Top 7 Best Moments: South Carolina Football 2009
This 2009 football season had a lot of ups and downs for the Gamecocks. Here is a list of the seven best moments of the season. From record breaking nights to freshman breakouts, this list is sure not to disappoint. Enjoy!
7. Jarvis Giles breaks 100 yard mark to beat SC State
The highly touted recruit from Florida didn't take long to make his presence felt in Columbia. The third game of the season Jarvis broke the 100 yard mark in rushing in a beatdown of FAU, the first time a freshman broke the mark since Mike Davis in 2005. USC finished the game with 287 yards rushing.
6. Stephon Gilmore has his first pass break-up to put away NC State
This play put away the game against NC State. The Wolfpacks were driving down the field, and on the final 4th down, Russel Wilson put it up in the endzone. There to bat it down, was Gilmore.
5. Alshon Jeffery rips the Kentucky secondary with 3 TD's
Alshon Jeffery, a true freshman, came off the bench to help South Carolina defeat Kentucky 28-26. How? Finished with 143 yards receiving and 3 TD's
4. South Carolina's 99-yard drive defeats Vanderbilt 14-10
South Carolina started the drive on their own 1-yard line. After an unsuccessful run play, Garcia aired one deep to Tori Gurley for a 42-yard gain. And after bad miscues with holding calls and false starts, on 3rd and 20, Garcia throws a long pass to Alshon Jeffery for a touchdown.
3. Eric Norwood has two sacks; breaks all time record
Eric Norwood never seems to disappoint on the national stage. On a Thursday night matchup against #4 Ole Miss, Eric Norwood destroyed the Ole Miss offense almost single-handily, and breaking the all-time Gamecock sack record in the process.
2. South Carolina Upsets #4 Ole Miss 16-10
It was a night to remember for all Gamecock faithful. USC defeated a top five team for the first time since 1984 against North Carolina. They beat Ole Miss 16-10, and the "New Carolina" sparked.
1. South Carolina Demolishes #15 Clemson 34-17
Reeling off a three game losing streak, the Gamecocks came ready to play against the Tigers. It started off bad, as the opening kick by Clemson went for a touchdown by CJ Spiller. But the running game sparked, and defense stepped up, and it was by far the most memorable moment in the 2009 season.