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The University of South Carolina football program has recorded a ten-win season for only the second time in its 118-year history – and for the second time, it achieved the feat against its arch-rivals, the Clemson Tigers.

The last (and only other) time the Gamecocks hit the double digit win mark? November 24, 1984 – when quarterback Mike Hold led USC to a 22-21 victory over Clemson in Death Valley.

This year, Gamecock fans didn’t have to sweat it out … No. 12 South Carolina (10-2, 6-2 SEC) thrashed the seventeenth-ranked Tigers (9-3, 6-2 ACC) for the third year in a row, emphatically reviving the competitiveness of what had become a one-sided “Rivalry in Name Only.”

To read our recap of the 2011 “Palmetto Bowl,” click here. For stats, click here.

Courtesy of award-winning photojournalist Travis Bell, below is a gallery of high resolution images from Saturday’s contest. Remember, once you’re inside the gallery you can enlarge each image further by clicking on it a second time.

Enjoy …

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Pic: Travis Bell, Sideline Carolina