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"It was good to get a win when everybody watches," Spurrier said. "It was good for all Gamecocks."
The Gamecocks jumped around when the game ended, celebrating a victory these players had never enjoyed before at their own stadium. South Carolina's lone top-5 win came at North Carolina in 1981.
"It might been probably the biggest win here in forever," Garcia said. "I don't know the whole tradition here, but it's the biggest win since I've been here by far."
Snead missed six straight throws during one stretch and only once came through with a critical play. His 45-yard TD pass to Markeith Summers with under 10 minutes left in the game cut the deficit to 16-10.
South Carolina's defense had to come through after that because the offense, which controlled things much of the first three quarters, went three-and-out its final four drives.
Snead's 11-yard pass to Pat Patterson brought Ole Miss to the Gamecocks 32 with 2:55 to play. Then Nutt tried to outfox South Carolina.
A carry by Brandon Bolden out of the "Wild Rebel" package went for a yard. A double reverse to Dexter McCluster lost 4. Matthews followed with his sack of Snead before Stewart preserved the win by batting down the final pass.
"We thought we could beat them. Thought it was a toss-up game," Spurrier said. "But the way it turned out, the way our defense played, 16 points was enough."
Along with field goals of 26, 20 and 30 yards, Lanning also made a touchdown-saving tackle on Marshay Green that earned the kicker a game ball and Spurrier's praise.
"Up top, they said, 'Oh, he's gone,'" Spurrier said of Green's punt return. "Somehow, Lanning got him. Saved seven points."
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