Gamecock fans give warm welcome as team returns home

Published: Jan. 3, 2012 at 9:59 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 13, 2012 at 10:00 PM EST
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The Gamecocks are back in town and celebrating a bowl win, along with their first 11 win season.

On Tuesday, fans lined up at the Williams Brice Stadium to welcome the Gamecocks home from Orlando after their win against Nebraska.

Fans were smiling ear to ear, as the Gamecocks arrived fresh off their 30-13 win over Nebraska. Monday's victory marks the first 11 win season in Gamecock history.

Quarterback Connor Shaw says it's been a tough season, but worth the fight to finish on top.

"These fans have been waiting a long time and this is why coach Spurrier came here to coach and why our players came here to play and it's huge for this program," said Shaw.

Fans like Sheri Whatley waited in the cold for the team for over an hour to greet them.

"I just wanted to thank the players," said Whatley. "I wanted to thank coach Spurrier, I wanted them to know how much we appreciated their efforts because what they did is not an easy task."

Monday night's game was especially bittersweet for senior defensive end Bryon McKnight, who's sad to say goodbye, but couldn't be happier about the last game of his college career

"It feels good to end it with a positive note and give the guys next year motivation to push for twelve wins," said McKnight.

The Gamecocks will start training again this spring for next season.

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