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2012 South Carolina Gamecocks football
Outback Bowl Champions
Outback Bowl vs. Michigan, W 33–28
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionEastern
Ranking
BCSNo. 10
CoachesNo. 7
APNo. 8
2012 record11–2 (6–2 SEC)
Head coachSteve Spurrier (8th season)
Co-offensive coordinatorSteve Spurrier Jr. (1st as Co OC, 8th overall season)
Co-offensive coordinatorShawn Elliot (1st as OC, 3rd overall season)
Offensive schemeMultiple
Defensive coordinatorLorenzo Ward (1st as DC, 4th overall season)
Base defense4–2–5
Home stadiumWilliams-Brice Stadium
(Capacity: 80,250)
Seasons
← 2011
2013 →
2012 SEC football standings
v · d · e Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
Florida   0 0         0 0  
Georgia   0 0         0 0  
Kentucky   0 0         0 0  
Missouri   0 0         0 0  
South Carolina   0 0         0 0  
Tennessee   0 0         0 0  
Vanderbilt   0 0         0 0  
Western Division
Alabama   0 0         0 0  
Arkansas   0 0         0 0  
Auburn   0 0         0 0  
LSU   0 0         0 0  
Mississippi State   0 0         0 0  
Ole Miss   0 0         0 0  
Texas A&M   0 0         0 0  
Championship: December 1, 2012
Rankings from AP Poll

The 2012 South Carolina Gamecocks football team represented the University of South Carolina in the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Gamecocks were led by eighth-year head coach Steve Spurrier and played their home games at Williams-Brice Stadium. They were a member of the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference. The season finished with 11–2, 6–2 in SEC to finish in third place in the East Division. They were invited to the Outback Bowl, where the Gamecocks defeated Michigan 33–28 by a game-winning TD with 11 seconds remaining in the game.

PreseasonEdit

On April 14, 2012, the Black squad defeated the Garnet squad, 38–24, in the annual Garnet & Black Spring Game, in front of a crowd of 34,513. Quarterback Connor Shaw finished the day 6–7 for 128 yards and two touchdowns for the Black team, while Garnet QB Dylan Thompson was 15–20 for 168 yards and a rushing touchdown.[1]

ScheduleEdit

The October 6 game against Georgia played host to ESPN's College GameDay, the school's sixth time hosting the popular ESPN show.[2]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 7:00 PM at Vanderbilt #9 Vanderbilt StadiumNashville, TN ESPN W 17–13   38,393
September 8* 12:21 PM East Carolina #9 Williams-Brice StadiumColumbia, SC SECN W 48–10   77,006
September 15* 7:00 PM UAB #8 Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC FSN W 49–6   77,963
September 22 3:30 PM Missouri #7 Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC CBS W 31–10   80,836
September 29 7:00 PM at Kentucky #6 Commonwealth StadiumLexington, KY ESPN2 W 38–17   49,810
October 6 7:00 PM #5 Georgia #6 Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC ESPN W 35–7   85,199
October 13 8:00 PM at #9 LSU #3 Tiger StadiumBaton Rouge, LA ESPN L 21–23   92,734
October 20 3:30 PM at #3 Florida #9 Ben Hill Griffin StadiumGainesville, FL CBS L 11–44   90,833
October 27 12:00 PM Tennessee #17 Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC ESPN W 38–35   80,250
November 10 12:00 PM Arkansas #12 Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC CBS W 38–20   78,772
November 17* 1:00 PM #9 (FCSWofford #12 Williams-Brice Stadium • Columbia, SC PPV W 24–7   79,982
November 24* 7:00 PM at #12 Clemson #13 Memorial StadiumClemson, SC (Battle of the Palmetto State) ESPN W 27–17   82,000
January 1* 1:00 PM vs. #19 Michigan #11 Raymond James StadiumTampa, FL (Outback Bowl) ESPN W 33–28   54,527
*Non-Conference Game. Homecoming. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time.
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Game notesEdit

VanderbiltEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
#9 South Carolina 7 3 0 7 17
Vanderbilt 0 10 3 0 13
  • Date: August 30
  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee
  • Game start: 6:01 pm
  • Elapsed time: 3:15
  • Game attendance: 38,393
  • Game weather: 86, Partly Cloudy
  • Referee: Matt Austin


East CarolinaEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
East Carolina 0 0 3 7 10
#9 South Carolina 14 7 14 13 48
  • Date: September 8
  • Location: Columbia, South Carolina
  • Game start: 12:21 pm
  • Elapsed time: 3:19
  • Game attendance: 77,006
  • Game weather: 88, Sunny
  • Referee: Wayne Winkler


UABEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
UAB 3 3 0 0 6
#8 South Carolina 7 14 14 14 49
  • Date: September 15
  • Location: Columbia, South Carolina
  • Game start: 7:08 pm
  • Elapsed time: 3:22
  • Game attendance: 77,963
  • Game weather: 84, Fair
  • Referee: Ken Williamson


MissouriEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Missouri 0 3 0 7 10
#7 South Carolina 0 21 7 3 31
  • Date: September 22
  • Location: Columbia, South Carolina
  • Game start: 3:39 pm
  • Elapsed time: 3:02
  • Game attendance: 80,836
  • Game weather: 88, Fair
  • Referee: Matt Loeffler


KentuckyEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
#6 South Carolina 0 7 14 17 38
Kentucky 3 14 0 0 17
  • Date: September 29
  • Location: Lexington, Kentucky
  • Game start: 7:10 pm
  • Elapsed time: 3:08
  • Game attendance: 49,810
  • Game weather: 70, Fair
  • Referee: Tom Ritter


GeorgiaEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
#5 Georgia 0 0 0 7 7
#6 South Carolina 21 0 7 7 35
  • Date: October 6
  • Location: Columbia, South Carolina
  • Game start: 7:10 pm
  • Elapsed time: 3:13
  • Game attendance: 85,199
  • Game weather: 78, Clear
  • Referee: Matt Austin


LSUEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
#3 South Carolina 0 7 7 7 21
#9 LSU 3 0 7 13 23
  • Date: October 13
  • Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Game start: 7:06 pm
  • Elapsed time: 3:27
  • Game attendance: 92,734
  • Game weather: 79 Degrees
  • Referee: Hubert Owens


FloridaEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
#9 South Carolina 3 3 2 3 11
#3 Florida 7 14 16 7 44
  • Date: October 20
  • Location: Gainesville, Florida
  • Game start: 3:39 pm
  • Elapsed time: 3:22
  • Game attendance: 90,833
  • Game weather: 79, Sunny
  • Referee: Matt Loeffler


Tennessee Edit

by Quarter1234 Total
Tennessee 7 7 7 14 35
#17 South Carolina 7 21 7 3 38
  • Date: October 27
  • Location: Columbia, South Carolina
  • Game start: 12:01 pm
  • Elapsed time: 3:34
  • Game attendance: 80,250


ArkansasEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Arkansas 0 10 3 7 20
#12 South Carolina 7 14 17 0 38
  • Date: November 10
  • Location: Columbia, South Carolina
  • Game start: 12:10 pm
  • Elapsed time: 3:26
  • Game attendance: 78,772


WoffordEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
Wofford 0 7 0 0 7
#12 South Carolina 0 7 0 17 24
  • Date: November 17
  • Location: Columbia, South Carolina
  • Game start: 1:05 pm
  • Elapsed time: 2:44
  • Game attendance: 79,982


ClemsonEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
#13 South Carolina 7 3 10 7 27
#12 Clemson 14 0 3 0 17
  • Date: November 24
  • Location: Clemson, South Carolina
  • Game start: 7:15 pm
  • Elapsed time: 3:32
  • Game attendance: 82,000


MichiganEdit

by Quarter1234 Total
#11 South Carolina 14 7 0 12 33
#19 Michigan 3 10 9 6 28
  • Date: January 1, 2013
  • Location: Tampa, Florida
  • Game start: 1:00 pm
  • Elapsed time: 3:45
  • Game attendance: 54,527


PlayersEdit

Depth chartEdit

Projected starters and primary backups versus Clemson on November 24, 2012.


Defensive Starters


FS
D. J. Swearinger
Kadetrix Marcus


WLB MLB SPUR
Shaq Wilson Reginald Bowens DeVonte Holloman
Quin Smith Damario Jeffery Sharrod Golightly
SS
Brison Williams
Jared Shaw
CB
Victor Hampton
Ahmad Christian


DE DT DT DE
Devin Taylor Kelcy Quarles Byron Jerideau Jadeveon Clowney
Aldrick Fordham J.T. Surratt Gerald Dixon, Jr. Chaz Sutton
CB
Akeem Auguste
Jimmy Legree
Offensive Starters
WR
Ace Sanders
Nick Jones
LT LG C RG RT
Corey Robinson A.J. Cann T.J. Johnson Ronald Patrick Brandon Shell
Brandon Shell Will Sport Kyle Harris Kaleb Broome Cody Gibson
TE
Justice Cunningham
Rory Anderson
WR
Bruce Ellington
Damiere Byrd
QB
Dylan Thompson
Connor Shaw
Key Reserves
RB Mike Davis
WR D.L. Moore
WR DeAngelo Smith
WR Shaq Roland
WR K.J. Brent
TE Jerell Adams
DE Gerald Dixon
LB Cedrick Cooper
RB
Kenny Miles
Mike Davis
FB
Qua Gilchrist
Connor McLaurin
Special Teams
PK Adam Yates
P Tyler Hull
KR Bruce Ellington
PR Ace Sanders
LS Walker Inabinet
H Seth Strickland


AwardsEdit

  • Jadeveon Clowney – SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week, 9/17/12;[4] SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week, 10/1/12;[5] SEC Defensive Lineman and Co-Defensive Player of the Week, 11/26/12[6]
  • T.J. Johnson - SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week, 10/8/12[7]
  • Marcus Lattimore – SEC Offensive Player of the Week, 9/3/12[8]
  • Ace Sanders - SEC Co-Special Teams Player of the Week, 9/24/12,[9] SEC Co-Special Teams Player of the Week, 10/8/12[7]
  • Connor Shaw - SEC Co-Offensive Player of the Week, 9/24/12,[9] SEC Offensive Player of the Week, 10/29/12[10]
  • D.J. Swearinger - Walter Camp National Defensive Player of the Week, 11/11/12[11]

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll

 

AP 9 9 8 7 6 6 3 9 17 11 12 12 13 11 11 8

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Coaches' 9 9 9 8 6 6 3 8 16 11 11 11 12 10 10 7

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Harris Not released 3 7 16 11 11 11 12 10 10

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BCS Not released 7 13 8 8 9 12 10 10

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Coaching staffEdit

  • Steve Spurrier – Head Coach[12]
  • Lorenzo Ward – Defensive Coordinator[13]
  • Kirk Botkin - Linebackers/Spurs[14]
  • Grady Brown - Secondary/Assistant Special Teams Coordinator[15]
  • Shawn Elliott – Co-Offensive Coordinator/Offensive LIne[16]
  • Brad Lawing – Defensive Line[17]
  • G.A. Mangus – Quarterbacks[18]
  • Joe Robinson - Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends[19]
  • Everette Sands - Running Backs[20]
  • Steve Spurrier, Jr. – Recruiting Coordinator/Wide Receivers[21]

ReferencesEdit

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