History Lesson: LSU (or certain October road trips)

The LSU Tigers have not been kind to South Carolina throughout the years.

The Gamecocks are 2-17-1 all-time against the Bayou Bengals, picking up wins in 1930 and 1994, with a tie in 1995.

South Carolina is hitting the road for an October conference game a week after falling to another conference foe on the road in October. This scenario has worked out for the Gamecocks exactly three times in school history.

Shaw. Shank. Redemption.

The 2013 Gamecocks were 5-2, but a once promising season appeared to be heading off the rails. South Carolina has just been upset by Tennessee in Knoxville and now headed to Columbia, Missouri, for a meeting with the 5th-ranked Missouri Tigers. Making matters worse for the Gamecocks, starting quarterback Connor Shaw suffered a sprained left knee against the Volunteers and would not start against Mizzou.

Things looked bleak for South Carolina as the Tigers built a 17-0 lead in the fourth quarter. Running out of time and slipping out of the SEC East race, Steve Spurrier called on Shaw. The senior proceeded to engineer one of the most dramatic comebacks in Gamecock history. South Carolina rallied for 17 points in the final 13 minutes to force overtime, where Shaw connected on a fourth-and-15 touchdown pass to Bruce Ellington to keep the game alive. Elliott Fry drilled a 40-yard field goal in the second overtime session and Andrew Baggett's ensuing attempt doinked off the left upright, giving the Gamecocks the thrilling victory. 

South Carolina would not wind up with the Eastern Division crown, but Shaw and the Gamecocks would go on to win their next five caps and cap the program's third consecutive 11-2 campaign. 

Mad(dox) Men

South Carolina had won one of the biggest games in school history to begin the month of October in 2010 (Alabama), but the Gamecocks were steaming after a 31-28 upset loss at Kentucky the following week. With starting tailback Marcus Lattimore out with an injured ankle, the Gamecocks traveled to Nashville for a date with the Vanderbilt Commodores.

An offense that had looked unstoppable in the first half against the Wildcats continued to sputter and South Carolina trailed Vanderbilt 7-0 midway through the second quarter. That's when the Gamecocks turned to third-string tailback Brian Maddox. The Anderson native rushed for a career-high 146 yards and a touchdown to help lead South Carolina to a 21-7 win. Maddox's rushing helped open up the offense, as Stephen Garcia rebounded from a shaky first half to throw for 355 yards. Tori Gurley had a career night, catching 14 passes for 112 yards in the victory.

The win over the 'Dores was South Carolina's first road SEC victory since 2008 and it proved to be a huge one. The Gamecocks ultimately claimed the SEC East championship and made their first appearance ever in the conference title game, falling to eventual national champion Auburn.

Comeback vs. The Cats

The 1996 season had gotten off to a good start for South Carolina, with the Gamecocks notching wins over Central Florida and Georgia. However, a three-game losing streak had the team below .500 and looking for answers. Following a 28-24 loss to Auburn in Jordan-Hare Stadium, South Carolina tried to right itself in Lexington against Kentucky. 

The 1-4 Wildcats led 14-3 at halftime, but Kentucky couldn't get a handle on Gamecock tailback Duce Staley. The senior ran for a career-high 193 yards and the go-ahead 58-yard touchdown midway through the fourth quarter as South Carolina rallied to beat Kentucky 25-14. The Gamecock rushing attack accounted for 319 yards, while the defense held Tim Couch and the Wildcat offense to just 156 total yards. 

South Carolina would win three of its final five games of the season, including a 34-31 victory over Clemson, to finish 6-5 and record its second winning season in three years. However, the Gamecocks would not go bowling in 1996 and wouldn't return to postseason play until 2001.