Football

USC impact players from the rivalry

USC players in Gamecocks-Tigers series, at positions other than quarterback.

Tyler Hellams, safety (1968)

He made a touchdown-saving tackle on the opening kickoff, intercepted two passes and returned a punt 73 yards for the game's only touchdown.

Brad Edwards, safety (1986, '87)

After intercepting two passes and returning one for a touchdown in the 1986 tie, Edwards faced a challenge: How could he top that? He didn't, but he matched it. He returned his first interception in '87 for the game-clinching touchdown, and his second ended any chance the Tigers had to rally.

Steve Wadiak, halfback (1950)

He carried 19 times for 256 yards and scored two touchdowns in perhaps the series' greatest performance.

Jay Feltz, punter (1979)

His 80-yard punt to the Clemson 4-yard line in the fourth quarter saved the Gamecocks.

Reggie Richardson, running back (1994)

With the Gamecocks leading 14-7 at halftime, coach Brad Scott dipped into his bag of tricks from his days as an assistant at Florida State. Brandon Bennett took the kickoff, ran 6 or 7 yards, then wheeled and fired an across-the-field lateral to Reggie Richardson. Richardson, a sprinter, took the ball at the 9 and raced to the Clemson 6-yard line on the game-turning play. Bennett scored on the next play.

George Rogers, running back (1978-80)

He rushed for 102, 123 and 168 yards to give him 393 his final three seasons against the Tigers.

Bobby Giles, running back (1945-47)

His electrifying 62-yard run started the Gamecocks on their way to victory in 1946, which kicked off their most successful streak in the series. A year earlier, he intercepted a pass in a scoreless tie, and in 1947 he scored the winning touchdown.

Guy Gunter, fullback (1902)

His two touchdowns sparked the Gamecocks to the series' first big upset.

Andy Hastings, cornerback (1979)

With the Tigers down to one play at the USC 5-yard line, Hastings had the coverage on Clemson receiver Perry Tuttle and successfully defended the pass.

Roy Hart, defensive lineman (1987)

After surrendering a 91-yard touchdown drive, the Gamecocks limited the Tigers to 75 yards the rest of the game, thanks in large part to Hart's anchoring the defensive front.

Tony Guyton and Willie McIntee, defensive ends (1984)

Guyton and McIntee nailed Clemson quarterback Mike Eppley in the end zone for a safety in the third quarter that loomed larger and larger in a battle that went down to the wire.

Brandon Bennett, running back (1992, 94)

With the Gamecocks clinging to a four-point lead, Bennett rushed for 44 of his 93 yards on a 65-yard march to the winning touchdown in 1992. Two years later, he threw the lateral that wrecked the Tigers

Tatum Gressette, fullback (1920)

Gressette threw a 40-yard pass to Dave Robinson on a version of the "sleeper" play then kicked a 25-yard field goal for the game's only points.

Cansen Foster, defensive end (1896)

He recovered a fumble to set up a touchdown then scored the winning touchdown in the first meeting of the series.

Alex Waite, quarterback (1921)

He scored two touchdowns to lead the Gamecocks to their second consecutive win in the series.

Andrew Pinnock, running back (2001)

The Gamecocks led and played ball control to protect the advantage. Pinnock supplied his version of a stall offense in basketball, rushing for 55 yards in the fourth quarter to keep the Tigers' offense off the field.

Blake Edmunds, guard (1924)

A lineman's dream: Edmunds returned an interception more than 50 yards to set up the winning field goal, the game's only points.

Earl Clary, halfback (1931-32)

The player who was called the Gaffney ghost gave the Tigers nightmares, rushing for 147 yards and scoring a touchdown in 1931 and passing for a touchdown and leading the defense a year later.

Harold Mauney, quarterback (1933)

He rushed for 147 yards and passed for the game's only touchdown.

Billy Harth, quarterback (1912)

Harth returned a fumble 25 yards for a touchdown to spark the Gamecocks.

Gus Hempley, defensive end (1941)

He earned a pass from the Army to play in the game, and his defensive effort helped the Gamecocks end a seven-game losing streak in the series.

Phil Cantore, halfback (1943)

He picked up a teammate's fumble and ran 70 yards for the game-breaking score. Later, he set up a touchdown with a 31-yard run.

Leon Cunningham, linebacker (1952)

He led the Gamecocks' defense, which blanked the Tigers and limited Clemson to five first downs and 103 yards.

Joe Komoroski, tackle (1964)

He was a part of the Gamecocks' goal-line stand that prevented what could have been the winning touchdown, and he recovered a third-down fumble.

Billy Stephens, safety (1951)

He recovered a fumble and returned a punt 76 yards for the touchdown that started the Gamecocks' romp.

John Saunders, fullback (1958)

He led the Gamecocks' power running game and scored a touchdown in an overpowering show against the Tigers' Sugar Bowl team.

Billy Gambrell, halfback (1961)

He rushed 14 times for 62 yards, caught five passes for 71, scored a touchdown and a two-point conversion and intercepted a pass to set up the Gamecocks' winning drive.

Bob Gunnels, linebacker (1965)

Clemson scored late to cut the Gamecocks' lead to 17-16 and attempted a 2-point conversion, but Gunnels knocked down the pass to preserve the win.

Warren Muir, fullback (1969)

He sparked the Gamecocks' ground attack with 128 yards and a touchdown.

J.R. Wilburn, end (1964-65)

He caught a 45-yard pass on the Gamecocks' winning drive in 1964 and a year later snagged a 50-yard strike that changed momentum in USC's victory.

Duce Staley, running back (1996)

Playing for the first time since injuring an ankle four weeks earlier, Staley rushed for 133 yards and two touchdowns.

Troy Hambrick, running back (1996)

A freshman, Hambrick relieved Staley long enough to rush for 135 yards and two scores. His 75-yard burst in the fourth quarter gave the Gamecocks a 17-point lead, although USC barely prevailed.

Henry Williard, end (1932)

With the game scoreless in the third quarter, Williard recovered a fumbled punt in the end zone to put the Gamecocks in front.

- Compiled by Bob Spear

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