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20 Statistical Highlights from LSU vs. South Carolina Games


LSU and South Carolina will clash Saturday in Baton Rouge in a battle of top 10 SEC teams. The 5-1 Tigers will be hungry for a win after falling 14-6 to Florida in the Swamp last week, while the 6-0 Gamecocks arrive sky-high after their 35-7 beatdown of Georgia. This will be the 20th meeting between LSU and South Carolina, so here are 20 statistical highlights focusing on the history between these two schools.

1 – Common head coach and athletic director between the schools. The legendary Paul Dietzel led the LSU program from 1955–1961, winning a national championship in 1958. He surprisingly left Baton Rouge to become the first non-Army graduate to lead the Cadets on the gridiron. After four seasons at Army, Dietzel would take over at South Carolina as head coach and athletic director in1966. He won the ACC Coach of the Year in 1969 and led the Gamecocks on the gridiron through the 1974 season. Dietzel would later return to Baton Rouge and serve as LSU’s athletic director from 1978–1982.

2 – Wins for South Carolina over LSU, both by one point. USC won the first meeting of the series in 1930, as well as the 1994 contest.

3 – Losses for head coach Steve Spurrier to LSU. He lost once to the Tigers at Florida in 1997, and then twice at South Carolina in 2007 and 2008.

4 – Point differential in the highest scoring game in LSU-South Carolina history, a 33-29 Tigers victory in 1973.

5 – Wins for LSU in its seven games played in Columbia.

6 – The game on Saturday will be the sixth time in South Carolina history where both teams involved were ranked in the top 10. Last week’s victory over Georgia was the fifth.

7 – Times in this series that LSU has scored 30 or more points. South Carolina has never reached the 30-point mark against the Tigers.

8 – This is the eighth season for Les Miles at LSU and for Steve Spurrier at South Carolina.

9 – Wins over LSU in the 1990s for Steve Spurrier, Florida’s head ball coach at the time.

10 – Consecutive wins by South Carolina entering Saturday’s game at Tiger Stadium. That represents the longest current FBS winning streak.

11 – First downs for South Carolina in the 2003 game, a 33-7 win for LSU in Columbia.
Matt Mauck threw two touchdowns for the Tigers, while Alley Broussard and Justin Vincent led a dominant rushing attack. “Right now, I'm sort of numb,” USC coach Lou Holtz said after the blowout.

12 – Passes completed in the 2002 game by Marcus Randall, who was filling in for the injured Mauck. Randall threw for 183 yards and Domanick Davis led the ground game with 113 yards, as LSU scored 25 third-quarter points on the way to a 38-14 victory.

13 – Meetings in this series where South Carolina was a member of the Southern Conference, the ACC or an Independent. The last six games have been SEC battles. LSU was also a member of the Southern Conference during the first three contests from 1930-32.

14 – First-quarter points scored by LSU in the 1987 Gator Bowl, giving the Tigers a lead they would never relinquish. Both touchdowns in the first stanza were passes from Tommy Hodson to Wendell Davis, and the pair would hook up for another score in the second half to lead LSU to a 30-13 bowl victory.

15 – Yards run by LSU kicker Colt David on a fake field goal touchdown in the second quarter of the 2007 game. The Tigers totaled a dominant 290 rushing yards in the 28-16 win over the Gamecocks.

16– Wins by LSU in 19 games against South Carolina.

17 – Second-quarter points scored by South Carolina in the 2008 game, Stephen Garcia’s first career start. USC led 17-10 at half, but LSU would rally for 14 unanswered points in the second half to win 24-17 in Columbia.

18 – Points scored by the Gamecocks in 1994, the last time they defeated LSU. A stingy USC defense and quarterback Steve Taneyhill led the way in the18-17 victory.

19 – Losses for Les Miles at LSU, against an incredible 80 wins.

20 – Points scored by each team in the series’ only tie in 1995.

By Patrick Snow (@AthlonSnowman)

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