Monday, July 22, 2019

Classic College Football: 1981 Clemson Tigers at 1987 South Carolina Gamecocks


Here we go, it is the 1981 Clemson Tigers against the 1987 South Carolina Gamecocks. Why would this matchup be intriguing? For one, the 1987 Gamecocks might be the most underrated team in Gamecock history. College Football Reference has an SRS rating which stands for Simple Rating System. The system measures strength of schedule and point differential. The 1987 Gamecocks went 8-4 on the season but have the highest SRS rating of any team in Gamecock history narrowly edging out the 2013, 2012 and 2011 Gamecock teams.


The 1987 Gamecock schedule was brutal and they lost close games to great teams while beating a Top 10 Clemson team to end the season. 






The Gamecocks peaked at #8 in the AP Poll and finished #15


The 1981 Clemson Tigers have the second highest SRS in Clemson history just behind the 2018 and ahead of the 2017, 2016 and 2015 Clemson teams.


So we decided to play a game using a simulator. The game will be played in Williams-Brice Stadium since they are both odd numbered year teams so the Gamecocks will have home field advantage. The simulator does factor that in. Below you will see the write up of every single play. At the end you will see the game summary and boxscore. Enjoy





'87 South Carolina
15:00'87 SCU 35Collin Mackie kicks 57 yards to '81 CU 8. Perry Tuttle to '81 CU 39 for 31 yards. FUMBLE
Recovered by Robert Robinson ( '87 South Carolina) at '81 CU 39.
'87 South Carolina
14:491&10'81 CU 39Todd Ellis medium short incomplete to Ryan Bethea.
14:422&10'81 CU 39Todd Ellis flare to Keith Bing to '81 CU 34 for 5 yards.
14:073&5'81 CU 34Todd Ellis medium short to Kevin White pushed ob at '81 CU 29 for 5 yards.
14:001&10'81 CU 29Kevin White end-around to '81 CU 28 for 1 yard.
13:222&9'81 CU 28Harold Green Draw to '81 CU 25 for 3 yards.
12:423&6'81 CU 25Todd Ellis flare to Harold Green to '81 CU 20 for 5 yards.
12:024&1'81 CU 20Keith Bing Inside to '81 CU 19 for 1 yard.
11:361&10'81 CU 19Kevin Jones Inside to '81 CU 19 for 0 yards.
10:532&10'81 CU 19Sterling Sharpe end-around to '81 CU 18 for 1 yard.
10:133&9'81 CU 18Harold Green Draw to '81 CU 15 for 3 yards.
9:384&6'81 CU 15Collin Mackie 32 yard field goal is Good0 - 3
9:34'87 SCU 35Collin Mackie kicks 59 yards to '81 CU 6. Perry Tuttle pushed ob at '81 CU 33 for 27 yards.
'81 Clemson
9:251&10'81 CU 33Kevin Mack Inside to '81 CU 35 for 2 yards.
8:422&8'81 CU 35Perry Tuttle end-around to '81 CU 35 for 0 yards.
7:593&8'81 CU 35Cliff Austin Draw to '81 CU 38 for 3 yards.
7:214&5'81 CU 38Dale Hatcher punts 61 yards to '87 SCU 1. Ball rolls out of bounds.
'87 South Carolina
7:151&10'87 SCU 1Todd Ellis P/A - medium short to Kevin White pushed ob at '87 SCU 12 for 11 yards.
7:061&10'87 SCU 12Greg Welch Outside to '87 SCU 20 for 8 yards.
6:252&2'87 SCU 20Harold Green Outside pushed ob at '87 SCU 32 for 12 yards.
6:161&10'87 SCU 32Harold Green Outside to '87 SCU 31 for -1 yards.
5:402&11'87 SCU 31Keith Bing Draw to '87 SCU 40 for 9 yards.
4:573&2'87 SCU 40Play Flagged Dead
PENALTY on '87 South Carolina, False start, 5 yards, enforced at '87 SCU 40, No play.
4:493&7'87 SCU 35Todd Ellis medium short to Harold Green to '87 SCU 49 for 14 yards.
4:261&10'87 SCU 49Harold Green Inside to '81 CU 47 for 4 yards.
3:502&6'81 CU 47Greg Welch Outside to '81 CU 47 for 0 yards. TIMEOUT '87 South Carolina
3:073&6'81 CU 47Todd Ellis medium short to Harold Green to '81 CU 33 for 14 yards.
2:441&10'81 CU 33Kevin Jones Inside to '81 CU 30 for 3 yards.
2:042&7'81 CU 30Harold Green Inside to '81 CU 25 for 5 yards.
1:263&2'81 CU 25Play Flagged Dead
PENALTY on '87 South Carolina, False start, 5 yards, enforced at '81 CU 25, No play.
1:173&7'81 CU 30Todd Ellis medium short to Harold Green to '81 CU 24 for 6 yards.
0:364&1'81 CU 24Harold Green Inside to '81 CU 20 for 4 yards.
0:111&10'81 CU 20Todd Ellis P/A - medium short intended for Ryan Bethea. INTERCEPTED by Terry Kinard at '81 CU 16.
Terry Kinard to '81 CU 32 for 16 yards.
'81 Clemson
0:041&10'81 CU 32Chuck McSwain Outside to '81 CU 44 for 12 yards.
15:001&10'81 CU 44Kevin Mack Inside to '81 CU 49 for 5 yards.
14:222&5'81 CU 49Cliff Austin Outside to '81 CU 49 for 0 yards.
13:463&5'81 CU 49Homer Jordan QB Run to '87 SCU 43 for 8 yards.
13:221&10'87 SCU 43Kevin Mack Outside to '87 SCU 40 for 3 yards.
12:472&7'87 SCU 40Homer Jordan QB Run pushed ob at '87 SCU 33 for 7 yards.
12:391&10'87 SCU 33Cliff Austin Outside pushed ob at '87 SCU 33 for 0 yards.
12:312&10'87 SCU 33Cliff Austin Inside to '87 SCU 30 for 3 yards.
11:553&7'87 SCU 30Kevin Mack Outside to '87 SCU 32 for -2 yards.
11:144&9'87 SCU 32Play Flagged Dead
PENALTY on '81 Clemson, Delay of game, 5 yards, enforced at '87 SCU 32, No play.
11:094&14'87 SCU 37Dale Hatcher punts 20 yards to '87 SCU 17. Ball rolls out of bounds.
'87 South Carolina
11:021&10'87 SCU 17Todd Ellis QB Scramble to '87 SCU 22 for 5 yards.
10:242&5'87 SCU 22Todd Ellis medium incomplete to Hardin Brown.
10:153&5'87 SCU 22Todd Ellis medium to Sterling Sharpe to '87 SCU 28 for 6 yards.
9:481&10'87 SCU 28Kevin Jones Outside pushed ob at '87 SCU 29 for 1 yard.
9:392&9'87 SCU 29Todd Ellis medium short to Kevin White to '87 SCU 36 for 7 yards.
8:563&2'87 SCU 36Harold Green Outside to '87 SCU 37 for 1 yard.
8:164&1'87 SCU 37Daren Parker punts 30 yards to '81 CU 33. Billy Davis to '81 CU 40 for 7 yards.
'81 Clemson
8:071&10'81 CU 40Play Flagged Dead
PENALTY on '81 Clemson, False start, 5 yards, enforced at '81 CU 40, No play.
8:071&15'81 CU 35Chuck McSwain Outside to '81 CU 34 for -1 yards.
7:252&16'81 CU 34Cliff Austin Draw to '81 CU 40 for 6 yards.
6:443&10'81 CU 40Brendon Crite Draw to '81 CU 40 for 0 yards.
6:034&10'81 CU 40Dale Hatcher punts 42 yards to '87 SCU 18. Sterling Sharpe to '87 SCU 23 for 5 yards.
PENALTY on '87 South Carolina, Illegal block on the return, 10 yards, enforced at '87 SCU 20.
'87 South Carolina
5:551&10'87 SCU 10Keith Bing Outside pushed ob at '87 SCU 15 for 5 yards.
5:482&5'87 SCU 15Harold Green Inside to '87 SCU 17 for 2 yards.
5:083&3'87 SCU 17Todd Ellis QB Run to '87 SCU 14 for -3 yards. FUMBLE
Recovered by Bill Smith ( '81 Clemson) at '87 SCU 14.
'81 Clemson
4:591&10'87 SCU 14Homer Jordan QB Run to '87 SCU 11 for 3 yards.
4:162&7'87 SCU 11Brendon Crite Outside to '87 SCU 11 for 0 yards.
3:363&7'87 SCU 11Cliff Austin Draw to '87 SCU 1 for 10 yards.
3:121&GL'87 SCU 1Kevin Mack Inside to '87 SCU 1 for 0 yards.
2:352&GL'87 SCU 1Brendon Crite Inside to '87 SCU 2 for -1 yards. TIMEOUT '81 Clemson
2:273&GL'87 SCU 2Cliff Austin Inside for 2 yards. TOUCHDOWN6 - 3
2:18'87 SCU 3Bob Pauling extra point is Good7 - 3
2:18'81 CU 35Donald Igwebuike kicks 56 yards to '87 SCU 9. Kevin Jones to '87 SCU 28 for 19 yards.
'87 South Carolina
2:091&10'87 SCU 28Todd Ellis QB Run pushed ob at '87 SCU 47 for 19 yards.
1:591&10'87 SCU 47Harold Green Draw to '81 CU 45 for 8 yards.
1:352&2'81 CU 45Harold Green Inside to '81 CU 41 for 4 yards. TIMEOUT '87 South Carolina
1:261&10'81 CU 41Keith Bing Inside to '81 CU 38 for 3 yards.
1:032&7'81 CU 38Keith Bing Draw to '81 CU 14 for 24 yards. TIMEOUT '87 South Carolina
0:521&10'81 CU 14Greg Welch Outside to '81 CU 11 for 3 yards.
PENALTY on '87 South Carolina, Holding, 10 yards, enforced at '81 CU 14, No play.
0:421&20'81 CU 24Todd Ellis medium long incomplete to Ryan Bethea.
PENALTY on '87 South Carolina, Holding, 10 yards, enforced at '81 CU 24, No play.
0:321&30'81 CU 34Todd Ellis medium short incomplete to Kevin White.
0:232&30'81 CU 34Todd Ellis medium intended for Sterling Sharpe. INTERCEPTED by Rod McSwain at '81 CU 24.
Rod McSwain to '81 CU 27 for 3 yards.
'81 Clemson
0:161&10'81 CU 27Homer Jordan QB Kneel to '81 CU 25 for -2 yards.
15:00'81 CU 35Donald Igwebuike kicks 59 yards to '87 SCU 6. Sterling Sharpe pushed ob at '87 SCU 33 for 27 yards.
'87 South Carolina
14:521&10'87 SCU 33Todd Ellis medium short to Kevin White to '87 SCU 38 for 5 yards. FUMBLE
Recovered by Harold Green ( '87 South Carolina) at '87 SCU 38.
14:152&5'87 SCU 38Harold Green Outside pushed ob at '87 SCU 40 for 2 yards.
14:063&3'87 SCU 40Todd Ellis medium incomplete to Danny Smith.
13:584&3'87 SCU 40Daren Parker punts 39 yards to '81 CU 21. Fair catch by Billy Davis.
'81 Clemson
13:521&10'81 CU 21Chuck McSwain Outside to '81 CU 20 for -1 yards.
13:172&11'81 CU 20Homer Jordan drops the snap.
Recovered by Brad Fisher ( '81 Clemson) at '81 CU 20.
12:423&11'81 CU 20Homer Jordan QB Run to '81 CU 23 for 3 yards.
12:014&8'81 CU 23Dale Hatcher punts 29 yard to '87 SCU 48. Sterling Sharpe pushed ob at '87 SCU 49 for 1 yard.
'87 South Carolina
11:541&10'87 SCU 49Harold Green Outside to '81 CU 43 for 8 yards.
11:142&2'81 CU 43Harold Green Outside pushed ob at '81 CU 43 for 0 yards.
11:043&2'81 CU 43Harold Green Outside pushed ob at '81 CU 44 for -1 yards.
10:564&3'81 CU 44Daren Parker punts 41 yards to '81 CU 3. Ball rolls out of bounds.
'81 Clemson
10:471&10'81 CU 3D Holloman Inside to '81 CU 7 for 4 yards.
10:062&6'81 CU 7Kevin Mack Inside to '81 CU 9 for 2 yards.
9:313&4'81 CU 9Cliff Austin Draw to '81 CU 7 for -2 yards.
8:494&6'81 CU 7Dale Hatcher punts 47 yards to '87 SCU 46. Fair catch by Sterling Sharpe.
'87 South Carolina
8:411&10'87 SCU 46Todd Ellis QB Run to '87 SCU 42 for -4 yards.
7:582&14'87 SCU 42Todd Ellis QB Scramble pushed ob at '81 CU 47 for 11 yards.
7:463&3'81 CU 47Todd Ellis medium short to Danny Smith to '81 CU 44 for 3 yards.
7:201&10'81 CU 44Harold Green Outside to '81 CU 38 for 6 yards.
6:442&4'81 CU 38Todd Ellis sacked by Jeff Davis to '81 CU 45 for -7 yards.
6:043&11'81 CU 45Harold Green Draw to '81 CU 41 for 4 yards.
5:224&7'81 CU 41Daren Parker punts 35 yards to '81 CU 6. Ball rolls out of bounds.
'81 Clemson
5:131&10'81 CU 6Kevin Mack Inside to '81 CU 5 for -1 yards.
4:352&11'81 CU 5Chuck McSwain Inside to '81 CU 7 for 2 yards.
3:583&9'81 CU 7Jeff McCall Draw to '81 CU 13 for 6 yards.
3:174&3'81 CU 13Dale Hatcher punts 46 yards to '87 SCU 41. Sterling Sharpe for 59 yards. TOUCHDOWN7 - 9
'87 South Carolina
3:10'81 CU 3Collin Mackie extra point is Good7 - 10
3:10'87 SCU 35Collin Mackie kicks 60 yards to '81 CU 5. Perry Tuttle pushed ob at '81 CU 18 for 13 yards.
'81 Clemson
3:011&10'81 CU 18Homer Jordan QB Run to '81 CU 18 for 0 yards.
2:212&10'81 CU 18Jeff McCall Outside to '81 CU 17 for -1 yards.
1:463&11'81 CU 17Chuck McSwain Draw to '81 CU 23 for 6 yards.
1:044&5'81 CU 23Dale Hatcher punts 37 yards to '87 SCU 40. Ball rolls out of bounds.
'87 South Carolina
0:571&10'87 SCU 40Play Flagged Dead
PENALTY on '87 South Carolina, False start, 5 yards, enforced at '87 SCU 40, No play.
0:571&15'87 SCU 35Harold Green Outside to '87 SCU 38 for 3 yards.
0:222&12'87 SCU 38Todd Ellis long intended for Ryan Bethea. INTERCEPTED by Hollis Hall at '81 CU 31.
Hollis Hall to '81 CU 34 for 3 yards.
'81 Clemson
0:111&10'81 CU 34Chuck McSwain Outside to '81 CU 38 for 4 yards.
15:002&6'81 CU 38Chuck McSwain Inside to '81 CU 42 for 4 yards.
14:223&2'81 CU 42Homer Jordan QB Run pushed ob at '81 CU 46 for 4 yards.
14:121&10'81 CU 46Cliff Austin Inside to '81 CU 49 for 3 yards. (Cliff Austin Shaken Up) INJURY TIMEOUT
14:042&7'81 CU 49Kevin Mack Inside to '87 SCU 47 for 4 yards.
13:293&3'87 SCU 47Homer Jordan QB Run to Midfield for -3 yards.
12:464&650Dale Hatcher punts 37 yards to '87 SCU 13. Sterling Sharpe to '87 SCU 11 for -2 yards.
'87 South Carolina
12:381&10'87 SCU 11Greg Welch Outside pushed ob at '87 SCU 11 for 0 yards.
12:282&10'87 SCU 11Todd Ellis medium incomplete to Ryan Bethea.
12:213&10'87 SCU 11Todd Ellis QB Scramble to '87 SCU 14 for 3 yards.
11:454&7'87 SCU 14Daren Parker punts 24 yards to '87 SCU 38. Fair catch by Billy Davis.
'81 Clemson
11:381&10'87 SCU 38Homer Jordan QB Run to '87 SCU 36 for 2 yards.
11:032&8'87 SCU 36Chuck McSwain Outside pushed ob at '87 SCU 34 for 2 yards.
10:553&6'87 SCU 34Homer Jordan sacked by Derrick Frazier to '87 SCU 40 for -6 yards.
PENALTY on '87 South Carolina, Personal foul, 15 yards, enforced at '87 SCU 40.
10:461&10'87 SCU 25Kevin Mack Outside to '87 SCU 8 for 17 yards.
10:191&GL'87 SCU 8Chuck McSwain Outside to '87 SCU 7 for 1 yard.
9:422&GL'87 SCU 7Brendon Crite Draw to '87 SCU 5 for 2 yards.
9:023&GL'87 SCU 5Homer Jordan medium short to Perry Tuttle to '87 SCU 2 for 3 yards.
8:264&GL'87 SCU 2Donald Igwebuike 19 yard field goal is Good10 - 10
8:22'81 CU 35Donald Igwebuike kicks 61 yards to '87 SCU 4. Sterling Sharpe to '87 SCU 23 for 19 yards.
'87 South Carolina
8:141&10'87 SCU 23Todd Ellis medium incomplete to Ryan Bethea.
8:072&10'87 SCU 23Todd Ellis medium long to Danny Smith to '87 SCU 48 for 25 yards.
7:401&10'87 SCU 48Todd Ellis QB Scramble to '81 CU 43 for 9 yards.
6:592&1'81 CU 43Greg Welch Inside to '81 CU 34 for 9 yards.
6:331&10'81 CU 34Ryan Bethea end-around for 34 yards. TOUCHDOWN10 - 16
6:25'81 CU 3Collin Mackie extra point is Good10 - 17
6:25'87 SCU 35Collin Mackie kicks 60 yards to '81 CU 5. Perry Tuttle to '81 CU 35 for 30 yards.
'81 Clemson
6:131&10'81 CU 35Kevin Mack Outside to '81 CU 36 for 1 yard.
5:362&9'81 CU 36Homer Jordan medium incomplete to Perry Tuttle.
5:273&9'81 CU 36Chuck McSwain Draw to '81 CU 44 for 8 yards.
4:514&1'81 CU 44Dale Hatcher punts 39 yards to '87 SCU 17. Fair catch by Sterling Sharpe.
'87 South Carolina
4:421&10'87 SCU 17Harold Green Inside to '87 SCU 21 for 4 yards.
4:002&6'87 SCU 21Todd Ellis QB Run to '87 SCU 19 for -2 yards.
3:173&8'87 SCU 19Harold Green Outside to '87 SCU 23 for 4 yards.
2:314&4'87 SCU 23Daren Parker punts 44 yards to '81 CU 33. Billy Davis pushed ob at '81 CU 44 for 11 yards.
'81 Clemson
2:231&10'81 CU 44Homer Jordan medium short incomplete to Perry Tuttle.
2:152&10'81 CU 44Homer Jordan QB Scramble pushed ob at '87 SCU 47 for 9 yards.
2:043&1'87 SCU 47Cliff Austin Outside to '87 SCU 46 for 1 yard.
PENALTY on '81 Clemson, Illegal block, 15 yards, enforced at '87 SCU 47, No play.
1:543&16'81 CU 38Homer Jordan medium incomplete to Jerry Gaillard.
1:474&16'81 CU 38Homer Jordan medium long incomplete to Jeff Stockstill.
'87 South Carolina
1:381&10'81 CU 38Harold Green Inside to '81 CU 35 for 3 yards. TIMEOUT '81 Clemson
1:292&7'81 CU 35Harold Green Inside to '81 CU 32 for 3 yards. TIMEOUT '81 Clemson
1:183&4'81 CU 32Keith Bing Inside to '81 CU 28 for 4 yards. TIMEOUT '81 Clemson
1:071&10'81 CU 28Todd Ellis QB Kneel to '81 CU 30 for -2 yards.
0:252&12'81 CU 30Todd Ellis QB Kneel to '81 CU 32 for -2 yards.











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