carry it into next season,” Williams said. “We are going to have that confidence. If the season would have ended with the Clemson game, we would have been bummed about it all winter and all workouts.
“We can finish with a ‘W’ and I think that would feed off into next season.”