The 18th-ranked Gamecocks edge Appalachian State by a score of 20-13. USC aired it out for 307 yards in the game.
Tight end Danny Smith was the key receiver for Carolina. He had 134 yards receiving, including a 57-yard TD reception.
Ironically, Appalachian State was coached by three-time Southern Conference Coach of the Year Sparky Woods. Woods would take over the reigns in Columbia four years later after the death of Joe Morrison.