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No. 19 South Carolina defeated No. 1 Alabama in the program’s first-ever victory over a No. 1-ranked team in the United States Sports Academy’s College Football Game of the Week.
In a 35-21 victory at Columbia, S.C., the Gamecocks defense held Alabama’s powerhouse backfield of Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson to 64 yards and sacked quarterback Greg McElroy seven times. The defending national champion Crimson Tide had come in on a 19-game win streak.
The College Football Game of the Week, voted upon by a national panel of experts, is nominated for the College Football Game of the Year at the end of the regular season.
Daniel Moore, the American Sports Art Museum and Archives (ASAMA) 2005 Sport Artist of the Year, is commissioned by the Academy each year to create a painting honoring the selected College Football Game of the Year. The Academy donates the painting to the winning university, along with $5,000 for its general scholarship fund.
I think that this game was meant to be. I used a line that I’ve never used in my life, but since our basketball team had beat the No. 1 (team) and our baseball team had done it, I said, ‘Fellas, if fate means for us to win this game Saturday then lets give it a chance. Lets give fate a chance to happen.’ Our guys played their hearts out, a lot of outstanding individual plays and we held on and got a few breaks here and there. That is the best our offense has played ever since I’ve been here without a doubt. We scored five touchdowns out of about eight real possessions. Stephen Garcia played the best he’s ever played. Alshon (Jeffery) is something else; all the guys were very good. I think it was just meant to be. Fate was on our side for us to beat the No. 1 in all three major sports in 2010. I’m very proud of them, proud of the offensive line, they played well, very well for our team, it was a super team effort.
– South Carolina Head Coach Steve Spurrier