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South Carolina Gamecocks
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Established in 1801
Names
South Carolina Gamecocks
Other Nicknames
Cocks, USC, SC, UofSC, Carolina
Conference
SEC
Location
Columbia, South Carolina
Colors
Garnet, Black, and White
Head Coach
  • Dylan Green (Week 7, 2018 - 2018)
  • Stuface Lee (2019-Present)
Stadium
Williams-Brice Stadium
CFP National Championships
0 None
College Football Playoffs Appearances
0 None
Conference Championships
1 1969
Previous Seasons
2018 South Carolina Gamecocks

The University of South Carolina (also referred to as UofSC, USC, SC, South Carolina, or simply Carolina) is a public, co-educational research university in Columbia, South Carolina, United States, with seven satellite campuses. Its campus covers over 359 acres (145 ha) in downtown Columbia not far from the South Carolina State House. The university is categorized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as having "highest research activity." It has been ranked as an "up-and-coming" university by U.S. News & World Report, and its undergraduate and graduate International Business programs have ranked among the top three programs in the nation for over a decade. It also houses the largest collection of Robert Burns and Scottish literature materials outside Scotland, and the world's largest Ernest Hemingway collection.

Founded in 1801 as South Carolina College, South Carolina is the flagship institution of the University of South Carolina System and offers more than 350 programs of study, leading to bachelor's, master's, and doctoral degrees from fourteen degree-granting colleges and schools. The University of South Carolina has a total enrollment of approximately 50,000 students, with over 34,000 on the main Columbia campus as of fall 2017 - making it the largest university in the Carolinas. USC also has several thousand future students in feeder programs at surrounding technical colleges. Professional schools on the Columbia campus include business, engineering, law, medicine, pharmacy, and social work.

The South Carolina Gamecocks football program represents the University of South Carolina in the sport of American football. The Gamecocks compete in the Football Bowl Subdivision of the National Fake Collegiate Athletic Association (NFCAA) and the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference. Stuface Lee (aka. Bushken) currently serves as the team's head coach. They play their home games at Williams-Brice Stadium. Currently, it is the 20th largest stadium in college football.

USC's SEC tenure has been highlighted by an SEC East title in 2010, Final Top-25 rankings in 2000, 2001, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 (AP No. 19, No. 13, No. 22, No. 9, No. 8 and No. 4), and four wins over Top-5 SEC opponents, (No. 4 Ole Miss in 2009, No. 1 Alabama in 2010, No. 5 Georgia in 2012 and at No. 5 Missouri in 2013).

From 1953 through 1970, the Gamecocks played in the Atlantic Coast Conference, winning the 1969 ACC championship and finishing No. 15 in the 1958 final AP poll. From 1971 through 1991, they competed as a major independent, producing 1980 Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers, six bowl appearances, and Final Top-25 rankings in 1984 and 1987 (AP No. 11 and No. 15).

The Gamecocks have produced a National Coach of the Year in Joe Morrison, three SEC coaches of the year in Lou Holtz (2000) and Steve Spurrier (2005, 2010), and one ACC coach of the year in Paul Dietzel (1969). They also have four members of the College Football Hall of Fame in former players George Rogers and Sterling Sharpe, and former coaches Lou Holtz and Steve Spurrier.

Traditions[edit]

  • Fighting Gamecock Logo - USC's helmet, regardless of color, has featured a fighting gamecock since 1969. This bird, which includes metal spurs, is usually featured inside a Block C but is also displayed by itself. Helmets have been white with garnet and black trim and Gamecock logo with or without the block C, Garnet with white and black trim with Gamecock Block C logo, Black with garnet and white trim with Gamecock Block C logo and in 2015 they unveiled some Block C logos with a chrome finish and a White helmet with oversized tail end of the Gamecock logo in Chrome Garnet.
  • "2001" Entrance - The Gamecocks' enter Williams-Brice Stadium to the introduction of "Also sprach Zarathustra", popularly known from the film "2001: A Space Odyssey". This tradition was started by Coach Joe Morrison with his first game in 1983.
  • "Carolina" and "Gamecocks" on Jersey - USC has intermittently featured the script "Carolina" and "Gamecocks" on the front of its jersey since coach Jim Carlen's arrival in 1975. While the jersey used "Gamecocks" for much of the 1980s and early 1990s, it has solely used "Carolina" on its jersey since the late 1990s.
  • Cockaboose Railroad - In 1990, cabooses renovated in Gamecock colors and decor became part of the USC tailgate scene. They sit on a dormant railroad track near Williams-Brice Stadium.
  • S.C. Flag and Palmetto Tree/Crescent - As South Carolina's flagship university, USC prominently displays the state flag and Palmetto Tree/Crescent logo on game days. In addition to players entering the field with the state flag flying in advance during "2001", the stadium's playing surface is adorned with garnet and white Palmetto Tree/Crescent logos, and the state flag is represented by decals on the back of players' helmets.
  • "If It Ain't Swayin', Then We Ain't Playin" - Originating from a Joe Morrison comment about the reported "swaying" of the Williams-Brice Stadium upper deck during a 38–14 win over USC in 1983, "if it ain't swayin', we ain't playin'" became a catchphrase for Carolina fans, even after the East Upper Deck of Williams-Brice Stadium had additional supports added to reduce the swaying.
  • Sir Big Spur - Sir Big Spur (originally called Cocky Doodle Lou), the university's official live gamecock, attends USC football and baseball games.
  • Cocky - Cocky has been the USC mascot since 1980. Cocky is the four-time "national champion", five-time "All-American" mascot & 2003 winner of the Capital One National Mascot of the Year for the Gamecocks. The "son" of Carolina's original mascot Big Spur, Cocky appears at every USC home football contest, making a "magical" appearance at the climax of the 2001 opening sequence.
  • Sandstorm - Beginning in October 2008, the song "Sandstorm" by Darude is played after USC is kicking the ball to the opposing team after a score; the song is stopped when the kicker makes contact with the football. As the song is played, fans wave white "Cocky Cloths" over their heads."

Rivalry Games[edit]

  • The Palmetto Bowl - The rivalry is the largest annual sporting event by ticket sales in the state of South Carolina. From 1896 to 1959, the Carolina-Clemson game was played on the fairgrounds in Columbia, South Carolina and was referred to as "Big Thursday." In 1960 an alternating-site format was implemented utilizing both teams' home stadiums. The annual game has since been officially designated "The Palmetto Bowl". It is currently the 21st most played college football rivalry at 115 meetings. The Gamecocks won 5 in a row against Clemson from 2009–2013.
  • The Border Brawl - A "border rivalry" dating to 1894. The 1980 game was between future Heisman Trophy winners George Rogers and Herschel Walker. Led by Walker's 219 rushing yards, Georgia won 13–10 and would go on to capture the National Championship. Rogers turned in 168 rushing yards during the course of the battle, setting the stage for a successful finish to his senior season and eventual Heisman Trophy award. The last 17 match-ups between the schools have been nationally televised, dating back to 1997 (6 on ESPN2, 5 on ESPN and 5 on CBS). The series has been far more competitive since USC joined the SEC in 1990, with Georgia holding a 15–9 advantage. Georgia holds a 51–18–2 overall lead in the series as of the 2018 season.
  • Coach Conspirator Cup - South Carolina has a habit of hiring SEC East division rival Florida's old coaches, including Steve Spurrier and Will Muschamp. This has led to some animosity between the two schools' fan bases.
  • Battle of Columbia - The annual battle between Missouri and South Carolina has been affectionately named The Battle of Columbia, as both schools are located in their respective states' city of Columbia. Each year Missouri and South Carolina play for the Mayor's Cup. So far the series has boasted some great games including The 'Shaw-Shank Redemption' where South Carolina led by Quarterback Connor Shaw came back from a 17 point deficit to defeat the Missouri tigers in double overtime after the Tigers missed a chip shot field goal.
  • Battle for the Bonham Trophy - This is a protected permanent cross-divisional rivalry game in the SEC. This rivalry game was started because of the expansion of the conference in 2012, which added the Missouri Tigers and Texas A&M Aggies. For the first two years Texas A&M played Missouri as their cross-divisional rival since both came from the Big 12 Conference, but in 2014 it was announced that Arkansas would become Missouri's new permanent rival and Texas A&M would then play South Carolina.

The trophy is named after James Butler Bonham, who was a South Carolina native and graduate of South Carolina College which is the prior name to the University of South Carolina. Bonham fought and died in the Battle of the Alamo which is why he became the missing link between the two schools to play for. The trophy has been housed in the Alamo since its creation due to the fact that the Aggies have not yet lost a game.

  • Battle of the Carolinas - The rivalry began in 1903. While no longer a conference rivalry, since South Carolina left the ACC in 1971, the teams still meet occasionally. In the 2010s decade the series has always been played on a Thursday. It was announced in September 2015 that USC and UNC will play every four years in 2019 and 2023. South Carolina has won 6 out of the last 7 meetings, North Carolina leads the all-time series 34–19–4 as of the conclusion of the 2017 season.
  • Battle of the Carolinas 2.0 - The rivalry began in 1900 with South Carolina defeating NC State (then known as the Agricultural & Mechanical College of North Carolina) 12–0. As founding members of the original ACC South Carolina and North Carolina played annually from 1956–1991 with one exception in 1967. Even though South Carolina left the ACC in 1971 the teams still met annually until 1991. Since 1991 both schools have only played 4 times (1999, 2008, 2009, 2017) South Carolina has won the last 3 meetings with a combined score of 76–31, South Carolina leads the series 28–26–4 as of the conclusion of the 2017 season.
Rivalry Game Opponent Streak Record
Palmetto Bowl Clemson Won 1 1-0
Border Brawl Georgia Won 1 1-0
Coach Conspirator Cup Florida Lost 1 0-1
Battle of Columbia Missouri Lost 1 0-1
Battle for the Bonham Trophy Texas A&M 0-0
Battle of the Carolinas North Carolina 0-0
Battle of the Carolinas 2.0 NC State 0-0

Coaching History[edit]

Coach Green

  • Coaching Record  : 4-2
  • Rivalry Record  : 2-0

Coach Lee

  • Coaching Record  : 1-0

2019 Schedule[edit]

Week Opponent Site Result
1 vs. Vanderbilt Williams-Brice Stadium * Columbia, SC W 26-14
2 vs. Ball State Williams-Brice Stadium * Columbia, SC
3 vs. Florida Williams-Brice Stadium * Columbia, SC (Rivalry)
4 at #7 Louisiana-Monroe Malone Stadium * Monroe, LA
5 at BYU LaVell Edwards Stadium * Provo, UT
6 vs. LSU Williams-Brice Stadium * Columbia, SC
7 at Tennessee Neyland Stadium * Knoxville, TN
8 at Texas A&M Kyle Field * College Station, TX (Rivalry)
9 at Kentucky Kroger Field * Lexington, KY
10 vs. #3 Missouri Williams-Brice Stadium * Columbia, SC (Rivalry)
11 at Georgia Sanford Stadium * Athens, GA (Rivalry)
12 vs. Clemson Williams-Brice Stadium * Columbia, SC (Rivalry)

2019 Rankings[edit]

Poll Preseason Week 1 Week 2 Week 3 Week 4 Week 5 Week 6 Week 7 Week 8 Week 9 Week 10 Week 11 Week 12 Final
Coaches 30 35
AP 42 58
Committee N/A N/A

2019 SEC Standings[edit]

East West
Team C O Team C O
South Carolina 1-0 1-0 Mississippi State 1-0 1-0
#3 Missouri 0-0 1-0 Arkansas 1-0 1-0
Florida 0-0 1-0 LSU 0-0 0-1
Kentucky 0-0 1-0 Alabama 0-0 0-1
Tennessee 0-0 0-1 Ole Miss 0-0 0-1
Georgia 0-0 0-1 Texas A&M 0-1 0-1
Vanderbilt 0-1 0-1 Auburn 0-1 0-1
  • Rankings come from the AP poll until the CFP rankings are released.

2019 Roster[edit]

Starters

Offense

Number Name Position Year Season Stats Career Stats
19 Jake Bentley QB SR
  • 48 Passing Yards
  • 6 Rushing Yards
  • 61.5% Pass Completion
  • 92.6 QBR
852 Passing Yards
5 Rico Dowdle RB SR
  • 138 Rushing Yards
  • 5 Receiving Yards
  • 2 Rushing Touchdowns
  • 1 Fumble
89 Bryan Edwards WR SR
  • 49 Rushing Yards
  • 1 Rushing Touchdown
13 Shi Smith WR JR
  • 5 Receiving Yards
  • 9 Rushing Yards
6 Josh Vann WR SO
  • 29 Receiving Yards
  • 22 Rushing Yards
87 Kiel Pollard TE SR
  • 9 Receiving Yards
  • 23 Rushing Yards
  • 1 Fumble
4 Tolly Terrell LT FR
54 Jovaughn Gwyn LG SO
72 Donell Stanley OC SR
50 Sadarius Hutcherson RG JR
79 Dylan Wonnum RT SO

Defense

Number Name Position Year Season Stats Career Stats
15 Aaron Sterling DE JR 2 Tackles
5 Kier Thomas DT SR
  • 1 Tackle
  • 1 Tackle For Loss
3 Javon Kinlaw DT SR 1 Tackle
8 D.J. Wonnum DE SR 1 Tackle For Loss
44 Sherrod Greene WLB JR
  • 3 Tackles
  • 3 Tackles for Loss
6 T.J. Brunson MLB SR 1 Interception
4 Daniel Fennell SLB SR 3 Tackles
24 Isreal Mukuamau LCB SO
  • 1 Tackle
  • 1 Tackle For Loss
29 Jaymest Williams S JR 4 Tackles
7 Jaycee Horn S JR
  • 3 Tackles
  • 1 Tackle For Loss
54 Byron Arthurson RCB FR 3 Tackles

Special Teams

Number Name Position Year Season Stats Career Stats
20 Joseph Charlton P SR 46 Yard Average Punt
43 Parker White K JR
  • 2/2 Field Goals
  • 2/2 Extra Points
  • 47 Yard Field Goal
7 Field Goals
89 Bryan Edwards PR SR
13 Shi Smith KR JR

School Records[edit]

Due to a lack of reliable records for the 2018 season not every record is accurate or available at this time. New statistics and records will be kept starting with the 2019 season.

Team Records

Record Title Record Team
Team PPG 29.3 2018
Team Opponent PPG 33.2 2018
Team YPG 329.2 2018
Team Opponent YPG 316.6 2018
Team TO Difference -3 2018

Offensive Game Records

Record Title Record Player Year
Pass Yards 255 Jake Bentley Week 3, 2018
Pass Touchdowns
Completion Percentage 61.5% Jake Bentley Week 1, 2019
QB Rating 92.6 Jake Bentley Week 1, 2019
Rush Yards 138 Rico Dowdle Week 1, 2019
Rush Touchdowns 2 Rico Dowdle Week 1, 2019
Receptions 4 Josh Vann Week 1, 2019
Receiving Yards 29 Josh Vann Week 1, 2019
Receiving Touchdowns

Defensive Game Records

Record Title Record Player Year
Tackles 6 Sherrod Greene Week 1, 2019
Sacks
Fumbles Recovered
Interceptions 1 T.J. Brunson Week 1, 2019
Fumbles Forced

Special Teams Game Records

Record Title Record Player Year
Field Goals 2 Parker White Week 1, 2018
Kick Return Touchdowns
Punt Return Touchdowns

Offensive Season Records

Record Title Record Player Year
Pass Yards 852 Jake Bentley 2018
Pass Touchdowns
Completion Percentage
QB Rating
Rush Yards
Rush Touchdowns
Receptions
Receiving Yards
Receiving Touchdowns

Defensive Season Records

Record Title Record Player Year
Tackles
Sacks
Fumbles Recovered
Interceptions
Fumbles Forced

Special Teams Season Records

Record Title Record Player Year
Field Goals 7 Parker White 2018
Kick Return Touchdowns
Punt Return Touchdowns

Career Offensive Records

Record Title Record Player Year
Pass Yards 852 Jake Bentley 2018
Pass Touchdowns
Completion Percentage
QB Rating
Rush Yards
Rush Touchdowns
Receptions
Receiving Yards
Receiving Touchdowns

Career Defensive Records

Record Title Record Player Years
Tackles
Sacks
Fumbles Recovered
Interceptions
Fumbles Forced

Career Special Teams Records

Record Title Record Player Years
Field Goals 7 Parker White 2018
Kick Return Touchdowns
Punt Return Touchdowns

Coaching Records

Record Title Record Coach Years
Wins 4 Coach Green Week 7, 2018 - 2018
National Championships
Playoff Appearances
Conference Championships
Bowl Wins
Bowl Appearances
Rivalry Wins 2 Coach Green Week 7, 2018 - 2018