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University of Missouri

Getting Cocky

The Tigers host South Carolina for Mizzou Homecoming’s 102nd anniversary.

Mizzou traveled to Columbia, S.C., for its first Southeastern Conference road game in 2012. The southern town with the familiar name was hospitable, but the Gamecocks weren’t as friendly, handing the Tigers a 31–10 loss.

No. 20 South Carolina (5–2) travels to CoMo for Mizzou’s century‐old Homecoming tradition Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013. The Tigers are 7–0, No. 5 in the Associated Press Top 25 poll and Bowl Championship System rankings and in first place in the SEC East Division.

Williams-Brice Stadium

First constructed in 1934, Williams‐Brice Stadium has a seating capacity of 80,250.

The universities of Missouri and South Carolina have more in common than hometown moniker, starting with gorgeous campuses. Read up on our division mates’ bragging points below. — Marcus Wilkins

Founded: 1801, 25 years after the Revolutionary War; public flagship institution

Enrollment: 32,848 (24,994 undergraduate)

President: Harris Pastides

Size: 206 buildings, 570 acres, main campus; 324 degree programs through 16 colleges and schools; five libraries; one museum; four cancer research centers; three affiliated hospitals and 12 specialty clinics staffed by faculty physicians; eight regional campuses, four of which offer associate degrees

McKissick Museum

McKissick Museum was established in 1976 by the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees to bring together object collections dating to 1801 housed in various departments and colleges.

Pride: USC is home to the nation’s only Industry/University Cooperative Research Center for Fuel Cells funded by the National Science Foundation. General Motors, Boeing and John Deere are among the center’s partners.

Community: Columbia, S.C., population 131,686; state capital; located near the center of the state at the confluence of two rivers, the Saluda and the Broad, which forms the Congaree River; Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto passed through the area in 1540

Colors: Garnet and black

Cocky

Cocky, the University of South Carolina’s mascot, won the 2009 National Cheerleading Association Mascot National Championship.

Mascot: Cocky the Gamecock (costumed) and Sir Big Spur (live rooster)

Did you know? Architect Robert Mills, who drew the original plans for the Washington Monument and helped build the White House, designed the South Caroliniana Library, the nation’s first freestanding college library.

Campus Treasure: USC’s 11 original buildings, located in the historic Horseshoe area of campus, survived a fire, an earthquake and the Civil War. Today there are 71 university buildings on the National Register of Historic Places.

Traditions:
The Cockaboose Railroad, a string of 22 cabooses tricked out with tailgating amenities, sits outside Williams‐Brice Stadium.

During the annual First Night Carolina event, freshmen participate in a stadium run through the smoke tunnel onto the field, just like the football players before the start of home games.

Strom Fitness Center

The Strom Thurmond Wellness and Fitness Center is named after the late U.S. senator from South Carolina.