With another Thursday upon us, the 2015 football season is now just four 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 #4.
(List compiled by Trey Asbelle, Chris Clark, Paul Collins, Scott Hood, Rixon Lane, and Chris Wellbaum)
4. Oct. 29, 2005 - South Carolina 16 Tennessee 15
Why It Makes The List
Steve Spurrier had tormented Tennessee for years at Florida, but South Carolina had rarely experienced success against the Volunteers . The Gamecocks had lost 12 consecutive games against Tennessee entering the 2005 matchup and had never knocked off the Vols on Rocky Top. Both offenses struggled to put points on the board and Tennessee squandered a golden opportunity on an Arian Foster fumble at the goal line in the second quarter. Behind a 112-yard receiving performance from Sidney Rice, the Gamecocks took the lead early in the fourth quarter, but found themselves trailing 15-13 with under eight minutes to play. Blake Mitchell drove the offense to the Tennessee 32 and Josh Brown squeaked a season-long 49-yard field goal over the crossbar with 2:45 to go. The South Carolina defense held and the Gamecocks had their first win over the Volunteers since 1992.
Why It's Not Higher
The 2005 Tennessee team was the first Volunteer squad to fail to qualify for a bowl under the direction of Phillip Fulmer. Tennessee, which began the year ranked #3, lost five of its final seven games and limped to a 5-6 finish.