Bettor wins $180,000 on South Carolina's 31-30 upset of No. 8 Clemson

A bettor’s confidence in South Carolina and Spencer Rattler paid off on Saturday.

Someone at BetMGM wagered $40,000 on the Gamecocks to win outright at No. 8 Clemson. South Carolina was a 14.5-point underdog and +450 on the money line to win. And since South Carolina came through with a 31-30 win over the Tigers, the bettor walked away with a $180,000 profit on the bet.

Not bad at all, don’t you think?

South Carolina entered the game on the heels of a huge home win over Tennessee. The 63-38 win knocked the Volunteers out of College Football Playoff contention. And then South Carolina did the same thing to another orange-clad rival in the final week of the season.

Clemson turned the ball over three times and lost two fumbles on special teams. The first fumble happened on a trick play kickoff return after Phil Mafah took a handoff from Will Shipley. South Carolina scored four plays later to cut Clemson’s lead to two.

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The second came with just over two minutes to go. South Carolina punted to the Tigers while clinging to a one-point lead and Antonio Williams fumbled the ball on the punt return. South Carolina recovered and simply ran out the clock for the win.

Clemson QB D.J. Uiagalelei had a brutal game as he went 8-of-29 for 99 yards and a TD and an interception. Clemson rushed the ball 37 times for 237 yards, but the lack of a passing game was a serious problem for the Tigers.

While Uiagalelei improved in 2022, Clemson’s inability to be consistently explosive on offense is a big reason why the Tigers aren’t going to the playoff for a second consecutive season. Uiagalelei threw for 191 yards and a TD and an interception in the Tigers’ Nov. 5 loss to Notre Dame and topped 300 yards passing just once in 2022.

Rattler, meanwhile, was 25-of-39 passing for 360 yards and two TDs and ran for another. While Rattler threw an interception in the end zone and a pick-six in the first half, he was much better in the second half. Much to one bettor’s delight.

South Carolina quarterback Spencer Rattler throws a pass against Clemson at Memorial Stadium on November 26, 2022 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Eakin Howard/Getty Images)
South Carolina quarterback Spencer Rattler throws a pass against Clemson at Memorial Stadium on November 26, 2022 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Eakin Howard/Getty Images)