The Auburn Tigers travel to Columbia for the first time in 9 years Saturday to play the South Carolina Gamecocks.
The history of Auburn vs. South Carolina goes back to 1930, when the teams met for the first time at the neutral site of A.J. McClung Memorial Stadium in Columbus, Georgia. It was both team’s last games of the season, and the Tigers came out on top 25-7, finishing with a record of 3-7.
The teams faced each other for the next 3 seasons, all being played in Alabama, with the Auburn winning 13-6 in 1931, a tie of 20-20 in 1932, and a South Carolina win of 16-14 in 1933.
It would be 63 years until the two faced each other again, this time in Jordan-Hare Stadium. Coached by Terry Bowden, the Tigers came back in the fourth quarter, with Dameyune Craig scoring two rushing touchdowns, to win the game 28-24.
In SEC play, Auburn is 8-0 against South Carolina, including the 2010 SEC Championship. Coming off the “Camback,” the Tigers obliterated the Gamecocks with Cam Newton scoring two rushing touchdowns and throwing for four more. Gene Chizik’s team set records for the largest margin of victory in a SEC Championship Game with 56-17 being the final score.
The last time the teams faced off was during the 2014 season in Auburn. After a parallel scoring performance in the first three quarters, the Tigers broke away after Nick Marshall rushed 9 yards for a touchdown in fourth quarter making the final score 42-35.
Saturday we will see the teams’ 13th matchup, with Auburn currently on an 8 game win streak in the series. Auburn is 2-1, coming off a close 30-28 win against Arkansas, and South Carolina is 1-2, handedly beating Vanderbilt 41-7.