| October 5, 1957 - South Carolina @ Texas|
This one was special to Giese for many reasons. He was a teammate of first-year Texas coach Darrell Royal in the mid-1940s at Oklahoma, and the Longhorns were a well-known national power. Texas was off to a 2-0 start, beating Tulane and Georgia by a combined 46-13 while USC dropped their opener to Duke and shut out Wofford 26-0 in week two. The Gamecocks got the contest started with a bang, as sophomore halfback King Dixon took the opening kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown. Alex Hawkins' extra point made it 7-0 Carolina early, but Texas tied the game with an 8-yard touchdown pass by Walt Fondren to Richard Schulte. The Longhorns were able to take a halftime lead as Fondren hooked with future Cleveland Indians infielder Max Alvis for a four-yard touchdown. Texas expanded their lead to 21-7 in the third as halfback Rene Ramirez broke off a twenty yard touchdown run. Giese's veteran Gamecock squad was not out of yet, though they trailed 21-7 still as the fourth quarter opened. USC scored on a fifty yard drive that climaxed with a one-yard scoring run by Alex Hawkins. His extra point try was blocked, leaving Carolina down eight. The game then really turned on special teams, as the Gamecock defense forced a Longhorn punt, but UT punter Bobby Lackey kicked it only four yards, giving USC the ball at the Texas 43. Two plays later Hawkins took a pitch wide and hit Dixon with a pass and the soph from Laurens went the distance for a 36-yard touchdown pass. Hawkins' extra point cut the lead to one point with eight minutes still on the clock. Lackey helped out the Gamecocks again, this time booting his punt only 13 yards. Hawkins found the end zone himself this time with an 18 yard touchdown run, followed by the extra point. The Gamecock defense held from that point on, shocking 38,500 fans in Austin with a 27-21 win.
| September 22, 1956- Duke @ South Carolina|
Giese opened his Gamecock coaching career in 1956 with a 26-13 win over Wofford but faced his first real test in the season's second game. The 16th ranked Duke Blue Devils, with future NFL star Sonny Jurgensen at quarterback, were coming to town, having beaten Carolina fourteen straight times dating back to 1931. In that streak USC had scored in double figures only once and had been shutout six times. The Gamecocks weren't given much of a chance nationally, but a stout defensive performance made this one a close game available for the taking by both sides. Sophomore halfback King Dixon would score the game's only points with a one-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. Carolina shut Duke down and went on to win 7-0 and Giese found himself the toast of Columbia. October 23, 1958 - Clemson @ South Carolina
Coach Giese would defeat Clemson only once in five tries but in 1958 the Gamecocks battered the Tigers 26-6 behind a powerful ground game. Clemson entered the game ranked tenth in the nation and heavily favored. USC ran the ball on 71 of 74 offensive plays with John Saunders leading the way with 69 yards on 19 carries. Saunders would lead the ACC in rushing that season. Clemson actually scored first in the contest, as quarterback Harvey White found the end zone on a three-yard run. A failed two-point conversion left Clemson with a 6-0 lead with 8:42 left in the second quarter. That would be the halftime score but Saunders tied the score in six early in the third quarter with a one-yard touchdown run. That score opened the flood gates for USC; quarterback Bobby Bunch had a three yard scoring run to cap a 14 play, 46 yard drive and make it 14-6 with Alex Hawkins' two-point conversion run.
The fourth quarter would be all Gamecocks. King Dixon scored on a one yard run to finish off a 57-yard drive on Carolina's first possession of the final period. After Clemson failed to score on their second possession of the fourth quarter USC took over at their own 22 and marched 78 yards, with the big play being a Hawkins' 19-yard run on third and eleven at the USC 31. Hawkins would finish the drive with a two yard touchdown run making it 26-6 USC. Clemson was only able to get in three more plays after that long drive and USC would hold them out of the end zone. Giese said after the game "What can you say except that it was a magnificent effort. I guess the best in my three years here. When asked about the loss Tiger coach Frank Howard said "They hit us with authority and we didn't respond". October 3, 1959 - Georgia @ South Carolina
Giese's Gamecocks knocked off Georgia the previous year (see below) but 1959 saw a much stronger Bulldogs squad visit Columbia. The Bulldogs had a talented pair of quarterbacks in Charley Britt and Fran Tarkenton and had already beaten Alabama (17-3) and Vanderbilt (21-6), earning a #13 ranking in the Associated Press poll. The two teams would trade punts and turnovers much of the first quarter before USC tackle Kirk Phares fell on a Tarkenton fumble at the UGA 23. Halfback Jim Bowman had a nine yard run to convert a key third and two at the 11 and eventually quarterback Jim Costen plunged for the last yard on fourth and goal to put USC up 6-0. Costen ran for the two-point conversion to make it 8-0. A 36-yard punt return by USC halfback Steve Kopian set up the second Carolina score, with fullback Phil Lavoie scoring the first of his three touchdowns on the day from the Georgia one. Costen passed to Kirt Norton for another two point conversion and a 16-0 lead.
Georgia's first possession of the second half ended in another turnover, as Harvey Shiflet fell on a fumble to give USC the ball at the UGA 36. Six plays later Lavoie scored again, this time from the two, then added a two-point conversion. Georgia finally got on the board with a long drive that ended with a 6-yard touchdown pass by Tarkenton, but Lavoie added a 27-yard touchdown run early in the fourth quarter to make it 30-6. Linebacker Jim Nemeth intercepted a Tarkenton pass to stop UGA's next possession, but Georgia did add one more score with a 53-yard touchdown pass by Britt on the next to last play of the game. Georgia would not lose again the rest of the season and finished the year 10-1 and ranked fifth in the nation. October 4, 1958 - South Carolina @ Georgia
The first game against Georgia since 1941 wasn't a match of two of the schools' finest teams but still a big rivalry game for the Gamecocks. USC was 0-2, having lost to Duke and Army, while Georgia was also 0-2 with losses to Texas and Vanderbilt. Giese had made changes to the lineup hoping to toughen up the line, moving sophomores Jake Bodkin (guard) and Jerry Frye (end) onto the first team. It didn't take long for the Gamecocks to make some noise in this contest, as Alex Hawkins intercepted a pass and returned it 45 yards for a touchdown just six minutes into the game. A short time later Georgia's Gene Littleton fumbled a punt and Carolina's Jimmy Duncan recovered at the UGA 19. Fullback John Saunders scored from the three to make it 16-0 after a second successful two-point conversion. Georgia cut the lead to 16-8 before the half but neither team would score in the third and the Gamecocks put the game away with a one-yard touchdown run by quarterback Bobby Bunch. USC would give up a late 89-yard touchdown pass but Carolina would hold on for a 24-14 win.