Gamecocks drop a spot

Saturday night was wild in college football with the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the country losing. South Carolina was actually a victim of the upsets and an unexpected performance on the field and dropped one spot to No. 13 in the Associated Press poll released on Sunday.

The Gamecocks (9-2) pulled out a closer-than-expected, 24-7 victory over Wofford on Saturday afternoon at Williams-Brice Stadium. The defense set up one score giving its offensive counterparts a short field and cornerback Akeem Auguste scored his first career touchdown returning a fumble as South Carolina outscored the Terriers 17-0 in the final quarter.

The performance kept the pollsters from moving South Carolina up this week with in-state rival Clemson next up on the docket.

The Gamecocks have won three straight games against the Tigers, which are ranked No. 9 in this week’s poll. Quarterback Tajh Boyd accounted for eight touchdowns in his team’s 62-48 victory over N.C. State on Saturday night. Boyd, for his efforts, was named Walter Camp National Player of the Week.

The Southeastern Conference still has six of the top teams in the country as Alabama, Georgia, Florida, LSU, and Texas A&M all moved up or held steady this week with the upsets at the top.

The Crimson Tide, again, control their own destiny to land in the BCS National Championship game and are ranked No. 2 in the AP Poll. Georgia moved to No. 3 while Florida is the sixth-best team in the land. SEC West scores LSU and Texas A&M in the top 10 ranked seventh and tenth, respectively. Mississippi State re-entered the poll after a week absence at No. 24 with a resounding victory over Auburn.

South Carolina dropped a spot in the USA Today/Coaches’ poll and is down to No. 12 in the country. The Gamecocks were leapfrogged in both polls by Stanford, which pulled the upset over Oregon.

Head coach Steve Spurrier will address the media at 2 p.m. on his Sunday teleconference to wrap up the Wofford game and begin to look ahead to Clemson. The team will return to practice on Monday night at 7 p.m. The Gamecocks and Tigers will kick off at 7 p.m. on Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

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