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Today's Date In Gamecock History
October 7th
1995 - A record setting day for the Gamecocks, as they broke two records in a 77-14 pasting of Kent State. USC had struggled to a 1-3-1 start entering this one, but the offense exploded as they set a school record for most touchdown passes in a game and Reed Morton broke the record for most extra points (11) in one game. USC started fast, as Carolina scored on its first posession. The defense and special teams had set up good field position after Joe Troupe tackled the Kent kickoff returner at his own 14 and then Selvesta Miller and Eric Sullivan stuffed the Flashes for a six yard loss on third down. USC then drove 41 yards in five plays, with Steve Taneyhill hitting Monty Means for the final four yeards and a 7-0 lead. Next time the Gamecocks had the ball they went 83 yards, with Taneyhill hooking up with Duce Staley for a 10-yard score and a 14-0 lead. Kent then suffered through a miserable offensive possession which included an illegal procedure penalty then three straight sacks as Patrick Garth, Sullivan and Henry Taylor all got to the QB. Backup QB Anthony Wright entered the game and drove USC 46 yards for another score, this one on a 2-yard run by Reggie Alexander. The first quarter mercifully ended but the second didn't start any better - Kent punted from their own 29 and Lee Wiggins blocked it, with Benji Young recovering and taking it 17 yards for another touchdown. After another punt Taneyhill engineered a 59-yard drive, ending it with an 11-yard TD pass to Zola Davis for a 35-0 lead. Carolina opened the second half with another score, this one a 16-yard pass from Taneyhill to Davis as the lead grew to 42 points. An interception by Terry Cousin gave Carolina a short field and Stanley Pritchett added another score, this one a 5-yard touchdown run. The offense then made it three drives and three scores in the third quarter as Wright tossed a 37-yard scoring pass to Davis to make it 56-0. A fumble recovery by Miller gave USC a first down at the Kent 15 and a 14 yard pass from Wright to Mike Reddick pushed the lead to 63-0. After the kickoff Kent lost three yards on first down, then five on second down and fumbled, with Ben Washington returning the fumble for a score and a 70-0 lead. Kent then fumbled again on their next play from scrimmage with Garth recovering at the Flashes' 20. USC mercifully turned the ball over back to Kent State who drove for their first score but a failed onside kick gave Carolina the ball at the USC 49. Scott Moritz then went 33 yards for another touchdown and a 77-7 lead. USC gave up one late score, but the offensive output in the game was staggering.

Today's Birthdays
SportPlayerPositionBegin YearEnd YearComment
FBKeith AmosOffensive Guard19891992USA Today honorable mention All-American in HS, spent 2 years on DL, 2 at OG
FBJoe BrooksSafety19831985Brother of NFL RB James Brooks was 2-year starter at free safety, All-South Independent in 1984
BBTom MixonSecond Base19761978Backup infielder hit .343 over his career

Games Played on October 7th
1904-10-07 South Carolina 14 , Welsh Neck 0
1911-10-07 Georgia 38 , South Carolina 0
1916-10-07 Newberry 10 , South Carolina 0
1922-10-07 South Carolina 7 , Presbyterian 0
1933-10-07 Villanova 15 , South Carolina 6
1944-10-07 South Carolina 0 , Miami (Fla) 0
1961-10-07 Georgia 17 , South Carolina 14
1967-10-07 Georgia 21 , South Carolina 0
1978-10-07 Georgia Tech 6 , South Carolina 3
1989-10-07 South Carolina 47 , East Carolina 14
1995-10-07 South Carolina 77 , Kent State 14
2000-10-07 South Carolina 20 , Kentucky 17
2006-10-07 South Carolina 24 , Kentucky 17
2017-10-07 South Carolina 48 , Arkansas 22
Men's Basketball