Saturday, April 20, 2019

Keeping His Head Up

Lou Holtz has a word of encouragement for quarterback Dondrial Pinkins during the Gamecocks' visit to Tuscaloosa on Oct. 2, 2004.

South Carolina had lost seven times in Tuscaloosa over the years but that would change after this game. Syvelle Newton, who had been sharing time with Pinkins under center, came in to lead the Gamecocks to a 20-3 win.

USC intercepted four passes that night and Newton ran for two touchdowns.  (Photo by Travis Bell/SIDELINE CAROLINA)

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That Night We Ended the Losing Streak

It was like some kind of religious moment on Sept. 2, 2000.

Fans had to be held back until the clock hit zero. After that, they thanked the Football Gods and Lou Holtz for helping the Gamecocks end their 21-game losing streak with a victory over New Mexico State.

Both field goal posts fell that night. One ended up in Five Points a few hours later after fans walked with it in hand up Assembly street and over to Harden.

(Photo by Travis Bell/SIDELINE CAROLINA)

"I've never seen a celebration go on so long after a win at Williams-Brice. Lou Holtz became a hero that night."

-Travis Bell

That 4th-and-1 Alabama Fumble in 2001

On a 3rd-and-1 play on the South Carolina 1-yard-line, Gamecock Kenny Harney forced Alabama's Ahmad Galloway to fumble the ball. The Tide would recover but USC's defense limited Alabama to a field goal on the series.

Holding Bama to just 3 points paid off as the Gamecocks won the game 37-36.

The field goal post in the north end zone would come tumbling down on that Sept. 29, 2001 day.

(Photo by Travis Bell/SIDELINE CAROLINA)

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Photo Tips is a journey through years of South Carolina sports moments but it's also a place where you can learn how to improve your sports photography skills.

Look for this camera image below photographs to learn photo tips that will help you capture fleeting moments.

Don't Score Until You See the Whites of Their Eyes

On a cold day in Tampa, one player decided to warm it up.

Here, former Ohio Mr. Football Ryan Brewer stares down the Ohio State defense as he crosses the goal line during the fourth quarter for one of this three touchdowns during the 2001 Outback Bowl.

Brewer rushed for over 100 yards, had over 200 all-purpose yards and was named the bowl's MVP.

One has to wonder what Ohio State head coach John Cooper was thinking at this point. Cooper did not recruit Brewer, who was the state of Ohio's all-time leading rusher in high school.

The Gamecocks won 24-7.  (Photo by Travis Bell/SIDELINE CAROLINA)

PHOTO TIP: See that 21 with the word Carolina on Brewer's jersey? That's the area where you want to aim the auto focus point on your camera. Auto focus systems need details to track the subject. The more details, the faster the auto focus works for you.

Friday, April 19, 2019

Leaving His Mark

He threw for 311 yards and 4 touchdowns against Kentucky on Oct. 8, 2011. 

Here, Connor Shaw, who ranks first in career completion percentage, unloads a pass to Alshon Jeffery in Columbia. 

Jeffery caught 2 touchdowns that day, which saw the Gamecocks win 54-3.

(Photo by Travis Bell/SIDELINE CAROLINA)

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PHOTO TIP: Don't count on photographs like these happening the first time you try. This image is the result of going to a specific spot over the span of 3 seasons and waiting for the QB to finally throw a pass from the SEC logo. 

That's Five in a Row

Nov. 30, 2013 was a night to remember.

With the win, Connor Shaw completed his home career a perfect 17-0,  No. 10 South Carolina beat Clemson 5 years straight and it took Steve Spurrier a long time to get the Gatorade off of his visor.

Here, the HBC is carried off the field after the 31-17 victory over the No. 6 Tigers.

Spurrier wasn't a big fan of the Gatorade bath, but we don't think he minded so much that night.

(Photo by Travis Bell/SIDELINE CAROLINA)

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PHOTO TIP Whether you're shooting little league or pro, if the team you're covering starts winning a lot and you find yourself shooting Gatorade baths, it's a good idea to use a an older lens. Hang on to that wide angle lens that's gotten old and may not be as sharp as it used to be but can still get the job done. You'll thank yourself the next week when your newer lens can be used for assignments and your old lens goes off to repair instead.

Let's Start Things Off With a Bang!

It was a colossal-style hit.

Clemson's Andre Ellington turned the corner with an NFL-style burst but Gamecock D.J. Swearinger leveled Ellington with a savage blow during the rivalry game on Nov. 24, 2012 in Clemson.

It was the fourth-straight win for South Carolina over Clemson. (Photo by Travis Bell/SIDELINE CAROLINA)

Gamecoccks   24
Tigers.             17

"I'd rank this hit No. 2 all time behind Clowney's tackle on Michigan. Ellington had all the momentum but Swearinger hit him so hard, Ellington looked like a pinball bouncing back off the bumper."

-Travis Bell