Wins tremendous for state
In South Carolina, there was a lot of cheering and exchanging of high-fives Monday night, and it was not simply because people were gladly saying goodbye to 2012 and hello to 2013. In fact, much of the same revelry carried over Tuesday night.
The celebrations were appropriate as South Carolina's biggest football rivalries came away with bowl victories that did much to bolster state pride. And both teams came away with victories that made all the nail biting and yelling at TVs worthwhile. "Exciting" does not begin to describe the last-second victories posted by the Clemson Tigers and South Carolina Gamecocks.
Congratulations are due both teams. Clemson kicker Chandler Catanzaro's 37-yard field goal that gave his team a 25-24 win against Louisiana State in the Chick-fil-A Bowl was phenomenal. So was Carolina's touchdown made by Bruce Ellington and thrown by substitute quarterback Dylan Thompson with 11 seconds left in the game that gave USC a historic Outback Bowl victory against Michigan.
Clemson and Carolina fans alike should be gracious in congratulating each other for their teams' victories. College football is not everything, but darn near for many. These were tremendous wins for the state and great ways to bid goodbye to 2012 and hello to 2013.
We'd even go so far as to say these two bowl games make the governor's pet greeting worth saying: "It's a great day in South Carolina."
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