Stephen Garcia threw three touchdowns, Marcus Lattimore scored three and Alshon Jeffery caught two on the evening of Oct. 10, 2010, when No. 19 South Carolina (4-1) shocked No. 1 Alabama (5-1) at Williams-Brice Stadium.
Bedlam ensued on the streets around the SC campus and in Five Points, where Margaret Brunson and her family watched the game.
Among them was current Gamecock linebacker T.J. Brunson, her nephew, who nodded his head with an emphatic ‘yes’ and smiled wide when asked at SEC Media Days in July if he watched that 2010 game.
“It was loud. That was the biggest thing,” he said. “It was so loud. Just seeing the crowd and the fans and everyone just go up after they won.
“The love that the fans have for the Gamecocks, it’s unreal. It’s second to none.”
It’s a love Brunson and his South Carolina (1-1) teammates will receive this Saturday when the Gamecocks take on the No. 2 Crimson Tide (2-0) at 3:30 p.m. (CBS) at Williams-Brice Stadium.
Brunson, who was 12 at the time, also remembers the ensuing celebration.
“Hearing the crowd from the stadium all the way up there, it was a really crazy day,” he said.
“You could hear the crowd and anytime the Gamecocks scored you could hear the rooster crowing,” T.J. dad Thomas Brunson said. “When they beat Alabama we were watching the game at her house. Whenever they won, we would walk down to Five Points and mingle with the crowd.”
That day was the last time the mighty Crimson Tide fell to an SEC East opponent.
South Carolina senior Bryan Edwards, a product of Conway, remembers the game as well.
“I remember Alshon Jeffery catching that one-handed with the DB draped all over him,” he said, referencing a fourth-quarter catch. “Stephen Garcia. Marcus Lattimore running the ball extremely hard. The way the defense played.
“It kind of set South Carolina on fire.”
Gamecock kicker Will Tommie, who’s from Greenwood, S.C., actually had a soccer tournament in Columbia that day and remembers hearing cheers coming from Williams-Brice Stadium.
“I could hear the fireworks going off every time the scored,” he said. “I found out after the game that they won. It was pretty cool.”
But Brunson, Edwards and Tommie know the shocking upset was nine years ago and has no influence on Saturday’s game.
“That game was a long time ago. [Alabama] knows that game happened too,” Edwards said. “We can’t look at that game and say that’s what we’re going to do. We’ve got to go out there and do our own thing and compete.”
Said Brunson, “All we can do is prepare and execute and go out and make things happen.”