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LSU makes South Carolina feel comfortable in Gamecocks' relocated home game

LSU brought out all the stops to show its support for South Carolina

The South Carolina state flag hung high over Tiger Stadium on Saturday, equal to its Louisiana counterpart.

That was just one way LSU showed solidarity for its ailing SEC friend. The game was relocated to Baton Rouge after devastating floods ravaged Columbia, S.C. and surrounding areas, so LSU vowed to make the Gamecocks feel at home.

Though LSU couldn't fully replicate the atmosphere of Williams-Brice Stadium, the Tigers certainly tried their best.

That flag was the first symbol, flown long before any fan stepped foot in Tiger Stadium. LSU flashed an animated one as well on the verious Jumbotrons for period during pregame.

In the pressbox, the LSU media relations department rolled out special nameplates for the writers. It said "Welcome to Williams-Brice Stadium (the Tiger Stadium edition)" adorned with the SC logo.

The Golden Band from Tiger Land stole the show when they added a special part to its pregame routine. They played the SC alma mater before they played their own.

Instead of LSU's typical pregame hype video, the Tigers created a new one that not only showed LSU highlights, but sprinkled in just as many Gamecock highlights as well. When the team was about ready to take the field, LSU played SC's full intro video, with an opening phrase from Steve Spurrier: "It's time for Carolina football."

LSU also played the theme from "2001: A Space Odyssey" a South Carolina tradition as the Gamecocks emerge from the tunnel.

The band again came through, having some of its members line the SC tunnel as they ran out, playing the Gamecock fight song when they did.

Instead of the boos that typically rain from the stands when opponents take the fields, the LSU fan base instead responded with applause and cheers, as if the Gamecocks were their team.

As SC lined up to kickoff, "Sandstorm" blared over the sound system, another Gamecock tradition.

The SEC also did its part. They provided this 30-second video to show all its members had South Carolina in their thoughts.

The band again came through after the game, treating the Gamecocks to their alma mater once more, to another resounding applause from the remaining LSU fans.

All revenue from tickets and concessions will go back to the SC athletic department. The Red Cross was stationed throughout Tiger Stadium to accept donations for flood relief. LSU AD Joe Alleva also said earlier in the week they plan to make an additional donation to help the cause.

Leonard Fournette, a Hurricane Katrina victim, even took it a step further. He told a reporter after the game he wanted to auction off his jersey and donate proceeds to flood relief. The NCAA announced later he would be able to do that.

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