BOONE, N.C. – Appalachian State and South Carolina have agreed on a three-game football series beginning in 2019, App State Director of Athletics Doug Gillin announced Thursday.
The Mountaineers will travel to Columbia, S.C., to face the Gamecocks on Nov. 9, 2019. South Carolina will visit Kidd Brewer Stadium in Boone on Sept. 20, 2025, while the final game of the series will be played in Columbia in 2027.
App State-South Carolina Football Series Game Dates
Game 1: Nov. 9, 2019 (Columbia, S.C. – Williams-Brice Stadium)
Game 2: Sept. 20, 2025 (Boone, N.C. – Kidd Brewer Stadium)
Game 3: 2027 (Columbia, S.C. – Williams-Brice Stadium)
The Gamecocks’ visit to Boone in 2025 represents the first scheduled contest against a Southeastern Conference team in Kidd Brewer Stadium history. App State has previously hosted Power Five teams from the Atlantic Coast Conference in Miami (2016) and Wake Forest (2017), with a future home game scheduled vs. North Carolina (2022).
“This is an exciting announcement for Appalachian State Athletics, and I want to thank Ray Tanner and the South Carolina administration for working with us to make this series a reality,” Gillin said. “Being able to visit a great venue in Williams-Brice Stadium and hosting South Carolina at The Rock for the first time is a great opportunity for our fans and supporters. Adding a multi-game series against one of the country’s finest baseball programs is another great opportunity for our student-athletes and university.”
App State, which has won three straight bowl games and claimed back-to-back Sun Belt Conference championships, has faced seven opponents from Power Five conferences in head coach Scott Satterfield’s first five seasons. It is now set to play at least one game against a Power Five team in each of the next eight seasons, starting with a 2018 visit to Penn State on Sept. 1.
South Carolina will be the latest SEC opponent for the Mountaineers, following recent trips to Tennessee in 2016 and Georgia last year. App State is also scheduled to visit Texas A&M in 2022. The Mountaineers have played seven games all-time against SEC opponents, dating back to a 1999 trip to Auburn.
The Mountaineers and Gamecocks actually met on the gridiron nine times between 1972-88, all before South Carolina was a member of the SEC. Appalachian is 1-8 in the series, with a 39-34 win in 1975. All nine previous meetings were held at Williams-Brice Stadium.
South Carolina, under the direction of head coach Will Muschamp, is coming off a 9-4 campaign that included a 26-19 win over Michigan in the Outback Bowl. Muschamp has led the Gamecocks to a bowl berth in each of his first two seasons at the helm.
The Mountaineers’ 2019 nonconference schedule is now complete. They will open with consecutive home games against East Tennessee State (Aug. 31) and Charlotte (Sept. 7) before a Sept. 21 road date at North Carolina and the Nov. 9 meeting at South Carolina.
The deal also includes a six-year baseball series between the Mountaineers and Gamecocks that will alternate between Charlotte and Columbia. The South Carolina baseball team won national titles in 2010 and 2011 and has earned 11 College World Series appearances all-time.
To be part of the tradition of a program that has built upon three straight Division I-AA national titles from 2005-07 by becoming the first school to ever win bowl games in each of its first three seasons eligible, fans can renew or purchase 2018 football season tickets at AppStateSports.com/FootballTradition. Make sure to take advantage of special incentives by renewing or purchasing early.