By The Numbers: Gamecocks vs. Jaguars

The Gamecocks take on the Southern Alabama Jaguars this week on Senior Day for the Gamecocks. Most people have already taken the Gamecocks, but head ball coach Steve Spurrier has been tempering expectations all week, reminding the Gamecock faithful that “they’re a good team”. Let’s take a look at the numbers to examine this week’s matchup.

67- The number of schools Steve Spurrier has faced off against in his coaching career. The Head Ball Coach is in his 25th season as a college head coach, and has won a total of 224 games (84 losses). He also has the 4th highest winning total of any college football coach in his first 25 years. In front of him on this list are giants and legends alike, including LaVell Edwards, Joe Paterno, and Tom Osborne. That is stellar company.


34.6 (450)- Average points per game and number of points the Gamecocks are on pace to score, if they play in a bowl. The average points per game is the highest number posted by the Cocks since Spurrier took over in 2005 (The school record is 36.5, in 1995. The Gamecocks were playing an 11 game season then). 450 would set a new record of points scored in a single season, beating last year’s record of 443.


6th- Dylan Thompson’s current spot on the single season passing list. The senior comes into this contest with 2,749 yards through the air, and in on pace to surpass the great Todd Ellis as the best single season passer in school history. Ellis’ record, set in the 1987 campaign, was 3,206 yards, and only Steve Taneyhill and Stephen Garcia have passed for 3,000 yards in a season besides Ellis. Thompson also has the potential to set a new season touchdown passing record. With 8 more touchdown throws (4 per game could be likely) Thompson will pass Steve Taneyhill’s 1995 mark of 29.


125- Yard left until Mike Davis reaches his second 1,000 yard season. Although Davis has had some injury woes, he has truly been a back inspired when the Gamecocks have needed him to play. Davis is known for his power and downhill style, but he is also 1 of only 5 players in school history to log 4 or more rushes of over 50 yards. Only Derek Watson has more of those rushes than Davis, but Mike has made it known he is a threat to break open at any time.


1- Probably the most important number of all for both Steve Spurrier and the Gamecock Nation this week. This is the number of games left until the Cocks are bowl eligible. Spurrier said on his call-in show that “we’ve played 10, and been in 9 of them…but here we are, 5-5.” At the beginning of the season, the Gamecocks were looking to try and scrap for a playoff berth. But, with the lack of defensive production this year, and the loss of key leaders from last year, the Gamecocks have had to scrap their way into the bowl picture. Look for the HBC and crew to put this one to bed early, and start staring daggers at the team from the Upstate.


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