South Carolina vs. Higher-Ranked Teams in Columbia

By Rixon Lane

The Gamecocks will find themselves in a somewhat unfamiliar situation on Saturday

For just the fifteenth time in program history, South Carolina will be the lower ranked team in a battle of top-25 squads in Williams-Brice Stadium.

The good news for Gamecock fans? South Carolina has a winning record in these match-ups and an unblemished 4-0 mark against Georgia. 

Overall, the Gamecocks are 9-5 when ranked and facing a higher ranked team in Columbia. Here's a quick rundown of those games:

2013: #10 South Carolina 31 #6 Clemson 17 

Staff Photo by Chris Gillespie: Jadeveon Clowney ended his career undefeated against the Tigers.

Staff Photo by Chris Gillespie: Jadeveon Clowney ended his career undefeated against the Tigers.

South Carolina picked up its fifth consecutive win over its in-state rival by taking advantage of six Tiger turnovers, including three from quarterback Tajh Boyd.


2012: #6 South Carolina 35 #5 Georgia 7

Staff Photo by Paul Collins: Connor Shaw accounted for 240 yards and three touchdowns against the Bulldogs. 

Staff Photo by Paul Collins: Connor Shaw accounted for 240 yards and three touchdowns against the Bulldogs. 

With "College GameDay" in town and the largest crowd in school history on hand, the Gamecocks roared to a 35-0 lead and coasted to improve their record to 6-0 on the season. 


2010: #17 Arkansas 41 #18 South Carolina 20

Ryan Mallett and the Razorbacks handed South Carolina its worst home loss in five years. 


2010: #19 South Carolina 35 #1 Alabama 21

Staff Photo by C.J. Driggers: Antonio Allen and the Gamecock defense held the Crimson Tide to 36 rushing yards

Staff Photo by C.J. Driggers: Antonio Allen and the Gamecock defense held the Crimson Tide to 36 rushing yards

South Carolina jumped out to a 21-3 lead on top-ranked Alabama and snapped the Crimson Tide's nation-leading 19-game winning streak. 


2010: #24 South Carolina 17 #22 Georgia 6

Staff Photo by Chris Gillespie: In his SEC debut, Marcus Lattimore ran for 182 yards and two touchdowns.

Staff Photo by Chris Gillespie: In his SEC debut, Marcus Lattimore ran for 182 yards and two touchdowns.

The SEC got its first taste of Marcus Lattimore, as the true freshman gashed the Georgia defense for nearly five yards per carry. 


2007: #11 South Carolina 38 #8 Kentucky 23

Staff Photo by C.J. Driggers: The Gamecock defense forced four Wildcat turnovers in the victory.

Staff Photo by C.J. Driggers: The Gamecock defense forced four Wildcat turnovers in the victory.

Kentucky averaged 46.6 points entering the contest, but South Carolina pressured the 'Cats into four turnovers, including two defensive touchdowns from Eric Norwood. 

 

2001: #4 Florida 54 #14 South Carolina 17

Steve Spurrier's final trip to Columbia as the head coach of the Gators turned South Carolina's "blackout" into a nightmare. 

 

1989: #20 N.C. State 20 #25 South Carolina 10

Senior quarterback Todd Ellis went down with a season-ending knee injury in the first quarter as the Wolfpack handed South Carolina its first loss in five games. 

 

1988: #5 Florida State 59 #15 South Carolina 0

For the second time in three weeks, the Gamecocks were shut out. 

 

1988: #14 South Carolina 23 #6 Georgia 10

Freshman wide receiver Robert Brooks stole the show as the Gamecocks improved to 4-0 on the year. 


1987: #12 South Carolina 20 #8 Clemson 7

In what was at the time the highest-ranked matchup between the rivals, South Carolina picked off three passes from Clemson quarterback Rodney Williams. 


1979: #19 South Carolina 13 #13 Clemson 9

The Gamecocks broke a three-game losing streak against the Tigers and gave George Rogers the only win of his career over Clemson. 

 

1976: #12 Notre Dame 13 #19 South Carolina 6

South Carolina dropped its first-ever contest against the Fighting Irish.

 

1959: #16 South Carolina 30 #13 Georgia 14

The Gamecocks picked up their fourth win over Georgia since 1903 and gave South Carolina its first win ever in meetings between ranked teams.