As the University of South Carolina and Clemson University gear up for their annual rivalry football game on November 30th, USC has some extra momentum after a different competition between the two schools.

This past week was the 29th annual blood drive where students, faculty, staff and football fans donated blood at the campuses to show their support for their favorite team.

And the Red Cross reports that USC recruited the most donors – 4,124, compared to 3,293 for Clemson.

It's the sixth consecutive win for the Gamecocks, and breaks a tie between the schools, giving USC the lead with 15 wins to Clemson's 14.

USC will be awarded the coveted blood drive trophy at the Carolina-Clemson football game at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Over the past 29 years of competition, the universities have collected approximately 100,000 pints of blood, potentially helping about 300,000 patients in need.

The Red Cross says eligible donors can still show their Gamecock or Tiger pride and receive a commemorative Carolina-Clemson Blood Drive T-shirt by giving blood now through December 1st at participating blood drives in the Columbia area and at the American Red Cross Donation Center on Bull Street.

To make an appointment or for more information, you can call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or go online to