By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Thursday Sept 4, 2008
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Chris Nickson threw for a touchdown and
ran for another and Vanderbilt finally beat a ranked opponent on
its own field Thursday night, upsetting No. 24 South Carolina 24-17
in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.

Vanderbilt (2-0) had made it a habit of knocking off SEC teams
on the road with victories at Arkansas and Tennessee in 2005, an
upset of then-No. 22 Georgia in 2006 and even pulled off the
biggest victory in more than 70 years by downing then-No. 6 South
Carolina last October. But the Commodores hadn't upset a ranked team in Vanderbilt Stadium since Sept. 19, 1992, a 31-9 win over then-No. 25
Mississippi 31-9.

This win was very sweet for Vanderbilt, which lost its first 14
games against Steve Spurrier as he coached Duke, Florida and South
Carolina. Now the Commodores have won two straight against the ol'
ball coach.

South Carolina (1-1) had survived four interceptions in shutting
out North Carolina State 34-0 last week. The Gamecocks couldn't
escape their mistakes against Vanderbilt.

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