Thursday, September 24, 2009
Final: South Carolina 16, Ole Miss 10
Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- At last, Steve Spurrier has his signature win at South Carolina, and Ole Miss has problems.
The Gamecocks (3-1) held on to beat the No. 4-ranked Rebels 16-10 on Thursday night at Williams-Brice Stadium. It was the first victory for South Carolina over a top-5 team since beating No. 3-ranked North Carolina in 1981.
The Rebels (2-1) looked nothing like an SEC contender most of the night, although they at least made things interesting in the fourth quarter after falling behind 16-3.
It was a nightmarish outing for Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead, who finished 7-of-21 for 107 yards and was hounded at every turn by the South Carolina pressure. The Gamecocks sacked Snead four times, and senior outside linebacker Eric Norwood had two of those in a dominant defensive performance.