Best Offensive Performances of the Spurrier Era

By Rixon Lane

Steve Spurrier came to South Carolina with a reputation as an offensive mastermind. 

Since his arrival, the Gamecock offense has set multiple school records and has put together some of the more impressive outings in school history. 

Here are the top performances by the Gamecock offense in each of Spurrier's first nine seasons at South Carolina. 

 

2005 vs. Kentucky (Win, 44-16)

Staff Photo by C.J. Driggers: Daccus Turman led the Gamecocks with 81 yards on 18 carries against Kentucky.

Staff Photo by C.J. Driggers: Daccus Turman led the Gamecocks with 81 yards on 18 carries against Kentucky.

Blake Mitchell completed 23 of 34 passes for 277 yards, his second highest yardage total of the year, and a pair touchdowns. He also scored on a one-yard run in the first quarter, his first touchdown of the season and second of his career. Sidney Rice caught two touchdowns in the third quarter, his fifth consecutive game with at least one touchdown reception, which tied a school record. His 125 receiving yards against the Wildcats were the most of his career at that point. 

 

2006 vs. Middle Tennessee (Win, 52-7)

Staff Photo by C.J. Driggers: Wallace's run is still the longest for any Gamecock under Steve Spurrier.

Staff Photo by C.J. Driggers: Wallace's run is still the longest for any Gamecock under Steve Spurrier.

Blake Mitchell threw for a career-high 338 yards and four touchdowns, also a career high. against the Blue Raiders.  The Gamecocks scored 52 points, the most for a South Carolina team since 1995. Bobby Wallace scored on an 88-yard run, the longest of the season and the fourth-longest in program history. Tommy Beecher came off the bench to throw the first pass of his Gamecock career, a three-yard touchdown to Mike West. 


2007 at Tennessee (Loss, 27-24 OT)

Staff Photo by Paul Collins: The Gamecock offense had 501 yards, but could only muster three touchdowns.

Staff Photo by Paul Collins: The Gamecock offense had 501 yards, but could only muster three touchdowns.

The Gamecocks gained 31 first downs, the most for a South Carolina offense since 2001. Using both Blake Mitchell and Chris Smelley at quarterback, the Gamecocks completed 34 passes, more than any other game to that point in the Steve Spurrier era. Kenny McKinley tied a school record with 14 receptions, amassing 151 yards. The game was McKinley's 30th consecutive game with a catch. 


2008 at Ole Miss (Win, 31-24)

Staff Photo by C.J. Driggers: Kenny McKinley finished with 58 yards on four catches against the Rebels.

Staff Photo by C.J. Driggers: Kenny McKinley finished with 58 yards on four catches against the Rebels.

Chris Smelley threw for a career-high 327 yards and three touchdowns against the Rebels. Jared Cook caught a 63-yard pass, the longest play from scrimmage for South Carolina since Bobby Wallace's run against Middle Tennessee. Ryan Succop made a 48-yard field goal in the first quarter, moving him past George Rogers on the school's all-time points scored list. Kenny McKinley caught a pass in his 36th consecutive game. 


2009 vs. Florida Atlantic (Win, 38-16)

Staff Photo by Paul Collins: Stephen Garcia accounted for 240 total yards in the win over Florida Atlantic. 

Staff Photo by Paul Collins: Stephen Garcia accounted for 240 total yards in the win over Florida Atlantic. 

Jarvis Giles ran for 113 yards on 11 carries and scored his first career touchdown. Tori Gurley had 100 receiving yards on the day, giving South Carolina a 100-yard rush and receiver for the 25th time in school history. Brian Maddox scored a career-high three touchdowns. The Gamecocks scored just one minute and 21 seconds into the game, the fastest South Carolina score since 1992. 


2010 at Vanderbilt (Win, 21-7)

Staff Photo by Paul Collins: Garcia set a career high for completions against the Commodores. 

Staff Photo by Paul Collins: Garcia set a career high for completions against the Commodores. 

Playing in the place of an injured Marcus Lattimore, Brian Maddox rushed for a career-high 146 yards. Alshon Jeffery had 158 receiving yards, while Tori Gurley set career highs with 13 catches for 109 yards. The Gamecocks had a pair of 100-yard receivers for the first time since 2006 and had a 100-yard rusher and two 100-yard receivers for the first time in school history. Stephen Garcia tied a career-high with 31 completions. 


2011 vs. Kentucky (Win, 54-3)

Staff Photo by Paul Collins: Connor Shaw led the Gamecocks to 54 points in his second career start.

Staff Photo by Paul Collins: Connor Shaw led the Gamecocks to 54 points in his second career start.

South Carolina rolled up 639 yards of offense, the most since Steve Spurrier arrived in Columbia. The Gamecocks ran for 288 yards, the most since 2001. Rory Anderson, making his first career start, had a career-high 46 yard catch. Alshon Jeffery caught a pair of touchdown passes, moving into second place on South Carolina's career receiving touchdowns list. Justice Cunningham had five catches for 46 yards, both career highs. 


2012 vs. East Carolina (Win, 48-10)

Staff Photo by Chris Gillespie: Marcus Lattimore scored his 33rd career touchdown against the Pirates.

Staff Photo by Chris Gillespie: Marcus Lattimore scored his 33rd career touchdown against the Pirates.

Making the first start of his career, Dylan Thompson threw for 330 yards and three touchdowns. Marcus Lattimore tied the school record for career touchdowns. 11 different players caught passes, including DeAngelo Smith, who caught his first career touchdown. Rory Anderson set career highs with four catches for 90 yards and touchdowns. Damiere Byrd caught a career-long 53-yard pass in the first quarter.

 

2013 vs. Coastal Carolina (Win, 70-10)

Staff photo by Paul Collins: Nick Jones caught two passes for 46 yards and a touchdown in the win over Coastal. 

Staff photo by Paul Collins: Nick Jones caught two passes for 46 yards and a touchdown in the win over Coastal. 

The Gamecocks tied a Steve Spurrier era record with 639 yards against the Chanticleers. South Carolina accumulated 352 yards on the ground, the most in Spurrier's tenure. The 70 points were the most since the Gamecocks scored 77 against Kent State in 1995. South Carolina's 32 first downs also set a Spurrier era record. Jamari Smith, Pharoh Cooper and Shon Carson all scored their first career touchdowns.