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Gamecocks Claim a 34-28 Victory over UMass

Oct. 22, 2016

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Score By Quarters
Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
Massachusetts (1-7) 0 14 0 14 28
South Carolina (3-4) 14 13 7 0 34
Team Stat Comparison
1st Downs 23 21
Total Yards 389 395
Passing 247 201
Rushing 142 194
Penalties-Yards 8-77 6-67
3rd Down Conversions 8-17 6-12
4th Down Conversions 3-4 0-1
Turnovers 4 2
Time of Possession 28:04 31:56
Passing Leaders
Massachusetts COM ATT YDS TD INT
Ford 20 42 247 3 2
South Carolina COM ATT YDS TD INT
Bentley 17 26 201 2 0
Rushing Leaders
Massachusetts CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Young 28 123 4.4 0 16
Lindsay 2 8 4.0 0 7
South Carolina CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Dowdle 16 87 5.4 1 16
Williams 15 69 4.6 2 33
Receiving Leaders
Massachusetts REC YDS AVG TD LG
Breneman 9 94 10.4 2 18
Isabella 5 37 7.4 0 12
South Carolina REC YDS AVG TD LG
Samuel 8 106 13.3 0 47
Edwards 3 42 14.0 1 24
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter UM SC
TD 12:19 Dowdle 1 yd RUSH PAT KICK by Fry (GOOD) 0 7
TD 08:58 Williams 1 yd RUSH PAT KICK by Fry (GOOD) 0 14
2nd Quarter UM SC
TD 14:53 Breneman 14 yd PASS from Ford PAT KICK by Caggiano (GOOD) 7 14
TD 07:18 Crosby 16 yd PASS from Jake Bentley PAT PASS by Fry (FAIL) 7 20
TD 03:45 Edwards 24 yd PASS from Jake Bentley PAT KICK by Fry (GOOD) 7 27
TD 03:22 Williams 74 yd PASS from Ford PAT KICK by Caggiano (GOOD) 14 27
3rd Quarter UM SC
TD 07:53 Williams 1 yd RUSH PAT KICK by Fry (GOOD) 14 34
4th Quarter UM SC
TD 09:59 Ford 8 yd RUSH PAT KICK by Caggiano (GOOD) 21 34
TD 04:32 Breneman 18 yd PASS from Ford PAT KICK by Caggiano (GOOD) 28 34

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina (3-4), led by freshman quarterback Jake Bentley in his first career start, captured a 34-28 win over UMass (1-7) on Saturday afternoon at Williams-Brice Stadium.

The Gamecocks jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter after two one-yard touchdown runs from freshman Rico Dowdle and junior David Williams. The Minutemen answered seven seconds into the second quarter, as Andrew Ford hit Adam Breneman for a 14-yard scoring pass.

Bentley tossed two TD passes in the second quarter, finding sophomore K.C. Crosby on a 16-yard strike before completing a 24-yard pass to freshman Bryan Edwards to put the score to 27-7. Bentley completed 13 of 21 passes in the first half for 168 yards and the two scores.

UMass followed the Edwards completion with a 74-yard streak from Ford to Jalen Williams to close the gap to 27-14 just before halftime. The Gamecocks held UMass to 213 yards in the first half and collected three turnovers from the Minutemen, picking up two fumbles and making one interception.

South Carolina took advantage of a short UMass punt for its fifth touchdown drive. Williams punched in his second score of the game from one yard out to make it 34-14. The Minutemen answered with 10 minutes to go in the game as Ford ran one in from eight yards out.

A 15-play, 74-yard drive late in the fourth quarter, capped by Ford's 18-yard pass to Breneman, drew UMass to within a score at 34-28. But the Gamecocks strung together four first downs, two on UMass pass-interference flags, to keep the Minutemen from getting another chance with the ball.


The Gamecocks capitalized on four UMass turnovers to score 13 points and lead to the victory.


Bentley went 17-for-26 for 201 yards and two touchdowns to get the victory.


The Gamecocks ran for a season-high 194 yards, led by Dowdle's 87 yards on 16 carries, a career best.

Williams' two TD runs were his first two this season. He carried the ball 15 times for 69 yards, also a season high.

Sophomore Deebo Samuel reeled in eight passes for 106 yards, both career bests. He also ran twice for 31 yards.

The Gamecock offense converted half of its third-down chances (6-of-12).

Junior D.J. Smith made a career-best 12 stops, 10 of them solo, in the victory.

Junior Bryson Allen-Williams made nine tackles, including matching his career high with 2.5 tackles for loss.

Senior T.J. Holloman had six tackles, one interception, one pass break-up, one quarterback hurry and one forced fumble.

Junior Jamarcus King had three pass break-ups in the contest.

Junior Chris Lammons made his third interception of the season.

Quoting Head Coach Will Muschamp

To come


The Gamecocks host Tennessee next Saturday night at 7:15 p.m. The network showing the game will be determined on Sunday.




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