With many South Carolina fans still shaking their heads from last week’s upset against Georgia, it’s safe to say USC fans are in need of a little Home Game Hype. This week #13 South Carolina will host unranked Vanderbilt at Williams-Brice stadium with hopes to continue their 4 year winning streak against Vandy. While the Gamecocks are miles ahead of Vanderbilt in terms of rankings, every South Carolina fan knows that sometimes the unranked teams can be a wild card. If you recall last year’s game against the Commodores, USC barely slipped by to secure a 17-13 win. Let’s take a look at last year’s match-up to see why the Gamecocks should stomp Vandy this Saturday.
1. We’re tough.
We play hard and sometimes that means we get hit hard. But the only way our team knows how to handle a hard hit is to get right back on their feet and prepare for the next play. It’s impossible to watch a South Carolina football game and not see that the Gamecocks win games by playing with everything they have. Anyone who watched the South Carolina-Vanderbilt game last year still has this play running through their minds in preparation for Saturdays big game:
2. Injuries won’t stop us.
Injuries are nothing new to any football team, and the Gamecocks had their fair share of injuries to overcome in last year’s game against Vanderbilt. With Marcus Lattimore playing his first game since tearing his ACL and Connor Shaw injuring his right arm after taking a helmet to the shoulder, many fans may have felt nervous that injured players may not be able to give it their all. But Gamecocks have heart and the will to win. Lattimore made 2 touchdowns and 110 yards, and Shaw led South Carolina to a victory after playing the second half with an injured shoulder. Need more proof? Take a look at this play where an injured Shaw blocks out his pain to run the ball to the 1 yard line.
3. We’re faster.
With Mike Davis stepping into the running back position this season, the USC offense has found some serious speed. Just last weekend Davis showed off his speed with a 75 yard break away run against Georgia, leaving many people thinking that Davis has the potential to be the next Marcus Lattimore. Let’s not forget Damiere Byrd, USC wide receiver, who has been put in the ranks with the fastest players in the SEC. In terms of speed, there is no doubt that South Carolina’s offense can beat Vandy any day of the week.
4. Our defense knows how to put the pressure on.
Who can forget the 5 sacks made by the Gamecocks in last year’s game against Vandy? Jordan Rodgers was not only sacked 5 times but was sacked by 5 different players- Clowney, Fordham, Williams, Quarles and Sutton.
5. Our fans are the best.
Gamecock fans will pour into the stadium this Saturday for the 7pm battle against the Commodores and one thing is certain- Williams-Brice Stadium will be loud. After the upset last week, Gamecock fans are ready for redemption. Get ready to don your Garnet and Black and cheer GAME…COCKS!! The boys will enter the field to “2001,” and in traditional fashion the stadium will yell “Go! Fight! Win! Kickass!” as the game starts with the opening kick-off. Get ready Gamecock Nation, it’s time for redemption. Go Cocks!!!