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#pounditMonday, November 30, 2020

Clemson shows mercy to South Carolina State

Dabo Swinney

Clemson agreed to somewhat of a mercy rule during its game against South Carolina State on Saturday.

The Tigers were up 45-0 on the Bulldogs at halftime, so the sides agreed to shorter quarters in the second half.

Though the programs agreed to 12-minute quarters in the second half, they did not go to a running clock. NCAA rules allow coaches to agree to shorter clocks but not a running clock because of television timeouts, the Post and Courier says.

Clemson had most of its starters and even some second-string players out of the game by halftime. But even going with the lesser personnel didn’t matter with South Carolina State making boneheaded plays like this one:

South Carolina State got shutout by UCF in its first game and surrendered 53 points to Louisiana Tech in its first two games, so it’s been a rough start to the season for them.

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