Notebook: Spurrier chasing history

South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier tied Rex Enright for the most wins in school history by a head coach. Spurrier will look to break that next week against Clemson. Also, South Carolina's senior class continued to make history of its own with its 36th win.

When Steve Spurrier took the job as head coach at South Carolina prior to the 2005 season, one of the reasons he openly admitted for taking the job was to become the winningest coach in school history. That mark was held by Rex Enright, who previously held the distinction of winning more games than any other coach and losing more games than any other coach. With Saturday's 24-7 win over the Wofford Terriers, Spurrier moved into a tie for first place in just his 101st game as head coach.

"I haven't thought about this one too much," Spurrier said. "The next one will be a little bit bigger. I'm just tied right now. Again, it's about what this team has a chance to do. Ten will be the next goal and try and beat our instate competitors. They're a very good team. We'll start talking about them next week."

Spurrier is now 64-37 in his eight seasons in Columbia, averaging eight wins a season if the season were to end today. Spurrier led the Gamecocks to a pair of eight win seasons his first two years, and nine win season in 2010, and needs one win in the final two games to have consecutive 10 win seasons for the first time in program history. Its 11 wins last season was a school record, beating the previous record of 10 in the 1984 season. Should Carolina knock off rival Clemson next week and win its bowl game, the 2012 team will equal the 2011 team's win total.

Carolina also went 7-0 at home for the first time in the Spurrier era, a goal it has set every year but have fallen short in losing one home game

Seniors continue to make history

The South Carolina senior class played in their final game at Williams-Brice Stadium Saturday. The class has already made their mark on South Carolina football. The 29 seniors were a part of the first SEC Eastern Division Champion team in 2010, paved the way for the 11 wins in 2011 and have accumulated more wins than any other class. They won their 36th game in the win over Wofford, two more than the 2011 senior class that previously held the record.

"We have a great group of young men that we've been blessed to have a part of this South Carolina team," defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward said. "The senior leadership we have had all season has been tremendous. We feel like we have guys that can make big plays when they have to. When they got us on our heels, D.J. made a big tackle and caused a fumble and then I thought the guys picked it up even more. I'm proud of our guys to win seven home games."

The seniors also kept a Senior Day streak alive. Programs often struggle putting aside the emotion of celebrating their final home game and play sluggish. While Carolina was sluggish most of the afternoon against the Terriers, the seniors stepped up big. Running back Kenny Miles ran for 127 yards and a score on 27 carries to lead a Carolina offense that did just enough to get the job done.

On the other side of the ball, seniors made plays all over the place. The top five tacklers in the game were all seniors, led by D.J. Swearinger. Swearinger had 12 tackles, Shaq Wilson and Byron Jerideau had 10, Devin Taylor finished with eight, and Reginald Bowens had six. Swearinger made two huge defensive plays, recovering a fumble in the first half and forcing one when Wofford was driving deep in Carolina territory with a chance to take the lead.

"I think I had a decent last home game," Swearinger said. "I wanted to get a forced fumble today because I haven't gotten one all year, so I think I had a productive day and went out with a bang."

Fellow senior Akeem Auguste made a big play for the second week in a row. A week after picking up his first career interception, Auguste scored for the first time in his career when he scooped up a fumble and returned it 31 yards for the final score of the game. How is he going to top that next week?

"Wait and see," Auguste said with a smile. "It's just a blessing. I haven't played a lot this year, but I'm making the most of my time now."

Winning 36 games is not a huge number for some senior classes of teams like Alabama and Southern California, programs used to winning big. However, for a program that had just two seasons of nine wins or more prior to this class arriving on campus, 36 wins is a big number.

"I'm really proud of those seniors," Spurrier said. "These guys have 36 wins now, so we've averaged nine wins a year for the last four years. We've had (four) nine win seasons or better in school history and these guys are averaging nine. Hopefully they can get above it these last two games."

Carolina will now try and do something that has only been done one other time in program history; beat its rival Clemson for all four years.

"This Clemson game is personal for me," Swearinger said. "I grew up 30 minutes from Clemson so I'll get on the film first thing tomorrow morning."

Notes

GENERAL

With today's win, head coach Steve Spurrier registered his 64th victory at the University of South Carolina, tying Rex Enright's school record.

Today's win pushed Steve Spurrier's streak against schools outside the BCS to 47-0, including a 21-0 mark since coming to South Carolina.

South Carolina finishes the season a perfect 7-0 at home, the first time the Gamecocks have had a perfect home record since 1987. This win also pushed South Carolina's home winning streak to 11 games, dating back to October 8, 2011.

Today's win also stretched the Gamecocks' non-conference winning streak to 15 games.

During halftime of today's game South Carolina honored our nation's military, including a flyover.

Attendance for today's game was 79,982.

OFFENSE

Senior tailback Kenny Miles registered a career-high 127 yards rushing on a career-high 27 carries, also scoring his second touchdown of the season. This was Miles' first 100-yard rushing game since 2009 against Clemson, and the fourth 100-yard rushing game of his career.

Miles also registered a season-high four catches for 27 yards.

The Gamecocks scored all of their second-half points in the fourth quarter.

Junior wide receiver Ace Sanders scored his sixth touchdown of the season on an eight-yard pass from junior quarterback Connor Shaw in the fourth quarter.

DEFENSE

The defense as a unit forced four fumbles.

Senior cornerback Akeem Auguste scored a touchdown on a recovered fumble in the fourth quarter.

The defense pushed its season sack total to 34, second all-time only to the 41 sacks in 2010.

Senior free safety D.J. Swearinger forced his first fumble of the season and recovered a fumble on a bobbled pitch earlier in the game.

Swearinger registered 12 tackles today, which brings his total to 25 total tackles over the last two games.

Senior defensive tackle Byron Jerideau registered a career-high 10 tackles.

Sophomore defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles had a season-high five tackles.

SPECIAL TEAMS

Neither team registered any punt return yards.

Sophomore punter Tyler Hull pinned Wofford inside their own 20 twice in today's game.


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