Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- While many faithful Gamecocks made the trip to see their team play at Sanford Stadium, many had to settle with watching it on TV.
More than 1,000 students and numerous fans traveled to Athens to cheer on their Gamecocks.
But some people were stuck at home, many for the same reason.
"No car to get there and didn't want to buy tickets," said freshman Meghan Woods.
"I don't have a car so it's going to be difficult getting to Athens from here walking or taking a bike or something," freshman John Kennedy said.
"I didn't think it was going to sell out so quickly and it did. And then I went on Stub Hub and the tickets were ridiculously expensive and I was like I can see the game better on TV," freshman Dalton Abel said.
But USC catered to those who just couldn't leave by throwing a good old fashioned tailgate.
"Food is good always. And cornhole! Who doesn't love cornhole," Abel said.
"We're already trying to do this at our house. Getting our chips, spending our money to try to celebrate Gamecock nation. And I love that they are being a part of Gamecock nation, helping us do what we usually do anyway," Junior Shaquile Hester said.
One student thinks this is better than being at the game.
"What's a better way to watch it than in a safe environment where you don't have to worry about any underage drinking, anybody getting too rowdy," Senior Stacey Brown said. "You're with a bunch of people who love your team as much as you do."
And no matter what team the Gamecocks play, everyone's talking about Jadeveon Clowney.
"I think that they're really over criticizing him. I was at the game, it was 95 degrees, he'd been sick," Freshman Zach Goldsby said.
USC takes on Vanderbilt next. Kickoff will be at 7 p.m.