Gamecocks beating Clemson in off-the-field matchup

Donors get a free shirt for donating at the Lowcountry Clemson vs Carolina Blood Battle

By Mike

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCIV) - Not that permission needs to be given here, but let the trash talk between Clemson and Carolina begin.

The Tigers and Gamecocks are the only teams remaining on each other's regular season schedule, and the growing hype about the game is being used for causes off the football field.

"It's nice to beat Clemson at something," said Gamecock fan Sandy Hillen on Monday, after she helped add a tally to the USC side in the 2012 Lowcountry Clemson vs. Carolina Blood Battle.

The Lowcountry Blood Drive ends Wednesday night and is one of the biggest events each year that bring people in to the Red Cross to donate blood.

"This is a big thing every year," said Deedee Hogoen with the Red Cross. Hogoen stands right in the middle of the rivalry. One of her daughters and her brother graduated from USC and her other daughter and her father are Clemson alumni.

"[Donations] are ten fold. It's a tremendous difference leading up to this game every year," said Hogoen.

Carolina has won the blood drive each of the last two years and leads the 2012 battle. The score on Monday night was Clemson 206 and Carolina 293.

"We gotta' get our act together," said Clemson fan Margaret Midels. "My message is roll up your sleeves!"

You can donate at the Red Cross donor centers in West Ashley and Mount Pleasant on Tuesday and Wednesday, as well as the donor center at MUSC on the second floor.

Donors receive a free Blood Battle t-shirt, a free hair cut from Great Clips and a chance to win a pair of tickets to the game on Saturday.

"It's good to have an incentive," said Clemson fan Gene Fanning who donated in West Ashley on Monday. "The very first time I gave blood, I was a student at Trident Technical College back in 1970 and they said that if the entire class gave blood, we got a day off from school. There were like nine of us in the chemical engineering program. We all gave blood."

With donor centers expected to be busy for the final two days of the Blood Battle, Deedee Hogoen has some advice for people coming out.

"It's best to make an appointment and the simple reason is because we were slammed and the ones with appointments are always first," she said.

You can call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit to schedule an appointment.