|2010 South Carolina Gamecocks football|
SEC Eastern Division Champions
|2010 record||9–5 (5–3 SEC)|
|Head coach||Steve Spurrier|
|Defensive coordinator||Ellis Johnson|
|Home stadium||Williams-Brice Stadium|
|2010 SEC football standings|
|#22 South Carolina x||5||–||3||9||–||5|
|#1 Auburn x†||8||–||0||14||–||0|
|#12 Arkansas ‡||6||–||2||10||–||3|
|#15 Mississippi State||4||–||4||9||–||4|
|Championship: Auburn 56, South Carolina 17|
|† – BCS representative as champion |
‡ – BCS at-large representative
x – Division champion/co-champions
Rankings from AP Poll
The 2010 South Carolina Gamecocks football team represented the University of South Carolina in the 2010 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team's head football coach was Steve Spurrier, who was in his sixth season at USC. The Gamecocks played their home games at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina and were members of the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference. The Gamecocks finished the season 9–5, 5–3 in SEC play to win the Eastern Division. They earned their first appearance in the SEC Championship where they were defeated by Auburn 17–56. They were invited to the Chick-fil-A Bowl, where they were defeated by Florida State 17–26.
On April 10, 2010, the White squad defeated the Garnet squad, 21–17, in the annual Garnet & Black Spring Game, in front of a crowd of 22,000.
|September 2*||7:30 pm||Southern Miss||Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC||ESPN||W 41–13||70,438|
|September 11||12:00 pm||#22 Georgia||#24||Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC||ESPN2||W 17–6||80,974|
|September 18*||7:00 pm||Furman||#13||Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC||ESPN3||W 38–19||73,681|
|September 25||7:45 pm||at #17 Auburn||#12||Jordan-Hare Stadium • Auburn, AL||ESPN/ESPN 3D||L 27–35||87,451|
|October 9||3:30 pm||#1 Alabama||#19||Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC||CBS||W 35–21||82,993|
|October 16||6:00 pm||at Kentucky||#10||Commonwealth Stadium • Lexington, KY||ESPN2||L 28–31||67,955|
|October 23||7:00 pm||at Vanderbilt||#19||Vanderbilt Stadium • Nashville, TN||SECRN||W 21–7||33,425|
|October 30||12:21 pm||Tennessee||#17||Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC||SECN||W 38–24||79,336|
|November 6||7:00 pm||#17 Arkansas||#18||Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC||ESPN||L 20–41||75,136|
|November 13||7:15 pm||at #24 Florida||#22||Ben Hill Griffin Stadium • Gainesville, FL||ESPN||W 36–14||90,885|
|November 20*||12:21 pm||Troy||#17||Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC||SECN||W 69–24||74,117|
|November 27*||7:00 pm||at Clemson||#18||Memorial Stadium • Clemson, SC (Battle of the Palmetto State)||ESPN2||W 29–7||81,355|
|December 4||4:00 pm||vs. #2 Auburn||#18||Georgia Dome • Atlanta, GA (SEC Championship Game)||CBS||L 17–56||75,802|
|December 31*||7:30 pm||vs. #23 Florida State||#19||Georgia Dome • Atlanta, GA (Chick-fil-A Bowl)||ESPN||L 17–26||72,217|
|*Non-Conference Game. †Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.|
Quarterback Stephen Garcia and freshman running back Marcus Lattimore each rushed for two touchdowns and USC head coach Steve Spurrier won his 18th straight season opener, 41-13 over Southern Miss. Sophomore wide receiver Alshon Jeffery also had 106 receiving yards and freshman wide receiver Ace Sanders had a 53-yard run off of a reverse. Freshman backup quarterback Connor Shaw also had a highlight, throwing his first touchdown pass as a Gamecock to wide receiver D.L. Moore.
Freshman running back Marcus Lattimore carried for 182 yards and two touchdowns, as #24 South Carolina outmatched #22 Georgia, 17-6, in the SEC opener for both teams. Quarterback Stephen Garcia was 12-17 for 165 yards, with seven of his passes caught by wide receiver Alshon Jeffery, who finished with 103 yards. Lattimore had 103 yards rushing in the first half, and USC held a 228-73 edge in total yards after the first two quarters. Georgia's 6 points were the fewest allowed by Carolina to a Bulldog team since a 2-0 USC victory in 1904, and the Gamecock defense held the Bulldogs to 61 rushing yards. Head Coach Steve Spurrier won his 106th SEC game, tying him for second all-time in the conference with former Ole Miss coach Johnny Vaught.
Stephen Garcia went 13-20 for 150 yards with two touchdown passes, and Marcus Lattimore had 19 carries for 97 yards and a touchdown to lead the #13 Gamecocks to a 38-19 win over Furman. Cornerback Stephon Gilmore sealed the game with an 80-yard interception return for touchdown in the 4th quarter.
|#1 Crimson Tide||3||6||5||7||21|
USC toppled Alabama at home to notch their first defeat of a top-ranked team in school history.
2010 SEC Championship vs. AuburnEdit
2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl vs. Florida StateEdit
Depth chart Edit
Projected starters and primary backups for SEC Championship Game versus Auburn on December 4, 2010.
- Steve Spurrier - SEC Coach of the Year
- Stephen Garcia - Maxwell Award Watch List; Manning Award Watch List; Walter Camp National Offensive Player of the Week, 10/10/10; SEC Offensive Player of the Week, 10/11/10; Davey O'Brien National Quarterback of the Week, 10/11/10; Capital One Cup Impact Performance of the Week, 10/14/10
- Alshon Jeffery - Biletnikoff Award Finalist; Maxwell Award Watch List; Rivals.com National Player of the Week, 10/11/10; AFCA Coaches' All-America Team; AP & Coaches First-Team All-SEC; Walter Camp Second-Team All-American
- T.J. Johnson - SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week, 9/6/10
- Spencer Lanning - Lou Groza Award Watch List, Ray Guy Award Nominee; SEC Special Teams Player of the Week, 11/15/10; SEC Special Teams Player of the Week, 11/29/10
- Marcus Lattimore - Maxwell Award Watch List; SEC Offensive Player of the Week & SEC Freshman of the Week, 9/13/10; SEC Freshman of the Week, 11/1/10; SEC Offensive Player of the Week, 11/15/10; SEC Freshman of the Week, 11/22/10; AP & Coaches First-Team All-SEC; AP & Coaches SEC Freshman of the Year; Walter Camp Second-Team All-American
- Devin Taylor - SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week, 11/1/10; AP First-Team All-SEC; Coaches Second-Team All-SEC
- Garrett Chisolm - Campbell Trophy Semifinalist; Coaches Second-Team All-SEC
- Stephon Gilmore - Bednarik Award Watch List, Nagurski Trophy Watch List; Coaches First-Team All-SEC; AP Second-Team All-SEC
- Cliff Matthews - Hendricks Award Watch List, Nagurski Trophy Watch List, Lott Trophy Watch List; Coaches Second-Team All-SEC
2010 recruiting classEdit