South Carolina–Texas A&M football rivalry

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Bonham Trophy
First meetingAugust 28, 2014
Texas A&M 52, South Carolina 28
Latest meetingNovember 16, 2019
Texas A&M 30, South Carolina 6
Next meetingOctober 24, 2020
TrophyBonham Trophy
Statistics
Meetings total6
All-time seriesTexas A&M leads, 6–0
Largest victoryTexas A&M, 52–28 (2014)
Longest win streakTexas A&M, 6 (2014–present)
Current win streakTexas A&M, 6 (2014–present)

The South Carolina–Texas A&M football rivalry is an American college football rivalry between the South Carolina Gamecocks and Texas A&M Aggies. The game is also known as the Battle for the Bonham Trophy.[1] The series started in 2014 and many fans did not know there was a rotating trophy.[2][3] There have been six meetings between the two teams.

History[edit]

This is a protected permanent cross-divisional rivalry game in the SEC. This rivalry game was started because of the expansion of the conference in 2012, which added the Missouri Tigers and Texas A&M Aggies. For the first two years Texas A&M played Missouri as their cross-divisional rival since both came from the Big 12 Conference, but in 2014 it was announced that Arkansas would become Missouri's new permanent rival and Texas A&M would then play South Carolina.[4]

Bonham Trophy[edit]

The trophy is named after James Butler Bonham, who was a South Carolina native and graduate of South Carolina College which is the prior name to the University of South Carolina. Bonham fought and died in the Battle of the Alamo which is why he became the missing link between the two schools to play for. The trophy has been housed in the Alamo since its creation due to the fact that the Aggies have not yet lost a game.[5]

Game results[edit]

South Carolina victoriesTexas A&M victories
No.DateLocationWinnerScore
1 August 28, 2014 Columbia, SC #21 Texas A&M 52–28
2 October 31, 2015 College Station, TX Texas A&M 35–28
3 October 1, 2016 Columbia, SC #9 Texas A&M 24–13
4 September 30, 2017 College Station, TX Texas A&M 24–17
5 October 13, 2018 Columbia, SC #22 Texas A&M 26–23
6 November 16, 2019 College Station, TX Texas A&M 30–6
Series: Texas A&M leads 6–0

Notable games[edit]

2014: first meeting[edit]

There were many firsts for this first meeting. Firstly, it was the first meeting between the new cross-division rivals. Secondly, it was the first game of the season where both teams had lost key players to the prior draft. For South Carolina they lost their star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and several others and Texas A&M lost their Heisman quarterback Johnny Manziel.[6] The 2014 game, was also the first live programming for the SEC Network.[7] Kenny Hill set the school record at Texas A&M, with 511 passing yards in a single game and led the No. 21 Aggies to a 52–28 upset win against No. 9 South Carolina.[8] The loss of the Gamecocks was their first home loss since 2011.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brent Zwerneman. "Aggies Extra Points: Texas A&M 26, South Carolina 23". houstonchronicle.com. Houston Chronicle. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  2. ^ "Texas A&M and South Carolina are playing for a trophy neither side knew existed -- until now". October 11, 2018.
  3. ^ "Aggies Mailbag: Throw out the records when the 'Bonham' rears its head". The Houston Chronicle. October 12, 2018.
  4. ^ "Texas A&M vs. South Carolina: A historic rivalry in the works". September 30, 2016.
  5. ^ "Bonham Trophy has been hanging out at the Alamo". The Eagle. October 13, 2018.
  6. ^ Kevin Trahan (August 28, 2014). "3 things we learned from A&M's win over Carolina". SB Nation.
  7. ^ "SEC Network Guide: Channel numbers, USC features, and more". The State.com. 2014-08-13. Retrieved 2019-01-04.
  8. ^ "No Johnny? No problem: Texas A&M throttles South Carolina in opener". Sports Illustrated. 2014-08-29. Retrieved 2019-01-04.
  9. ^ "Kenny Hill breaks Manziel passing mark in ending S. Carolina streak". ESPN. 2014-08-29. Retrieved 2019-01-04.