Another Streak on the Line

By Rixon Lane

There will be plenty of streaks at stake on Thursday night when the Gamecocks welcome Texas A&M to Williams-Brice Stadium.

South Carolina has won 18 consecutive games at home, Steve Spurrier-coached teams have won 21 season openers in a row, and the Gamecocks will be attempting to win their 15th consecutive season opener. 

However, there is another streak on the line for South Carolina. The Gamecocks have won their last three season openers against SEC teams. Overall, South Carolina is 4-3 against SEC opponents in the first game of the season. Here's a recap of those four victories:

1993: 23-21 win at Georgia

The Gamecocks hadn't beaten Georgia since 1989 and hadn't defeated a ranked team on the road since joining the SEC. That all changed in the first game of the 1993 season, when Brandon Bennett dove over the top of the pile twice to give South Carolina the win.  


2004: 31-6 win at Vanderbilt

South Carolina opened Lou Holtz's final season in Columbia by claiming its first road victory over an SEC opponent in nearly two years. The game also holds the dubious distinction of having the smallest crowd to see a Gamecock football game since since 2000. 


2006: 15-0 win at Mississippi State

Steve Spurrier had to reach into his bag of tricks to get South Carolina its fourth win in a row over Mississippi State. Despite a poor showing from the Gamecock offense, a 53-yard pass from Syvelle Newton to Cory Boyd sealed the victory for South Carolina. 

2012: 17-13 win at Vanderbilt

Marcus Lattimore ran for 110 yards and two touchdowns in his first game action since October of 2011 and Connor Shaw returned the field after bruising his throwing shoulder to help the Gamecocks earn the road victory.