Oct. 18, 2003
GAME NOTES — SOUTH CAROLINA VS. LOUISIANA STATE — Oct. 18, 2003
The attendance of 82,525 was the largest of five South Carolina home crowds this season and the fourth of more than 80,000. Total attendance for five home games is 321,492, an average of 80,803. Three home games remain on the South Carolina schedule, Vanderbilt, Florida and Clemson.
The missed point after kick after the first LSU touchdown was the first miss by a South Carolina opponent this season. Opponents were 12 for 12 on PAT kicks in the first six games. The failed two point attempt after the third LSU touchdown was the first two point try against the Gamecocks this season.
The 77 yard third quarter touchdown pass from Dondrial Pinkins to Matthew Thomas was the second longest career completion by Pinkins. He had a 99 yard scoring completion to Troy Williamson against Virginia earlier this season. The 77 yard reception was a career long for Thomas. It was his second career touchdown, first this season.
The 15 yard fumble return in the third quarter by Jason LeDoux was the first fumble return for a touchdown against South Carolina this season. The last was 17 yards by Jermaine Hardy of Virginia in 2002.
The fourth quarter interception in the end zone was a career first for sophomore Tremaine Tyler.
The 33-7 loss to LSU dropped the Gamecock series record against the Tigers to 2-14-1. Since joining the Southeastern Conference South Carolina is 1-2-1 against LSU. The Gamecocks won 18-17 at Baton Rouge in 1994 and there was a 20-20 tie at Columbia in 1995. LSU won 38-14 last year in Baton Rouge. The other South Carolina win was also by one point, 7-6 in 1930, the first game played in the series.
The 254 passing yards by Dondrial Pinkins against LSU was a career high. Pinkins completed 15 of 32 passes with no interceptions. The touchdown pass to Matthew Thomas was the fourth TD pass by Pinkins this season.