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Georgia receivers Malcolm Mitchell, Justin Scott-Wesley expected to make season debuts Saturday

ATHENS, Ga. — Help is on the way for Hutson Mason and Georgia’s struggling passing game. Wide receivers Malcolm Mitchell and Justin Scott-Wesley are expected to make their season debuts for No. 13 Georgia on Saturday against Vanderbilt. Another receiver, Jonathon Rumph, might need another week before returning from a hamstring injury. read more
Augusta Chronicle Sep 27, 2014

Missouri rallies to stun South Carolina

COLUMBIA — South Carolina’s defense put up a valiant effort for three and a half quarters Saturday night against Missouri. But the Tigers scored a pair of touchdowns in the final 6:49 to stun the No. 13 Gamecocks, 21-20, before 83,493 fans at Williams-Brice Stadium. Russell Hansbrough scored all three touchdowns for Missouri, including the game winner with 1:36 to play, and the Tigers claimed the Mayor’s Cup after its first win in three tries against the other team that calls Columbia home. read more
Augusta Chronicle Sep 27, 2014

South Carolina's special teams show signs of improvement

COLUMBIA — South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier vowed to become involved with special teams after the Gamecocks allowed a pair of kickoff returns for touchdowns last week at Vanderbilt. The Gamecocks got positive results early in the game. South Carolina’s first kickoff to Missouri by Landon Ard sailed out of bounds and the Tigers took possession at the 35-yard line. read more
Augusta Chronicle Sep 26, 2014

Gamecocks seek 3-0 division start against Missouri's Tigers

COLUMBIA — It hasn’t been the season Steve Spurrier envisioned for No. 13 South Carolina when the year began. Still, the Gamecocks can take control of the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division when they face Missouri on Saturday night. read more
Augusta Chronicle Sep 23, 2014

Gamecocks' Steve Spurrier still frustrated about performance in win over Vanderbilt

COLUMBIA — Steve Spurrier wasn’t quite as angry Tuesday as he had been about South Carolina’s performance in a win over Vanderbilt. He is, though, still very frustrated. Spurrier ranted about his team’s “embarrassing” performance following the 48-34 win over Vanderbilt, appointing himself kickoff coverage coach when the Commodores returned two kickoffs for touchdowns. The coach called it one of the worst wins of his career. A few days later, Spurrier’s fury had eased up a bit. read more
Augusta Chronicle Sep 20, 2014

South Carolina surges past Vanderbilt

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Dylan Thompson threw for 237 yards and three touchdowns, and he ran for another score as No. 14 South Carolina rallied from 14 points down Saturday night to beat Vanderbilt 48-34. South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier now has 202 Southeastern Conference wins, breaking a tie with Vince Dooley and putting him second only to Paul “Bear” Bryant (292). Spurrier also got his 20th win all-time against the Commodores. read more
Augusta Chronicle Sep 20, 2014

South Carolina surges past Vanderbilt

  NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Now Steve Spurrier trails only Paul “Bear” Bryant for the most Southeastern Conference wins by a coach. Better yet, his 14th-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks shook off a hangover to win their third consecutive game. Dylan Thompson threw for 237 yards and three touchdowns, and he ran for another score as South Carolina rallied from 14 points down Saturday night to beat Vanderbilt 48-34. read more
Augusta Chronicle Sep 19, 2014

Young Vanderbilt team faces South Carolina

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Steve Spurrier has a chance at his 202nd win as a head coach in the Southeastern Conference when his 14th-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks visit Vanderbilt on Saturday night. Derek Mason just got his first at Vanderbilt, needing a missed 22-yard field goal to start celebrating. A win in the Gamecocks’ first road game this season would push Spurrier out of a tie with former Georgia coach Vince Dooley and into sole possession of second behind only Paul “Bear” Bryant (292). read more
Augusta Chronicle Sep 18, 2014

South Carolina QB Dylan Thompson calms down

COLUMBIA. — Dylan Thompson understands he must learn to temper his emotions, even in the midst of one of his biggest successes as South Carolina quarterback. Thompson was admonished by South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier for his part in a way-too-early sideline celebration in the fourth quarter with the Gamecocks up 38-28 on top-10 Georgia last week. When Spurrier saw Thompson celebrating, he let him know that’s not a leader’s role. read more
Augusta Chronicle Sep 16, 2014

South Carolna's not looking past Vanderbilt

COLUMBIA — Steve Spurrier figures he’s got an equally difficult task getting No. 14 South Carolina ready for Vanderbilt as he did last week for Georgia. Spurrier said while the Gamecocks (2-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) might have picked up a big victory over then-top-10 ranked Georgia, they are not close to being a dominant team that can take wins for granted. So they are not overlooking the struggling Commodores (1-2, 0-1). read more
Augusta Chronicle Sep 14, 2014

Spurrier, Gamecocks battle back into contention

COLUMBIA — Back Steve Spurrier and No. 14 South Carolina into a corner and you probably won’t like the result. The Gamecocks (2-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) showed again how dangerous they can be with their season on the line, avoiding an 0-2 SEC start and regaining their footing in the Eastern Division with a 38-35 victory over No. 13 Georgia on Saturday. read more
Augusta Chronicle Sep 14, 2014

Georgia-South Carolina started late

COLUMBIA — The kickoff for Saturday’s matchup between Georgia and South Carolina was scheduled for 3:39 p.m., barring inclement weather. Continuous delays due to unsafe weather conditions kept both teams in their respective locker rooms, and fans seeking shelter for nearly 90 minutes. When the original kickoff time arrived, lightning was still present near Williams-Brice Stadium. “I’m sure that was a fun game to watch once it got started, especially if you’re a South Carolina fan,” Georgia head coach Mark Richt said. read more
Augusta Chronicle Sep 12, 2014

Aiken couple carries on tradition of Sir Big Spur

AIKEN — On a quiet 28-acre farm in Aiken County at the end of a dirt road lined with pecan and crepe myrtle trees lives the University of South Carolina biggest, and perhaps most famous fan. He’s appeared in the pages of ESPN the Magazine, The New York Times and Southern Living. He’s made television appearances alongside musician Darius Rucker and was embraced by College Gameday’s Lee Corso in advance of the university’s 2012 football match-up against Southeastern Conference rival, the University of Georgia. read more
Augusta Chronicle Sep 10, 2014

South Carolina back Mike Davis draws high praise

COLUMBIA — With just two seasons under his belt, Mike Davis has drawn comparisons to George Rogers and Marcus Lattimore. For a South Carolina football player, there is no higher compliment. Rogers won the 1980 Heisman Trophy after leading the nation in rushing. Lattimore was an All-American tailback whose college career was cut short by a pair of knee injuries. Davis, a junior tailback from Stephenson High School in Stone Mountain, Ga., hopes to emulate those former Gamecock greats in another regard: have a big game Saturday and beat Georgia. read more

Points have been hard to come by for Georgia at South Carolina

ATHENS, Ga. — Blame it on Sandstorm pumping up the crowd or the rooster crow blaring. Whatever the reason – Jadeveon Clowney in 2012, a costly Washaun Ealey fumble in 2010 – Georgia returns Saturday to South Carolina’s Williams-Brice Stadium where points seem to die for the Bulldogs. Georgia left Columbia the past two trips on the wrong side of a 35-7 loss two years ago and 17-6 in 2010. Coach Mark Richt has talked to his sixth-ranked team about that recent history there, but several Bulldogs players this week didn’t seem to be overly concerned by it. read more