The South Carolina Gamecocks were able to get a huge 31-30 win over in-state rival Clemson in the annual Palmetto Bowl on Saturday. Much of that was due to an excellent performance from Gamecocks quarterback Spencer Rattler.
Despite coming into the game as 14-point underdogs, South Carolina was able to defy the odds and secure a huge victory on the road.
Rattler finished the game with 360 passing yards along with three total touchdowns. And he had a number of highlight-reel plays in the game.
Spencer Rattler! Antwane Wells! Look away Tennessee fans! pic.twitter.com/U3X790uArh
— Unnecessary Roughness (@UnnecRoughness) November 26, 2022
You cannot say enough about Spencer Rattler's poise on that drive… just gave up a safety… leads Carolina on the scoring drive. We gotta game. pic.twitter.com/vPR94V6rfW
— Mike Gillespie (@MikeABCColumbia) November 26, 2022
Perhaps his biggest play of the game came late in the fourth quarter, where the Gamecocks clinched the victory with a huge first-down conversion to ice the game.
South Carolina stuns No. 8 Clemson! 🏈 pic.twitter.com/iMdTN3VLq1
— The Comeback (@thecomeback) November 26, 2022
Following the massive win, Rattler’s celebration method in the locker room certainly caught the attention of the college football world.
South Carolina’s social media team shared a video of Rattler enjoying a cigar sitting at his locker.
— Saturday Down South (@SatDownSouth) November 26, 2022
Regardless, many seem to believe that this celebration from Rattler is well deserved after his excellent performance.
Life is good if you’re Spencer Rattler rn😎
— PFF College (@PFF_College) November 26, 2022
Spencer Rattler found a cigar pic.twitter.com/QpGdOrfvQs
— Ben Portnoy (@bportnoy15) November 26, 2022
— Chandler Mack (@chandlerdmack) November 26, 2022
— Dez Bryant (@DezBryant) November 26, 2022
Spencer Rattler living his best life pic.twitter.com/Q9IBzddXi8
— Bussin' With The Boys 🐺 (@BussinWTB) November 26, 2022
Spencer Rattler today:
355 total yards
3 total touchdowns
Back-to-back wins over top 10 teams. 🔥
— The Checkdown (@thecheckdown) November 26, 2022
Many wrote Rattler off after he transferred from Oklahoma this past offseason. But he has certainly been impressive down the stretch of the season.
South Carolina’s win on Saturday was also vastly important for their football program. This marks their first win in the Palmetto Bowl since 2013, ending Clemson’s seven-game winning streak in the rivalry.