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Today's Date In Gamecock History
October 8th
1988 - The 5-0 Gamecocks narrowly escaped Blacksburg with a 26-24 win, relying heavily on the leg of Collin Mackie and getting by despite finishing with zero yards rushing. Todd Ellis, who suffered a concussion in the game but kept playing, finished with five interceptions but did hook up with Mike Dingle for a 53-yard touchdown pass. Ranked #8 in the country, the USC defense was averaging allowing just 5.8 points per game. Carolina trailed 7-3 at the end of the first, but took the lead halfway on the second on the Ellis to Dingle pass. Tech stormed back to take a 21-10 lead as they returned two interceptions of Ellis for touchdowns within 55 seconds. The play of the day may have been the first play of the second half, as freshman Robert Brooks returned the opening kickoff 98 yards to the cut lead to 21-17. Tech countered with a field goal, but that would be the last points the Hokies would score. The fourth quarter opened with USC trailing 24-20, but on the Hokies' first possession they fumbled the ball to USC on the VT 38, resulting in a 28-yard field goal by Mackie. Now within one the USC defense forced a three and out and an 11 yard punt return by Brooks set up a 50-yard field goal from Mackie. A blocked punt by Derrick Frazier was recovered by USC's Tim High at the Tech six and Mackie made a 23-yard field goal to put Carolina up 26-24 with 6:43 left. Tech's last three possessions were a punt and interceptions by senior defensive backs Ron Rabune and Robert Robinson to clinch the win for USC.

Today's Birthdays
SportPlayerPositionBegin YearEnd YearComment
FBBrian ChaneyQuarterback19861987Backup QB for 2 seasons transferred to Illinois State where he passed for 2758 yards
FBTrevon MatthewsTight End19951998Started 13 games, had 9 receptions that included 4 TDs, 2 vs Arkansas in 1998
BBCasey RihnSecond Base20092009JuCo transfer hit .321 in 28 games as backup 2B in only season
FBJay SaldiTight End19721975Averaged 22.7 yards per catch in run-based offense before going on to NFL career
FBTrent SimpsonDefensive Line19861990Played DE, DT and TE in career; had 36 tackles and 3 sacks, 2 vs UNC in 1989
FBBrad ThomasTight End19731976Reserve tight end for four seasons

Games Played on October 8th
Football
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1910-10-08 South Carolina 8 , College of Charleston 0
1921-10-08 South Carolina 7 , Newberry 0
1927-10-08 South Carolina 13 , Virginia 12
1932-10-08 Wake Forest 6 , South Carolina 0
1938-10-08 Wake Forest 20 , South Carolina 19
1949-10-08 North Carolina 28 , South Carolina 13
1955-10-08 South Carolina 19 , Furman 0
1966-10-08 South Carolina 31 , North Carolina State 21
1977-10-08 Duke 25 , South Carolina 21
1983-10-08 Notre Dame 30 , South Carolina 6
1988-10-08 South Carolina 26 , Virginia Tech 24
1994-10-08 East Carolina 56 , South Carolina 42
2005-10-08 South Carolina 44 , Kentucky 16
2011-10-08 South Carolina 54 , Kentucky 3
Men's Basketball
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Baseball
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