Gamecocks quarterback Dylan Thompson (17) reacts after he threw the game winning touchdown against the Michigan Wolverines. (Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports)
Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Add another "first" in program history to USC's list.
The Gamecocks have had their highest-ever finish in the final college football polls.
USC wound up 7th in the USA TODAY Sports/Coaches poll, and 8th in the Associated Press. That's a spot higher than their finish at the end of last season.
"I'm very proud of our team and what we accomplished this season," said head coach Steve Spurrier in a written statement. "We are obviously thrilled to be ranked one spot better than we were last year and the highest in school history. Much of the credit goes to our seniors, especially the leadership provided by our captains - D.J. Swearinger, T.J. Johnson, Justice Cunningham and Shaq Wilson - which was instrumental in our success. We lose a lot of outstanding players but have a good nucleus returning for next season," continued the Head Ball Coach. "Our goals will be just as high. Our No. 1 goal is to win the SEC Championship and we'll try to accomplish that next season."
USC ended the season with an 11-2 record. It was the second-straight season the Gamecocks won 11 games, after having never won that many in program history.
The team also beat Clemson for the fourth straight year, the first time they'd done that since the early 1950s. They also defeated Georgia for the third straight time, which is the first time that had happened in that rivalry.
USC has recorded the most wins in two- (22), three- (31) and four- (38) consecutive seasons in school history.