LSU and South Carolina have been infrequent football foes, over the years, meeting just 20 times previously. Even since South Carolina joined the SEC in 1992, these teams have met just seven times. LSU holds a commanding 17-2-1 lead in the series, 11-1 in Baton Rouge and 5-1-1 since 1992. Saturday’s meeting promises to be the strangest chapter in the series, with South Carolina moving its home game to Baton Rouge because of deadly flooding in its home state, but there have been other memorable games, too. Here’s a look back at five of the best:
Sept. 17, 1966 – LSU 28, South Carolina 12: In a non-conference game he helped schedule while still LSU’s coach, Paul Dietzel returns to Tiger Stadium in his first game at South Carolina. Dietzel has just left Army, which he left LSU for in 1962. The victory is a huge one for Charles McClendon, Dietzel’s former assistant and successor, who goes on to become LSU’s winningest coach.
Dec. 31, 1987 – LSU 30, South Carolina 13: A showdown in the Gator Bowl matches LSU’s dynamic passing duo of Tommy Hodson and Wendell Davis against the No. 8 Gamecocks’ Black Death defense. Hodson, Davis and LSU win in a rout, combining for touchdown passes of 39, 12 and 25 yards. The win pushes the Tigers to No. 5 in the final AP poll and a 10-1-1 record, their most wins and best ranking since 1961.
Oct. 1, 1994 – South Carolina 18, LSU 17: After throwing three pick sixes at Auburn the game before, Jamie Howard is limited to just 7 of 16 passing for 53 yards with two interceptions and two fumbles. Stanley Pritchett’s 1-yard blast on fourth-and-goal is the difference as South Carolina beats LSU for just the second time ever – both times by one point.
Oct. 18, 2003 – LSU 33, South Carolina 7: One week after the Tigers offense fails to score in a 19-7 loss to Florida, LSU goes to Columbia minus its top two rushers: Joseph Addai and Shyrone Carey. But freshmen Justin Vincent and Alley Broussard combine for 185 yards rushing and two TDs. The victory is the turning point for an LSU team that peels off eight straight wins en route to the BCS national championship.
Sept. 22, 2007 – LSU 28, South Carolina 16: The Tigers are off to a strong 3-0 start but face a tricky day game at home against the No. 12 Gamecocks. LSU turns out to be the tricky party as the Tigers call “Red Alert Roxie,” a fake field goal play. Quarterback and holder Matt Flynn flips a perfect over the shoulder pass to kicker Colt David as he races untouched 15 yards for the score.