With another Thursday upon us, the 2015 football season is now just seven 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 #5.
(List compiled by Trey Asbelle, Chris Clark, Paul Collins, Scott Hood, Rixon Lane, and Chris Wellbaum)
5. Sept 24, 2009 - South Carolina 16 Ole Miss 10
Why It Makes The List
South Carolina had gone nearly 28 years without a victory over a top-five opponent and the Gamecocks had never beaten a top-five team in Williams-Brice Stadium. Ole Miss rolled into Columbia on a Thursday night boasting a #4 national ranking, their highest since Archie Manning's days in Oxford. However, the Rebels ran into a Gamecock defense that put the clamps on an offense that had averaged 48 points per game. Spencer Lanning knocked in three field goals for the Gamecocks, but Ole Miss had an opportunity to go-ahead late in the fourth quarter. The South Carolina defense turned up the pressure and kept the Rebels out of the end zone. The game is widely remembered as the night that "Sandstorm" was born.
Why It's Not Higher
The Gamecocks never built off the momentum of the upset victory, winning just two more conference games the rest of the season. Although Ole Miss finished the year with a 9-4 mark, the Rebels went .500 in the SEC and proved not to be an elite team.