Series history - UAB

In this series, GamecockAnthem takes a look at the series history of each of the opponents in the 2012 season. Today we take a look at South Carolina's third opponent, UAB.

Series history – South Carolina leads 2-0
Last 10 meetings – South Carolina leads 2-0
Under Spurrier – South Carolina leads 1-0
Largest margin of victory – South Carolina 42-10, 2003
Closest margin of victory – South Carolina 26-13, 2008
Last game – South Carolina 26-13, 2008

In the third week of the season South Carolina will meet up with UAB for just the third time in school history. Carolina has won both meetings with UAB, both played in Columbia, by a combined 68-23. The Gamecocks blew out the Blazers in 2003, 42-10. Carolina had more trouble beating UAB in 2008, winning 26-13. The Gamecocks got off to a sluggish start in the 2008 match-up before pulling away in the second half to a 26-6 lead before UAB scored the game's final touchdown.

Last season UAB struggled to a 3-9 record, giving up nearly 37 points per game. The Blazers did rebound to win two of its final three games, including a 34-31 upset of Southern Miss. This season the Blazers must replace four of its five offensive linemen and seven starters on the defensive side of the ball. If last season was a struggle, this season likely won't be any better.

Most memorable moment – Demetris Summers entered his first season at Carolina as arguably the best recruit in school history. Summers would play in each of the first two games of his career, but it was the third game against UAB where he burst onto the scene as one of the premiere running backs in the SEC. Summers would tote the ball 31 times for 161 yards and would score the first three touchdowns of the game, including a 54-yard run. It was the first three touchdowns of his career. While his career did not end the way Carolina hoped it would, it was performances like this one that made it clear just how talented of a running back he was.

Last time out – For the first time in his career, quarterback Stephen Garcia saw significant minutes against UAB, entering the game on the second series and playing through the third quarter in the 26-13 win in 2008. Garcia was 13-of-20 for 131 yards and a touchdown pass to Brian Maddox, and ran for 86 yards and another touchdown. Ryan Succop connected on all four of his field goal opportunities. The Gamecock defense allowed just 207 yards of offense, only 67 rushing yards, and gave up just one touchdown with 24 seconds left in the game with reserves in the game.

Key to the game – South Carolina will clearly be the favorite entering the ballgame and will hope to get the starters out of the game early in the second half with a key SEC game with Missouri looming the following week. It is those times when Carolina has typically come out flat and played to the level of the competition. UAB was horrible defensively last season, and losing seven starters will not help at all. The key to this game will simply come down to how the offense performs. If they come out firing on all cylinders the game will be over early; if they do not then it could become a struggle like the 2008 game was.

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