NC State–South Carolina football rivalry

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NC State–South Carolina football rivalry
North Carolina State University Athletic logo.svg
NC State Wolfpack
South Carolina Gamecocks logo.svg
South Carolina Gamecocks
First meetingNovember 10, 1900
South Carolina, 12–0
Latest meetingSeptember 2, 2017
South Carolina, 35–28
Next meetingSeptember 14, 2030
Statistics
Meetings total58
All-time seriesSouth Carolina leads, 28–26–4[1]
Largest victorySouth Carolina, 48–0 (1987)
Longest win streakNC State, 4 (1934–1957, 1972–1975, 1989–1999)
Current win streakSouth Carolina, 3 (2008–present)
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Locations of the two universities.

The NC State–South Carolina football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the NC State Wolfpack and South Carolina Gamecocks. South Carolina leads the series 28–26–4.

Series history[edit]

Both schools were in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) until 1971; they met annually from 1923 to 1935 and 1956 to 1991 (they didn't meet in 1967), when South Carolina was invited to the SEC. Since South Carolina joined the SEC, they have met only four times.

Notable games[edit]

  • 1900: NC State (then known as the Agricultural & Mechanical College of North Carolina) and South Carolina first met in November 1900, playing two games against each other that month. South Carolina won both games by a combined score of 29 to 5.[2][3]
  • 1927: NC State and South Carolina played on Thanksgiving Day. NC State under head coach Gus Tebell crushed South Carolina, 34–0, to clinch a Southern Conference title.
  • 1928–1932: NC State and South Carolina scheduled their annual game as the last game of the season for both teams.
  • 1933: South Carolina defeated NC State, 14–0, as the undefeated Gamecocks won their first Southern Conference championship.
  • 1957: NC State defeated South Carolina, 29–26, to clinch the Wolfpack's first ACC championship. Dick Christy scored all 29 points for NC State. South Carolina scored to tie the game at 26 with 1:09 left. NC State drove down the field, but South Carolina intercepted a pass and returned it 63 yards. The crowd in Columbia streamed onto the field, but the interception was negated by a pass interference call. The penalty gave NC State the ball at the 30-yard line with time for one more play. Christy then kicked a field goal to give NC State the victory and the conference championship.[4][5]
  • 1966: The two teams met for the first game in NC State's Carter–Finley Stadium. South Carolina spoiled the celebration in Raleigh, defeating the Wolfpack, 31–21.[6]
  • 1972: In their first homecoming game under head coach Lou Holtz, the Wolfpack defeated the Gamecocks, 42–24. NC State went on to win all four games against South Carolina during Holtz's tenure as head coach from 1972 to 1975.
  • 1980: South Carolina's George Rogers rushed for 193 yards on 26 carries as the Gamecocks won, 30–10. After the game, South Carolina coach Jim Carlen said: "I have never seen a running back like Rogers. If he's not the best player in America, I'd like to see who is. George Rogers is All-World."[7] Rogers went on to win the 1980 Heisman Trophy.
  • 1984: South Carolina stays undefeated during their "Black Magic" season, coming from 12 points down to win in the final minute on a 6-yard Thomas Dendy TD carry.[8]
  • 1989: Both teams came into the 1989 game ranked in the AP Poll. The Wolfpack won, 20–10. South Carolina quarterback Todd Ellis sustained an injury in the game that ended his collegiate football career.[9]
  • 1991: With South Carolina accepting an invitation to join the SEC, the Gamecocks dropped the annual match with the Wolfpack, and the 1991 game was the last regular annual meeting. NC State quarterback Geoff Bender passed for two touchdowns and ran for a third, as the #19-ranked Wolfpack won, 38–31. In its account of the game, the Associated Press noted that the game marked the end of a rivalry: "In a football rivalry that began in 1900 and ended Saturday, North Carolina State's win brought the series with South Carolina to a 25–25–4 deadlock."[10]
  • 1999: The two teams met after a seven-year hiatus. The game was Lou Holtz's first as head coach of South Carolina after having been the head coach at NC State from 1972 to 1975. In a game played in torrential rain and high wind from a tropical storm, NC State spoiled Holtz's debut, defeating the Gamecocks, 10–0, giving them a 26–25–4 series lead.[11]

Game results[edit]

NC State victoriesSouth Carolina victoriesTie games
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
1 November 10, 1900 Columbia, SC South Carolina 12–0
2 November 29, 1900 Raleigh, NC South Carolina 17–5
3 November 14, 1903 Raleigh, NC North Carolina A&M 6–5
4 November 5, 1904 Raleigh, NC Tie0–0
5 October 26, 1905 Columbia, SC North Carolina A&M 29–0
6 October 21, 1915 Raleigh, NC South Carolina 19–10
7 October 13, 1923 Raleigh, NC NC State 7–0
8 October 11, 1924 Columbia, SC South Carolina 10–0
9 October 10, 1925 Raleigh, NC South Carolina 7–6
10 November 20, 1926 Columbia, SC South Carolina 20–14
11 October 29, 1927 Columbia, SC NC State 34–0
12 November 29, 1928 Raleigh, NC NC State 18–7
13 November 30, 1929 Raleigh, NC South Carolina 20–6
14 November 22, 1930 Columbia, SC South Carolina 19–0
15 November 21, 1931 Columbia, SC South Carolina 21–0
16 November 24, 1932 Raleigh, NC Tie7–7
17 November 11, 1933 Columbia, SC South Carolina 14–0
18 October 13, 1934 Raleigh, NC NC State 6–0
19 October 5, 1935 Columbia, SC NC State 14–0
20 November 10, 1956 Raleigh, NC NC State 14–7
21 November 23, 1957 Columbia, SC NC State 29–26
22 November 22, 1958 Columbia, SC South Carolina 12–7
23 November 21, 1959 Columbia, SC South Carolina 12–7
24 November 19, 1960 Columbia, SC Tie8–8
25 November 18, 1961 Raleigh, NC NC State 38–14
26 November 10, 1962 Columbia, SC South Carolina 17–6
27 October 12, 1963 Columbia, SC NC State 18–6
28 October 31, 1964 Raleigh, NC NC State 17–14
29 October 2, 1965 Columbia, SC South Carolina 13–7
30 October 8, 1966 Raleigh, NC South Carolina 31–21
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
31 October 12, 1968 Raleigh, NC NC State 36–12
32 October 11, 1969 Columbia, SC South Carolina 21–16
33 September 26, 1970 Raleigh, NC Tie7–7
34 September 25, 1971 Columbia, SC South Carolina 24–6
35 October 28, 1972 Raleigh, NC NC State 42–24
36 November 3, 1973 Columbia, SC NC State 56–35
37 November 2, 1974 Raleigh, NC NC State 42–27
38 November 1, 1975 Raleigh, NC NC State 28–21
39 October 30, 1976 Columbia, SC South Carolina 27–7
40 October 29, 1977 Raleigh, NC NC State 7–3
41 November 4, 1978 Raleigh, NC NC State 22–13
42 November 3, 1979 Columbia, SC South Carolina 30–28
43 October 4, 1980 Columbia, SC South Carolina 30–10
44 October 31, 1981 Columbia, SC South Carolina 20–12
45 October 30, 1982 Raleigh, NC NC State 33–3
46 October 29, 1983 Columbia, SC South Carolina 31–17
47 November 3, 1984 Raleigh, NC South Carolina 35–28
48 November 2, 1985 Columbia, SC NC State 21–17
49 November 1, 1986 Raleigh, NC NC State 23–22
50 October 31, 1987 Columbia, SC South Carolina 48–0
51 October 29, 1988 Raleigh, NC South Carolina 23–7
52 October 28, 1989 Columbia, SC NC State 20–10
53 October 27, 1990 Raleigh, NC NC State 38–29
54 November 2, 1991 Columbia, SC NC State 38–21
55 September 4, 1999 Raleigh, NC NC State 10–0
56 August 28, 2008 Columbia, SC South Carolina 34–0
57 September 3, 2009 Raleigh, NC South Carolina 7–3
58 September 2, 2017 Charlotte, NC South Carolina 35–28
Series: South Carolina leads 28–26–4[1]

See also[edit]

  • List of NCAA college football rivalry games

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Winsipedia - North Carolina State Wolfpack vs. South Carolina Gamecocks football series history". Winsipedia.
  2. "A. and M. Defeated". News and Observer. November 11, 1900.
  3. "Farmers Licked Out of Their Boots". News and Observer. November 30, 1900.
  4. "N.C. State Wins But Can't Go to Orange Bowl". Independent Star-News (Pasadena, CA). November 24, 1957.
  5. "Dick Christy's big day was against SC". Wilmington (NC) Star. Associated Press. November 25, 1957. p. 13.
  6. "Dietzel Gets First Gamecock Victory". Kingsport Times-News. October 9, 1966. p. 21.
  7. "South Carolina 30, North Carolina State 10". The Sun (San Bernardino, CA). October 5, 1980. p. D5.
  8. "1984: The Year of Black Magic - N.C. State". GamecockCentral.com. Retrieved 2020-01-25.
  9. "Wolfpack avenges losses to Gamecocks". The Index-Journal. October 29, 1989.
  10. "Wolfpack runs through USC". The Index-Journal (AP story). November 3, 1991. p. 33.
  11. "Holtz return welcomed by hurricane". The Index-Journal. September 5, 1999. p. 18.


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