The good news? One Palmetto State football team actually bothered to show up and compete in its bowl game today. The bad news? They ended up reverting to their previous form and falling apart in the game’s final stanza.
The Clempsun Farmers – revitalized by their new head coach, “Dat Boy” – fell 26-21 to the Nebraska Cornhuskers in the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, marking the end of a surprising turnaround that saw them go from ACC also-rans to competing a New Year’s Day bowl.
It was the third game Clemspun lost this year in the fourth quarter, but there’s no doubt the program is headed in the right direction under its curiously-named coach.
Sure, they still can’t spell so gud, but at least they put forth the effort – which is more than can be said for their disappointing in-state rivals.
In a game that should have been dubbed the “Farmer Bowl” given both teams’ agrarian connections, Nebraska came back from an 11-point deficit twice, scoring the game’s final sixteen points to complete the comeback.
Clempsun had a chance to win the game on its final drive, but a pass from quarterback Cullen Harper to CJ Spiller fell harmlessly to the end zone turf on fourth and goal with just over a minute left on the clock.