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2012 South Carolina Gamecocks football team

The 2012 South Carolina Gamecocks football team represented the University of South Carolina in the 2012 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Gamecocks were led by eighth-year head coach Steve Spurrier and played their home games at Williams-Brice Stadium. They were a member of the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference. The season finished with 11–2, 6–2 in SEC to finish in third place in the East Division. They were invited to the Outback Bowl, where the Gamecocks defeated Michigan 33–28 by a game-winning TD with 11 seconds remaining in the game.

2012 South Carolina Gamecocks football
South Carolina Gamecocks logo.svg
Outback Bowl champion
Outback Bowl, W 33–28 vs. Michigan
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionEastern Division
Ranking
CoachesNo. 7
APNo. 8
2012 record11–2 (6–2 SEC)
Head coachSteve Spurrier (8th season)
Co-offensive coordinatorSteve Spurrier Jr. (1st as Co OC, 8th overall season)
Co-offensive coordinatorShawn Elliott (American football) (1st as OC, 3rd overall season)
Offensive schemeMultiple
Defensive coordinatorLorenzo Ward (1st as DC, 4th overall season)
Base defense4–2–5
Home stadiumWilliams-Brice Stadium
(Capacity: 80,250)
Seasons
← 2011
2013 →
2012 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Eastern Division
No. 5т Georgia xy   7 1         12 2  
No. 9 Florida x%   7 1         11 2  
No. 8 South Carolina   6 2         11 2  
No. 23 Vanderbilt   5 3         9 4  
Missouri   2 6         5 7  
Tennessee   1 7         5 7  
Kentucky   0 8         2 10  
Western Division
No. 1 Alabama x$#   7 1         13 1  
No. 14 LSU   6 2         10 3  
No. 5т Texas A&M   6 2         11 2  
Mississippi State   4 4         8 5  
Ole Miss   3 5         7 6  
Arkansas   2 6         4 8  
Auburn   0 8         3 9  
Championship: Alabama 32, Georgia 28
  • # – BCS National Champion
  • $ – BCS representative as conference champion
  • % – BCS at-large representative
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • y – Championship game participant
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

PreseasonEdit

On April 14, 2012, the Black squad defeated the Garnet squad, 38–24, in the annual Garnet & Black Spring Game, in front of a crowd of 34,513. Quarterback Connor Shaw finished the day 6–7 for 128 yards and two touchdowns for the Black team, while Garnet QB Dylan Thompson was 15–20 for 168 yards and a rushing touchdown.[1]

ScheduleEdit

The October 6 game against Georgia played host to ESPN's College GameDay, the school's sixth time hosting the popular ESPN show.[2]

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
August 307:00 PMat VanderbiltNo. 9ESPNW 17–1338,393
September 812:21 PMEast Carolina*No. 9SECNW 48–1077,006
September 157:00 PMUAB*No. 8
  • Williams-Brice Stadium
  • Columbia, SC
SECRNW 49–677,963
September 223:30 PMMissouriNo. 7
  • Williams-Brice Stadium
  • Columbia, SC
CBSW 31–1080,836
September 297:00 PMat KentuckyNo. 6ESPN2W 38–1749,810
October 67:00 PMNo. 5 GeorgiaNo. 6
ESPNW 35–785,199‡
October 138:00 PMat No. 9 LSUNo. 3ESPNL 21–2392,734
October 203:30 PMat No. 3 FloridaNo. 9CBSL 11–4490,833
October 2712:00 PMTennesseeNo. 17
  • Williams-Brice Stadium
  • Columbia, SC
ESPNW 38–3580,250
November 1012:00 PMArkansasNo. 12
  • Williams-Brice Stadium
  • Columbia, SC
CBSW 38–2078,772
November 171:00 PMWofford*No. 12
  • Williams-Brice Stadium
  • Columbia, SC
PPVW 24–779,982
November 247:00 PMat No. 12 Clemson*No. 13ESPNW 27–1784,513
January 11:00 PMvs. No. 19 Michigan*No. 11ESPNW 33–2854,527

[3]

  • ‡ New Williams–Brice Stadium Attendance Record

Game summariesEdit

VanderbiltEdit

1 234Total
#9 South Carolina 7 307 17
Vanderbilt 0 1030 13
  • Date: August 30
  • Location: Nashville, Tennessee
  • Game start: 6:01 pm
  • Elapsed time: 3:15
  • Game attendance: 38,393
  • Game weather: 86, Partly Cloudy
  • Referee: Matt Austin
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Rece Davis (play-by-play), David Pollack and Jesse Palmer (color), Samantha Steele (sideline)

East CarolinaEdit

1 234Total
East Carolina 0 037 10
#9 South Carolina 14 71413 48
  • Date: September 8
  • Location: Columbia, South Carolina
  • Game start: 12:21 pm
  • Elapsed time: 3:19
  • Game attendance: 77,006
  • Game weather: 88, Sunny
  • Referee: Wayne Winkler
  • TV announcers (SEC Network): Dave Neal (play-by-play), Andre Ware (color), Cara Capuano (sideline)

UABEdit

1 234Total
UAB 3 300 6
#8 South Carolina 7 141414 49
  • Date: September 15
  • Location: Columbia, South Carolina
  • Game start: 7:08 pm
  • Elapsed time: 3:22
  • Game attendance: 77,963
  • Game weather: 84, Fair
  • Referee: Ken Williamson
  • Television network: FSN

MissouriEdit

1 234Total
Missouri 0 307 10
#7 South Carolina 0 2173 31
  • Date: September 22
  • Location: Columbia, South Carolina
  • Game start: 3:39 pm
  • Elapsed time: 3:02
  • Game attendance: 80,836
  • Game weather: 88, Fair
  • Referee: Matt Loeffler
  • TV announcers (CBS): Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (color), Tracy Wolfson (sideline)

KentuckyEdit

1 234Total
#6 South Carolina 0 71417 38
Kentucky 3 1400 17
  • Date: September 29
  • Location: Lexington, Kentucky
  • Game start: 7:10 pm
  • Elapsed time: 3:08
  • Game attendance: 49,810
  • Game weather: 70, Fair
  • Referee: Tom Ritter
  • TV announcers (ESPN2): Mike Patrick (play-by-play), Ed Cunningham (color), Jeannine Edwards (sideline)

GeorgiaEdit

1 234Total
#5 Georgia 0 007 7
#6 South Carolina 21 077 35
  • Date: October 6
  • Location: Columbia, South Carolina
  • Game start: 7:10 pm
  • Elapsed time: 3:13
  • Game attendance: 85,199
  • Game weather: 78, Clear
  • Referee: Matt Austin
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Brent Musburger (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (color), Heather Cox (sideline)

LSUEdit

1 234Total
#3 South Carolina 0 777 21
#9 LSU 3 0713 23
  • Date: October 13
  • Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • Game start: 7:06 pm
  • Elapsed time: 3:27
  • Game attendance: 92,734
  • Game weather: 79 Degrees
  • Referee: Hubert Owens
  • TV announcers (ESPN): Brent Musburger (play-by-play), Kirk Herbstreit (color), Heather Cox (sideline)

FloridaEdit

1 234Total
#9 South Carolina 3 323 11
#3 Florida 7 14167 44
  • Date: October 20
  • Location: Gainesville, Florida
  • Game start: 3:39 pm
  • Elapsed time: 3:22
  • Game attendance: 90,833
  • Game weather: 79, Sunny
  • Referee: Matt Loeffler
  • TV announcers (CBS): Verne Lundquist (play-by-play), Gary Danielson (color), Tracy Wolfson (sideline)

TennesseeEdit

1 234Total
Tennessee 7 7714 35
#17 South Carolina 7 2173 38
  • Date: October 27
  • Location: Columbia, South Carolina
  • Game start: 12:01 pm
  • Elapsed time: 3:34
  • Game attendance: 80,250
  • Television network: ESPN

ArkansasEdit

1 234Total
Arkansas 0 1037 20
#12 South Carolina 7 14170 38
  • Date: November 10
  • Location: Columbia, South Carolina
  • Game start: 12:10 pm
  • Elapsed time: 3:26
  • Game attendance: 78,772
  • Television network: CBS

WoffordEdit

1 234Total
Wofford 0 700 7
#12 South Carolina 0 7017 24
  • Date: November 17
  • Location: Columbia, South Carolina
  • Game start: 1:05 pm
  • Elapsed time: 2:44
  • Game attendance: 79,982
  • Television network: PPV

ClemsonEdit

1 234Total
#13 South Carolina 7 3107 27
#12 Clemson 14 030 17
  • Date: November 24
  • Location: Clemson, South Carolina
  • Game start: 7:15 pm
  • Elapsed time: 3:32
  • Game attendance: 82,000
  • Television network: ESPN

MichiganEdit

1 234Total
#11 South Carolina 14 7012 33
#19 Michigan 3 1096 28
  • Date: January 1, 2013
  • Location: Tampa, Florida
  • Game start: 1:00 pm
  • Elapsed time: 3:45
  • Game attendance: 54,527
  • Television network: ESPN

PlayersEdit

Depth chartEdit

Projected starters and primary backups versus Clemson on November 24, 2012.

AwardsEdit

RankingsEdit

Ranking movements
Legend: ██ Increase in ranking. ██ Decrease in ranking.
NR = Not ranked. RV = Received votes. ( ) = First place votes.
Week
Poll Pre 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Final 
AP 9 9 8 7 6 6 3 9 17 11 12 12 13 11 11 8 
Coaches 9 9 9 8 6 6 3 8 16 11 11 11 12 10 10 7 
Harris Not released 3 7 16 11 11 11 12 10 10 Not released 
BCS Not released 7 13 8 8 9 12 10 10 Not released

Coaching staffEdit

  • Steve Spurrier – Head Coach[12]
  • Lorenzo Ward – Defensive Coordinator[13]
  • Kirk Botkin - Linebackers/Spurs[14]
  • Grady Brown - Secondary/Assistant Special Teams Coordinator[15]
  • Shawn Elliott (American football) – Co-Offensive Coordinator/Offensive LIne[16]
  • Brad Lawing – Defensive Line[17]
  • G.A. Mangus – Quarterbacks[18]
  • Joe Robinson - Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends[19]
  • Everette Sands - Running Backs[20]
  • Steve Spurrier, Jr. – Recruiting Coordinator/Wide Receivers[21]

ReferencesEdit