|1980 South Carolina Gamecocks football|
|Home stadium||Williams-Brice Stadium|
|1980 NCAA Division I-A independents football records|
|No. 2 Pittsburgh||–||–||11||–||1||–||0|
|No. 5 Florida State||–||–||10||–||2||–||0|
|No. 8 Penn State||–||–||10||–||2||–||0|
|No. 9 Notre Dame||–||–||9||–||2||–||1|
|No. 18 Miami (FL)||–||–||9||–||3||–||0|
|North Texas State||–||–||6||–||5||–||0|
|William & Mary||–||–||2||–||9||–||0|
|Rankings from AP Poll|
The 1980 South Carolina Gamecocks football team represented the University of South Carolina in the 1980 NCAA Division I-A football season, and they competed as a Division I-A Independent. The team was led by head coach Jim Carlen, in his 6th year, and played their home games at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, South Carolina. They finished the season with a record of eight wins and four losses (8–4 overall) and with a loss in the Gator Bowl against Pittsburgh.
In 1980, the South Carolina Gamecocks returned with plenty of talent, which was headlined by senior running back and Heisman candidate George Rogers. His 1,781 yards was the best in the nation and earned him a spot as a finalist for the Heisman Trophy. The Downtown Athletic Club in New York City named Rogers as the winner of the 1980 Heisman Trophy. Rogers beat out an impressive group of players, including Pittsburgh defensive lineman Hugh Green and Georgia running back Herschel Walker. Rogers also earned spots on eight All-America teams, all First Team honors.
Rogers had his number "38" retired during halftime ceremonies at South Carolina's final 1980 home game. He was the first University of South Carolina player to have his jersey retired while still active at the school.
Rogers left the Gamecock football program as its most successful running back, and many of his records remain after all these years. His 5,204 yards is still the highest career total by any Gamecock running back, and his 31 rushing touchdowns is tied with Harold Green for second place behind Marcus Lattimore. He is second on the all-time points scored list with 202. He also gained more than 100 yards in each of his final 22 college games.
|September 6||Pacific||W 37–0||56,211|
|September 13||Wichita State||W 73–0||55,761|||
|September 20||at No. 4 USC||No. 20||WOLO||L 13–23||58,385|
|September 27||at No. 17 Michigan||W 17–14||104,213|
|October 4||NC State||No. 18||W 30–10||56,581|
|October 11||Duke||No. 17||W 20–7||56,451|
|October 18||Cincinnati||No. 15||W 49–7||56,599|
|November 1||at No. 4 Georgia||No. 14||ABC||L 10–13||62,200|
|November 8||The Citadel||No. 15||W 45–24||55,937|
|November 15||Wake Forest||No. 14||W 39–38||55,583|
|November 22||at Clemson||No. 14||L 6–27||64,200|||
|December 29||vs. No. 3 Pittsburgh||No. 18||ABC||L 9–37||72,287|
|1980 South Carolina Gamecocks football team roster|
Team players in the NFL
|George Rogers||Running Back||1||1||New Orleans Saints|
Awards and honors
- "S.C.'s Rogers runs off with Heisman Trophy". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Google News Archives. Associated Press. December 6, 1980. p. 11. Retrieved June 22, 2012.
- National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). Award Winners (PDF). 2011 NCAA Division I Football Records. NCAA.org. Retrieved June 23, 2012.
- "Gamecocks shock Wichita State 73–0". The Charlotte Observer. September 14, 1980. Retrieved February 23, 2021 – via Newspapers.com. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Clemson Shocks Carolina, 27-6". The Times and Democrat. November 23, 1980. p. 1B – via Newspapers.com.
- 2011 South Carolina Football Media Guide (PDF). Columbia, South Carolina: University of South Carolina Athletics Media Relations Department. 2011. p. 133. Retrieved June 23, 2012.
- "1981 NFL Draft". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved June 23, 2012.