History Lesson: Texas A&M (or Halloween games)

South Carolina has only played one game against Texas A&M and no Gamecock fan wants to relive that.

Instead, let's dive into South Carolina's history of football games played on All Hallows' Eve. 

The Gamecocks have won eight games in program history on Halloween. Here's a look back at three of them:

Big Fun on Big Thursday

South Carolina began the 1912 campaign with a pair of tough losses against national powers Virginia and Florida. With a 1-2 record after their first three games of the season, the Gamecocks hammered Charleston 68-0 to get back to .500 on the year. Five days later, South Carolina tangled with Clemson on Halloween and "Big Thursday."

The series had been temporarily discontinued after South Carolina's win in 1902 and, since it started back in 1909, the Gamecocks had been shutout in three consecutive matchups with the Tigers. Trailing 7-0 in the second half, Billy Harth recovered a Clemson fumble and raced 35 yards for a touchdown, South Carolina's first points in the rivalry in a decade. The Gamecocks were in control from that point on, scoring the final 22 points of the day and walking away with a 22-7 victory over the Tigers. 

The Gamecocks would not lose a game the rest of the season, beating Porter Military Academy and The Citadel, while tying powerhouse North Carolina for a 5-2-1 overall record. The five-game unbeaten streak to end the season was the longest for the program since 1902. 

State Skunked

1987 opened somewhat slowly, as the Gamecocks were 2-2 after the first four weeks of the season. Two road losses against nationally-ranked Georgia and Nebraska by a combined 16 points had been tough to swallow, but South Carolina righted the ship with three convincing home wins over Virginia Tech, Virginia and East Carolina. The following week, N.C. State came to Columbia on Halloween. 

N.C. State had upset Clemson earlier in the season, but the Gamecock defense dominated from start to finish, holding the Wolfpack to just 36 yards of total offense. N.C. State recorded -13 yards rushing, the best showing by South Carolina's run defense since 1980, as the Gamecocks rolled to a 48-0 win over the Wolfpack. 

South Carolina would go on to finish 8-4 on the season, beating Clemson 20-7 and losing by four points to top-ranked Miami in the regular-season finale. 

Hank To The Rescue

The 1992 season was one of the wildest in Gamecock football history. After an 0-5 start, Gamecock players asked head coach Sparky Woods to resign. Woods stayed, inserted freshman Steve Taneyhill at quarterback, and the Gamecocks knocked off 15th-ranked Mississippi State at home. After picking up a road win at Vanderbilt, South Carolina returned home for a Halloween matchup against Tennessee.

The Gamecocks had not beaten the Vols since 1903, but took a 24-17 lead midway through the fourth quarter. The 16th-ranked Volunteers answered with 1:28 to play to make the score 24-23 and head coach Johnny Majors decided to go for two and the win. Heath Shuler tossed a pass to James Stewart in the flat, but walk-on linebacker and former high school state champion wrestler Hank Campbell wrapped him up short of the goal line to give South Carolina its third consecutive victory of the month. 

The Gamecocks would go on to finish the season 5-6, including a 24-13 win on the road at Clemson. Johnny Majors was fired after the loss to South Carolina.