This time it came on Twitter, after the Gamecocks touted their annual SEC Network takeover with a full day of highlights — including the football team’s victory against No. 1 Alabama in 2010.
Sure, but …
The Southern Conference Bulldogs can be excused for piling on their Southeastern Conference neighbors. Last year, The Citadel stunned South Carolina, 23-22. The Bulldogs won the SoCon and advanced to the FCS playoffs; South Carolina finished last in the SEC East.
The sports moment judged the greatest in The Citadel history marked the first time the Gamecocks lost to a lower division team since 1990 (also against The Citadel, 38-35). It was also, the Associated Press wrote, “the lowest point for South Carolina fans since going 0-11 in 2000.”
The Bulldogs broke a 28-game losing streak to FBS teams, also dating to their 1990 victory against South Carolina. It was also the first time an SEC team lost to an FCS team since Florida fell in 2013 to Georgia Southern, another Southern Conference team then.
“I think this is a testament to what kind of kids I have the opportunity to coach,” Bulldogs head coach Mike Houston said. “You just beat an SEC East team at home, so I don’t know that they get any bigger than this for an FCS school.”
The Citadel’s Tyler Renew, who sold peanuts at Williams-Brice Stadium when the Gamecocks knocked off Alabama in 2010, led the way with 174 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries. It was the most the Gamecocks allowed at home since Arkansas’ Darren McFadden rushed for 219 yards in 2006.
Renew put the Bulldogs ahead for good when he went 56 yards up the middle with 6:07 remaining in the game.
South Carolina appeared to score with 44 seconds left on a miracle 94-yard fourth-down touchdown to Pharoh Cooper. But the officials called a false start, saying all the Gamecocks weren’t set.
“I saw a throw. I saw a catch. I saw a run for a touchdown. I didn’t even know they threw a flag until somebody grabbed my shoulder,” said South Carolina interim coach Shawn Elliott, who took over after Steve Spurrier quit last season. “They outcoached us, they outplayed us, they outclassed us. Everything.”
South Carolina leads the all-time series against The Citadel, 40-8-3. But the Bulldogs have won two of the last three meetings (the Gamecocks won 41-20 in 2011).
So if the schools take it up again on Twitter, South Carolina should consider #BeatTheCitadel.
On the cover and above: Tyler Renew paced The Citadel’s victory against South Carolina last year. (Courtesy The Citadel Athletics)
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