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October 2nd
2004 - In a rare feat the Gamecocks intercepted as many passes on defense (four) as they completed on offense in beating Alabama 20-3 in Tuscaloosa. The win made it two straight over the Tide for USC as Carolina improved to 4-1. The first half was a field goal battle, as Josh Brown made kicks of 28 and 29 yards for USC while Bama's Brian Bostick made a 29-yarder for a 6-3 halftime score. The Gamecocks then went almost exclusively to the ground, as they scored two second half touchdowns on runs by quarterback Syvelle Newton. The first came after Fred Bennett intercepted a pass by the Tide's Marc Guillon and returned it to the Bama 20. From there Newton carried it three straight times, finally going over on an 8-yard run. On Bama's next possession it would be Tremaine Tyler who victimized a Tide QB, this time it was Tyler picking off Spencer Pennington and returning it all the way to the Alabama eight. Newton scored on the next play for a 20-3 lead. Bennett intercepted another pass in the fourth as the Gamecocks completely shut down Bama after getting the 17 point lead. Demetris Summers overcame injury to lead USC in rushing with 61 yards, while Newton added 51 and Cory Boyd 50. Carolina came in averging 246 yards a game passing but thanks to the success of the ground game Newton and fellow QB Dondrial Pinkins combined for just four completions and 46 passing yards.

Today's Birthdays
SportPlayerPositionBegin YearEnd YearComment
FBChuck FinneyDefensive Back197919822-year starter at strong safety picked off 6 passes in those seasons including 2 he returned for TDs
BBJosh ReaganPitcher20142017Won 14 games, saved 13 had ERAs under 3 three of his four seasons
FBKevin SidesQuarterback19962000Made 2 starts at QB in 1999, was holder in 2000
BBDozier TaylorPitcher20062006Lone appearance was shutout relief inning vs. Duquesne

Games Played on October 2nd
1903-10-02 South Carolina 24 , Columbia Y 0
1915-10-02 South Carolina 29 , Newberry 0
1920-10-02 South Carolina 10 , Wofford 0
1926-10-02 South Carolina 12 , Maryland 0
1937-10-02 Georgia 13 , South Carolina 7
1943-10-02 176th Infantry 13 , South Carolina 7
1954-10-02 West Virginia 26 , South Carolina 6
1965-10-02 South Carolina 13 , North Carolina State 7
1971-10-02 South Carolina 7 , Memphis 3
1976-10-02 Baylor 18 , South Carolina 17
1982-10-02 South Carolina 37 , Cincinnati 10
1993-10-02 Alabama 17 , South Carolina 6
1999-10-02 Mississippi 36 , South Carolina 10
2004-10-02 South Carolina 20 , Alabama 3
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