One of the more anticipated bowl games of the year was not exactly for what would take place on the field. Instead, it was about what would happen after the final whistle in Charlotte at the Duke’s Mayo Bowl. North Carolina and South Carolina were set to meet early Thursday morning with some extra stakes for coaches Mack Brown and Shane Beamer.
The two agreed to a bet that the winning coach would be doused in mayonnaise with a $10,000 donation to the charity of their choice from the presenting sponsor. After the Gamecocks beat the Tar Heels 38-21, the winning ceremony for Beamer featured the highly-anticipated mayonnaise bath, which saw him covered in a healthy heaping of Duke’s mayonnaise.
Beamer’s mayo bath put an exclamation point on an emphatic finish to the battle of the Carolinas, which was firmly controlled by the Gamecocks from start to finish. South Carolina raced out to a 15-0 lead thanks to two long touchdown passes before completely controlling the game on the ground, running all over the Tar Heels to the tune of 301 yards .
South Carolina’s victory in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl put a bow on what was a strong first season for Beamer as the Gamecocks’ coach. After inheriting a 2-8 team, Beamer coached South Carolina to a 6-6 record that featured wins over both Florida and Auburn in SEC competition. The Gamecocks’ accomplishments came with three different quarterbacks — Zeb Noland, Luke Doty, and Jason Brown — starting games.