By PETE IACOBELLI
AP Sports Writer
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — First-year South Carolina football coach Shane Beamer has heard it almost every day for the more than 11 months since he first accepted the job: Beat Clemson. It has been nearly eight years since the Gamecocks walked away with a win against the Tigers. But its a goal that seems closer entering Saturday’s matchup than it has been since the Gamecocks last rivalry win in 2013. Beamer has South Carolina bowl eligible. The Gamecocks continued their late surge to six victories with a 21-17 win over Auburn last week.