Historic high

The Gamecocks recorded their highest-ever finish in the final college football polls.

South Carolina (11-2) finished the 2012 season ranked No. 8 in the final Associated Press poll and No. 7 in the final USA Today/Coaches Poll.

Both polls were released Tuesday morning.

The final rankings are the highest in school history, both one spot higher than in 2011.

"I'm very proud of our team and what we accomplished this season," said head coach Steve Spurrier in a written statement. "We are obviously thrilled to be ranked one spot better than we were last year and the highest in school history. Much of the credit goes to our seniors, especially the leadership provided by our captains - D.J. Swearinger, T.J. Johnson, Justice Cunningham and Shaq Wilson - which was instrumental in our success. We lose a lot of outstanding players but have a good nucleus returning for next season," continued the Head Ball Coach. "Our goals will be just as high. Our No. 1 goal is to win the SEC Championship and we'll try to accomplish that next season."

South Carolina finished the season with an 11-2 record following a 33-28 win over Michigan in the Outback Bowl on January 1.

The Gamecocks have posted a school-record 11 wins in each of the past two seasons.

South Carolina defeated four teams that finished among the 2012 AP top 25 including Georgia (5), Clemson (11), Vanderbilt (23) and Michigan (24).

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