Top 10 'Oh, So Close' Games of the Last 20 Years; #8: 2000 vs. South Carolina

South Carolina was 0-11 in 1999. Mississippi State was 10-2. But in Lou Holtz’ 2nd year in Columbia he turned them around. He snapped their 21-game losing streak in the first game of the year, then beat #9 Georgia in Week 2. Coming into this game vs. #25 MSU they were undefeated at 3-0.

The Gamecocks’ starting quarterback, Phil Petty was injured late in the 4th quarter down 19-13. The very next play (4th & 10) they bring in their backup QB to do this…

There was plenty of time left after this, but State fumbled the kickoff and USC kicked a field goal to make it 23-19. Still, it looked like MSU could come back as Wayne Madkin completed a pass inside the Gamecock 15 yard line only to have it called back for being over the line of scrimmage when he threw it. South Carolina held on for the 23-19 win.

Mississippi State rebounded nicely, however, and beat #3 Florida and #15 Auburn at Scott Field the next two weeks. USC went on to a 8-4 season with a Outback Bowl win over Ohio State.