The hatred between Clemson and South Carolina fans has often boiled into violence.
In 2004, the rivalry had perhaps its most famous moment when the game was interrupted by a bench-clearing brawl that covered nearly the entire field and saw at least one player get kicked in the head. Just this week, Clemson defensive lineman Clelin Ferrell told a story about seeing South Carolina fans fight a man in a Clemson shirt outside of a Columbia Waffle House.
But, according to a video tweeted out by SB Nation Friday, those fights are nothing compared to what nearly went down in 1902.
The rivalry began in 1896 and was contested for five consecutive seasons, but no game was held in 1901. Before it resumed in 1902, a poster reportedly surfaced that made Clemson students upset. After South Carolina’s 12-6 victory, Gamecock students featured the poster in a parade.
Clemson students, who were all cadets at the time, drew their swords. Several South Carolina students reportedly threatened to retaliate with pistols. Fortunately, then-South Carolina coach Christie Benet intervened before the scene turned deadly.
While violence was avoided, the series was canceled until 1909.
Check out the video below:
If you think Clemson-South Carolina is a fierce rivalry now, you should have seen when it included guns and bayonets. pic.twitter.com/cFwVxpi8Mp
— SB Nation (@SBNation) November 24, 2017