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Today's Date In Gamecock History
January 2nd
1995 - The Gamecocks won their first ever bowl game, knocking off West Virginia 24-21 at the Carquest Bowl in Miami. Things started well for Carolina, as on the first play from scrimmage as WVA running back Jimmy Gary was hit at the line of scrimmage by USC linebacker Hank Campbell and fumbled. Cornerback Ron Nealy recovered at the Mountaineer 35 and five plays later USC scored on a two-yard pass from Steve Taneyhill to Boomer Foster. That would be all of the first quarter scoring, though Carolina would extend its lead to 10-0 early in the second on a 47-yard field goal by Reed Morton. The Mountaineers got on the board on the next possession as running back Robert Walker ripped off a 36-yard run to get into USC territory, then scored on a 24-yard run to make it 10-7. USC answered immediately though with a 66 yard drive that featured six Taneyhill completions and a 22-yard scramble by the junior from Altoona, PA. Taneyhill would be the one to take the ball into the end zone, as he scored on a four yard to make it 17-7. A Chad Johnston to Lovett Purnell TD just four minutes into the third cut the lead to 17-14, but on the Mountaineers' next possession USC safety Ben Washington picked off Johnston at the USC 9 and returned it 42 yards. A 29-yard run by Brandon Bennett would get Carolina down to the WVA four and Stanley Pritchett took it in from the one two plays later to make 24-14. Before the third quarter could end though West Virginia stormed back and scored again on a pass from Johnston to Purnell with 44 seconds left. USC's two fourth quarter drives ended in a missed 47 yard field goal and a run by Pritchett run that went 28 yards but ended with the big fullback fumbling the ball out of the end zone for a touchback and a turnover. West Virginia stalled at the USC 46 on one drive as Johnston threw incomplete on third and fourth down. Their final drive began at their own three and USC defensive end Stacy Evans sacked Johnston for a loss of two on the first play. Two incomplete passes followed, leaving fourth and twelve, ninety yards away from the Carolina end zone. Johnston dumped the ball down to Barber, but he was stuffed after just three yards by Evans and Tony Watkins to clinch the win for the Gamecocks.

Today's Birthdays
SportPlayerPositionBegin YearEnd YearComment
FBDerrick HarperWide Receiver20032003Redshirted only season on team
FBLarry FreemanWR-TE20072008JuCo transfer started 2 games at TE in 2008. 4 career receptions for 41 yards
BBDean Harrison1B-OF19911991Florida State transfer lone season was highlighted by 2-run double vs. The Citadel
FBKyle MoriniLinebacker20132014Walk-on played on special teams in 2013

Games Played on January 2nd
1995-01-02 South Carolina 24 , West Virginia 21
2010-01-02 Connecticut 20 , South Carolina 7
2012-01-02 South Carolina 30 , Nebraska 13
Men's Basketball
1929-01-02 Georgia 46 , South Carolina 21
1948-01-02 South Carolina 80 , Florence All-Stars 14
1953-01-02 South Carolina 69 , Virginia Tech 66
1960-01-02 Miami (Fla.) 107 , South Carolina 106
1971-01-02 South Carolina 81 , Clemson 53
1974-01-02 South Carolina 81 , Texas Tech 65
1977-01-02 Michigan 90 , South Carolina 86
1978-01-02 South Carolina 68 , Tennessee Tech 51
1982-01-02 Iowa 57 , South Carolina 47
1986-01-02 South Carolina 63 , Cincinnati 56
1988-01-02 South Carolina 75 , Davidson 55
1989-01-02 South Carolina 103 , Augusta College 68
1991-01-02 South Carolina 103 , Mercer 67
1993-01-02 South Carolina 68 , Mercer 66
1999-01-02 Mississippi State 66 , South Carolina 60
2003-01-02 South Carolina 66 , The Citadel 50
2008-01-02 South Carolina 90 , Radford 63
2009-01-02 South Carolina 85 , Baylor 84
2010-01-02 Baylor 85 , South Carolina 74
2016-01-02 South Carolina 86 , Memphis State 76