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Vanderbilt Football: Getting to know South Carolina

The Vanderbilt Commodores had not beaten a conference opponent so completely since 'Nam (71). Franklin and company continue to execute their 2011 campaign with a 1.00 kill ratio. This is the briefing on their next target.

Week 4 Target: The University of South Carolina


From the wikipedias

Football specifics after the jump.

Most of this was taken straight from the South Carolina game notes. The information is theirs. We are just saving you from the PDF monsters.

Quick Hits

  • South Carolina leads the series between the two teams 16-4. SC leads 7-2 in Columbia, and 9-2 in Nashville.
  • The official garnet of South Carolina is "PMS 202C." TAKE SOME MIDOL, GAMECOCKS! This is explains the bloating, cramps, and irritability.
  • This is the third time South Carolina has started 3-0 under Steve Spurrier. Both times they dropped their fourth game (at LSU in 2007 and at Auburn in 2010). The last time they opened 4-0 was in 2001, when they started 5-0 under Lou Holtz (prior to his earning a PHD from ESPNU). They finished that season 9-3.
  • "For the latest on Gamecock standouts Marcus Lattimore and Alshon Jeffery, check out and"
  • "Coaching staffs for both teams will be wearing the Coach to Cure MD patch for the game. Duchenne (pronounced doo-SHINN) Muscular Dystrophy is the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed during early childhood. A progressive muscle disorder that causes loss of muscle function and independence, Duchenne affects approximately one out of every 3,500 boys and 20,000 babies born each year worldwide."
  • OOPS! First outright contradiction I've spotted - "A South Carolina win over Vanderbilt would...Give the Gamecocks four straight wins to open the season for the third time in seven seasons under head coach Steve Spurrier. They also opened 4-0 in 2007 and again in 2010." As mentioned above, a win over Vanderbilt most decidedly would NOT give the Gamecocks this.
  • Vanderbilt trails Kentucky as the opponent Spurrier has defeated the most. A win by the Gamecocks would tie the teams, though Kentucky would appear to be in line to retake that lead later this season when the teams face each other.
  • A win would give Stephen Garcia his 20th win as a starting quarterback, tying him with Steve Taneyhill for second on the Gamecock's all-time list. Garcia is 19-13.
  • This is the 118th season of intercollegiate football at the University of South Carolina, dating back to 1892. It is the 105th-consecutive year in which South Carolina has competed on the gridiron. The Gamecocks are 546-541-44 all-time.
  • Vandy's four wins over the Gamecocks have come in back-to-back fashion both times - first in 1998 and '99, then again in 2007 and '08. Our four wins have been by a combined total of 22 points.
  • Spurrier is 47-33 during his tenure in Columbia.
  • South Carolina was 6-1 in its home games in 2009 and 2010. The losses came to top-ranked Florida in 2009 and to 17th-ranked Arkansas last season. South Carolina is 15-2 in its last 17 home games.
  • Marcus Lattimore rushed for 246 yards on 37 carries last week vs. Navy. It was the third time he's had 37 or more carries in his 16-game collegiate career (40 vs. Florida in 2010, 37 vs. Georgia in 2010). Lattimore leads the SEC in rushing with an average of 178 yards per game, 60 yards per game more than his nearest competitor, Auburn's Michael Dyer. He is the only non-quarterback listed among the SEC's top-10 in total offense. He ranks eighth, just ahead of Stephen Garcia.

Pronunciation Guide

Akeem Auguste = uh-GUST-ee
Damiere Byrd = duh-MEER
Jadeveon Clowney = juh-DAY-vee-uhn
Aldrick Fordham = AL-drick
Qua Gilchrist = QUAY
Stephon Gilmore = stuh-FON
Chaun Gresham = Shon
Walker Inabinet = in-AB-in-et
Alshon Jeffery = AL-shon
Shamier Jeffery = shuh-MEER
Byron Jerideau = JER-uh-doe
Kadetrix Marcus = kuh-D-trix
Marty Markett = mar-KETT
Mike Matulis = muh-TOO-lis
Travian Robertson = TRAY-v-un
Cadarious Sanders = cuh-DARE-ee-us
D.J. Swearinger = SWEAR-in-grr
Rokevious Watkins = ro-KEE-vee-us