The South Carolina Gamecocks have a proud history of playing in bowl games, but have only recently become a perennial player in the college football postseason. The Gamecocks’ first bowl appearance was in the 1946 Gator Bowl, but USC only made 3 more bowl games before 1980. However, starting in the 1980’s, the program took a major upswing and South Carolina advanced to 4 bowl games in that decade, doubling the team’s previous bowl appearances.
In 1995, the Gamecocks achieved their first bowl victory with a thrilling 24-21 defeat of the West Virginia Mountaineers at the Carquest Bowl in Miami. In front of over 50,000 fans, South Carolina burst into the game, recovering a fumble on the first play from scrimmage and scoring quickly to gain the lead, which they would never relinquish. The next bowl victory wouldn’t come for another 6 years, when South Carolina defeated Ohio State in back to back Outback Bowls in 2001, and 2002. These victories burst the postseason door open for the Gamecocks and it has inspired the most successful era in school history.
An appearance in the 2014 Capital One Bowl gave the Gamecocks a chance to seal one of the highest ranking seasons in school history. South Carolina came into the game #9 in the country after playing a gauntlet of a schedule. Despite trailing Wisconsin at halftime, USC, lead by quarterback Connor Shaw’s 61% completion percentage, dominated the fourth quarter to seal the victory. This cemented the first time the program had won 3 consecutive bowl games in 3 consecutive years, and has taken expectation for the team to all time highs. With legendary coach Steve Spurrier’s relentless offensive strategy, South Carolina looks to continue to be one of the toughest bowl draws for years to come. Score with TicketCity - the place to go for South Carolina Gamecocks Bowl Game tickets.