South Carolina had the honors of getting college football’s fourth week off in high fashion, toppling preseason darling Mississippi 16-10 Thursday. Coming on the heels of Miami topping Georgia Tech last week, Thursday is fast becoming college football’s version of Halloween, where underdogs dress up like contenders and make weird and wild things happen.
The win didn’t come easy for South Carolina, however. Gamecock coach Steve Spurrier was the picture of agonized helplessness in the game’s final period, alternating between shrugs, uncomfortable grins and palms-to-the-face while nursing a 16-3 lead. Relief finally came after his defense repelled Ole Miss’ final charge at the Gamecocks’ 41 yard line.
(Not to brag, but we told you so. Sort of. Ole Miss was ripe for an upset, with our only error being the assumption that they’d get through a few more weeks of play before reality set in. Apologies for that.)