With another Thursday upon us, the 2015 football season is now just 10 weeks away.
Steve Spurrier is entering his 11th season as South Carolina's head coach, so we are taking a trip down memory lane as the regular season approaches.
The staff at Gamecock Central has compiled the 11 most memorable games of the Spurrier Era. Today, we present #10.
(List compiled by Trey Asbelle, Chris Clark, Paul Collins, Scott Hood, Rixon Lane, and Chris Wellbaum)
10. Oct. 4, 2007 - South Carolina 38 Kentucky 23
Why It Makes The List
South Carolina found itself facing an undefeated, highly-ranked SEC opponent on a nationally-televised Thursday night affair. However, it was the upstart Kentucky Wildcats who entered Columbia with a No. 8 ranking. Steve Spurrier had never lost to the Wildcats in his coaching career. Kentucky was averaging nearly 47 points per game, but the Wildcat offense was stifled by a Gamecock defense led by Eric Norwood. The defensive end returned a pair of fumbles for touchdowns to tie an NCAA record, becoming just the fourth player in history to score twice on defensive returns. Heisman Trophy hopeful Andre Woodson was sacked three times and pressured constantly, while Chris Smelley threw for 256 yards and two touchdowns.
Why It's Not Higher
Kentucky faltered down the stretch, going 3-4 in its final seven games and finishing the season unranked. South Carolina would fare even worse, finishing 1-5 after a 5-1 start and missing the postseason altogether. The win was also South Carolina's eighth consecutive victory against the Wildcats and Spurrier's 15th in a row over Kentucky.