Two years ago, as 2009 came to a close, we compiled stats to take a closer look at just how successful Gamecock Football
was in the decade (2000-2009). We've decided to update some of those findings to include last year's 9-5 season:
By the Numbers
Overall Record: 77-53 (.592)
Conference Record: 42-46 (.477)
Winning Seasons: 8
Bowl Appearances: 6
Bowl Victories: 3
Record Against AP Top 25 Teams: 17-34 (.333)
Record Against AP Top 10 Teams: 4-18 (.181)
Record Against AP Top 5 Teams: 2-10 (.200)
Record Against AP #1s: 1-1 (.500)
Played the Eventual National Champion: 7 times since 2000. Carolina lost to LSU 7-33 in 2003, lost
a 16-17 heartbreaker in the Swamp to Florida in 2006, lost a 16-28 battle to LSU in 2007, dropped a 6-56 decision to the Gators
once again in the Swamp, and played tough in a 6-20 loss to Alabama in 2009. In 2010, Carolina played the eventual champ,
Auburn, twice losing a 27-35 game in September and a 17-56 decision in Carolina's first ever SEC Championship
Home Sweet Home
2000-2004-Holtz's Home Record: 22-11
2005-2010-Spurrier's Home Record: 29-13
Overall Home Record: 51-24 (.680)
2000-2004-Holtz's Road Record: 7-10 (.411)
2005-2009: Spurrier's Road Record: 14-15 (.482)
Overall Road Record: 21-25 (.456)
Record Against Annual Foes
Against Kentucky: 10-1
Against Vanderbilt: 9-2
Against Arkansas: 4-7
Against Clemson: 4-7
Against Georgia: 4-7
Against Tennessee: 3-8
Against Florida: 2-9
QB: Phil Petty (1997-2001)
RB: Marcus Lattimore (2010-present)
TE: Jared Cook (2006-2008)
WR: Sidney Rice (2004-2006)
WR: Kenny McKinley (2005-2008)
WR: Alshon Jeffery (2009-present)
OL: Travelle Wharton (2000-2003)
OL: Cedric Williams (1999-2002)
OL: Chris White (2002-2006)
OL: Na'Shan Goddard (2001-2005)
OL: Melvin Paige (1997-2001)
DE: Cliff Matthews (2007-2010)
DT: Langston Moore (1999-2002)
DT: Cleveland Pinkney (1999-2002)
DE: Kalimba Edwards (1998-2001)
LB: Eric Norwood (2006-2009)
LB: Jasper Brinkley (2006-2008)
LB: Lance Laury (2001-2005)
CB: Sheldon Brown (1998-2001)
CB: Dunta Robinson (2000-2003)
S: Ko Simpson (2003-2005)
S: Emanuel Cook (2006-2008)
K: Ryan Succop (2005-2008)
P: Spencer Lanning (2006-2009)
Specialist/Returner: Chris Culliver (2007-2010)
2010: Where do you start? Lattimore thrashes the Dawgs, Cocks End Bama's Streak, Spurrier Wins the East in the
Swamp, or Beating Clemson Back to Back? All are good choices, however, dominating Florida in the Swamp 36-14 has to get
the nod. Championships are few and far between at USC.
2009: South Carolina's 16-10 victory over the #4-ranked Ole Miss Rebels was huge. The fourth-ranked Rebels
became the highest ranked opponent ever defeated at Williams Brice Stadium. Carolina's 34-17 win over #15 Clemson to
close the regular season is a close second.
2008: In retrospect the 31-24 victory over the Ole Miss Rebels in Oxford a week after they upet #1 Florida in
the Swamp was the biggest of the 2008 campaign. The Rebels went on to finish with a 9-4 record and a top 25 ranking.
2007: The 16-12 win over eleventh-ranked Georgia Bulldogs in Athens turned out to be bigger than the home win
over then-ranked #8 Kentucky. The Bulldogs finished the season with only two losses and a top five ranking.
2006: In a season of near monumental upsets, Carolina's greatest victory came in Clemson. The 31-28 victory
over the #24-ranked Tigers was a big moment for Spurrier at Carolina. The Gamecocks needed the win as they had suffered
close losses to top 15-ranked teams all season long (a 16-17 loss to #6 Florida, a 20-26 loss to #12 Arkansas, a 24-31 loss
to #8 Tennessee, a 17-24 loss to #2 Auburn).
2005: While winning in Knoxville was big, the 30-22 home victory over Spurrier's alma mater was without a doubt
the biggest win of the season. The victory over the the twelfth-ranked Florida Gators catipulted USC to a 2nd place
finish in the SEC East and eliminated Florida's chance at winning the division.
2004: The 20-3 victory over the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa was the best of Carolina's six wins in 2004. Anytime
you win in Tuscaloosa, it's huge.
2003: The 31-7 victory over the fifteenth-ranked Virginia Cavs was a bright spot in an otherwise grim 2003
season. In the win, the Gamecocks outgained Virginia 423-170.
2002: In a disappointing season, the good moments seemed few and far between. South Carolina's 16-12 victory
over Kentucky in Lexington is one of those good moments. The Wildcats finished the season 7-5. The 2002 Kentucky
Wildcat football team is best known for coming up just short in the "Bluegrass Miracle" game against LSU.
2001: Choosing the biggest win from South Carolina's second most successful season in history was a difficult
task. Victories over Georgia, Clemson, and Alabama were all monumental, but the biggest win came in Tampa.
South Carolina's second consecutive Outback Bow victory over a ranked Ohio State team was huge. The win was Carolina's
ninth on the season. It was the first time the Gamecocks had recorded nine wins in a season since 1984. Defeating
a national power for the second time in two years set the precident that Carolina had moved up a level since the 1990s.
2000: Wins over Arkansas and Mississippi State were big, but the biggest win of the season came in the SEC-opener.
Ending the twenty-one game losing streak in week one was huge, but the goaposts came down for the second consecutive
week as South Carolina upset #9 Georgia 21-10. Carolina intercepted Heisman Trophy Candidate Quincy Carter five times
in rout to Carolina's first victory over a ranked team in eight years. The win was Carolina's first conference win in