South Carolina will host Marshall in a 2018 football game, the Thundering Herd announced Friday on their website. USC confirmed the news later in the day.
Marshall, which will receive $1.4 million from the Gamecocks for the game, according to the school, will play in Williams-Brice Stadium on Sept. 15.
“We’re excited to play an SEC school, especially one that is in a fertile recruiting ground for our program and within driving distance for our fans,” Marshall athletics director Mike Hamrick said in a statement released by the school. “We had an opportunity to play a game of this caliber in 2018 and it was too good to pass up.”
The game would be only the second meeting between the schools. South Carolina lost to Marshall 24-21 in 1998 in Williams-Brice Stadium. The Gamecocks haven’t announced any other nonconference games for the 2018 season, although they play Clemson every season.
The Thundering Herd finished the 2015 season 10-3, beating UConn 16-10 in the St. Petersburg Bowl.
The game will mark the second gridiron meeting between the two schools. Marshall came to Columbia on Sept. 19, 1998 and handed the Gamecocks a 24-21 setback.
The Gamecocks out of conference this season face Clemson, East Carolina, Western Carolina and UMass.
South Carolina’s three known nonconference foes for 2017 are N.C. State, Louisiana Tech and Clemson.