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Oct. 20, 2007

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South Carolina Notes

  • South Carolina failed to score a touchdown for the first time in 19 games. The Gamecocks were last held without a touchdown on Sept. 9, 2006 at Georgia, when the Bulldogs won 18-0.
  • Seventeen points by Vanderbilt in the first quarter were the most allowed by South Carolina in the opening period this season. The previous high was seven points (three times).
  • The loss to Vanderbilt ended a seven-game win streak by the Gamecocks against the Commodores. Before today, South Carolina’s last loss to Vanderbilt was by an 11-10 score in 1999. South Carolina now leads the series 14-3.
  • Coach Steve Spurrier lost to Vanderbilt for the first time. Spurrier’s career coaching record against Vanderbilt is now 14-1.
  • The two second-quarter field goals by Ryan Succop (35 & 32 yards) were his eighth and ninth of the season in 12 attempts. For his career Succop has made 25 field goals in 34 attempts.
  • Succop tied his career long with a 58-yard punt in the third quarter.
  • The 46-yard punt return in the second quarter by Captain Munnerlyn was a career long for him. His previous long punt return was 38 yards against North Carolina.
  • The announced attendance of 79,212 increased total attendance for five South Carolina home games to 385,644, an average of 77,129 per home date.
  • Kenny McKinley caught four passes for 79 yards against Vanderbilt, extending to 29 the number of consecutive games that McKinley has caught at least one pass. For the season McKinley has caught 41 passes for 525 yards. His career total is 117 receptions for 1,696 yards. McKinley moved into seventh place on South Carolina’s career list with 117 catches, passing Stanley Pritchett (1992-95) by one.
  • The fourth-quarter recovery of a Vanderbilt fumble by Eric Norwood was the third of the season for Norwood. He returned the first two for touchdowns against Kentucky.

Vanderbilt Notes

  • With the win, Vanderbilt goes to 4-3 overall, and 2-3 in Southeastern Conference play.
  • The Commodores have never beaten a team ranked higher than No. 6 by the Associated Press. The victory over No. 6 South Carolina matches a feat accomplished Oct. 26, 1937 when the Commodores defeated No. 6 LSU 7-6 in Nashville.
  • It also represents Vanderbilt’s second win ever against an Associated Press Top 10 opponent away from Nashville. The Commodores defeated No. 8 Auburn 25-13 in the 1955 Gator Bowl (Dec. 31) in Jacksonville, Fla. Today’s win marked Vanderbilt’s first true road victory over a Top 10 opponent.
  • The victory is Vanderbilt’s first against a ranked opponent since the Commodores defeated No. 16-ranked Georgia 24-22 in Athens on Oct. 14, 2006.
  • Vanderbilt held South Carolina to six points, the lowest total since Vanderbilt limited Chattanooga to six points on Sept. 6, 2003. The last time VU held an SEC opponent to six points or less was a 24-6 win over Kentucky on Nov. 5, 1994.
  • The win at South Carolina was snapped a seven-game losing streak to the Gamecocks and marked Vanderbilt’s first victory against South Carolina since earning an 11-10 win in Columbia on Oct. 23, 1999.
  • The Commodores have become a solid road opponent, having captured SEC wins over Arkansas (28-24, Sept. 10, 2005), Tennessee (28-24, Nov. 19, 2005), Georgia (24-22, Oct. 14, 2006) and South Carolina since the start of the 2005 season. Vanderbilt is 6-8 on the road since 2005
  • The Commodores tied a school record with seven sacks against the Gamecocks. Vanderbilt also had seven sacks earlier this season against Ole Miss on Sept. 15. Previous to this season, VU also had seven sacks against Alabama on Sept. 10, 1994 and Virginia Tech on Nov. 4, 1989.