Gamecocks pull Top 5 surprise, beat Mississippi

by verotik on September 24, 2009

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP)Mississippi wasn’t ready for the Top 5or South Carolina’s defense.

Star passer Jevan Snead was hounded all game and the fourth-ranked Rebels never got in gear, losing to South Carolina 16-10 Thursday night.

I’m glad it’s gone, left tackle Bradley Sowell said of the high-intensity spotlight, so we can just get back to basics and win ballgames.

South Carolina (3-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) had been 1-31 all-time against Top 5 foes, but left Williams-Brice Stadium with the biggest win of coach Steve Spurrier’s five seasons.

Spencer Lanning kicked three field goals and fullback Patrick DiMarco a key 2-yard TD catch for the Gamecocks.

It was good to get a win when everybody watches, Spurrier said. It was good for all Gamecocks.

Ole Miss (2-1, 0-1) had one last chance at a go-ahead TD that would’ve extended its eight-game winning streak. But Snead was sacked by Cliff Matthews, then had a fourth-down pass knocked away by Darian Stewart. [read more]

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