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1969 Peach Bowl


December 30, 1969 • Atlanta, Georgia • 48,452 Attendance


Team1st2nd3rd4thFinal
West Virginia 7 0 6 7 14
South Carolina 0 3 0 0 3

South Carolina's second bowl game, the first in 24 years, was a defensive battle. West Virginia and South Carolina combined for just 17 points and once again the Gamecocks came out on the short end of the scoring, 14-3.

South Carolina came into the second annual Peach Bowl game with a nifty 7-3 record and an Atlantic Coast Conference championship under its belt. The seven victories marked the most wins by a Carolina team since the 1958 unit.

West Virginia scored on its first possession of the game. Following a short Gamecock punt, the Mountaineers set up shop on their own 34-yard line. They marched 66 yards in 10 plays capped by Gresham's 10-yard run to go up 7-0.

Carolina threatened to score late in the first half. Quarterback Tommy Suggs passed the team down the field and had a first-and-goal at the West Virginia 10 before a fumble thwarted the drive.

But a West Virginia fumble of a punt set up a score just before the half and place kicker Bill DuPre booted through a 37-yard kick to get on the board.

Neither team could put points on the scoreboard in the third quarter. The fourth quarter saw the Gamecocks mount one serious drive that was stalled by a pass interception. West Virginia scored the final touchdown thanks to another pass interception, scoring with just 23 seconds left in the game.

Williams rushed for 208 yards on 35 carries to account for most of the offense for the Mountaineers.

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter
WV Gresham 10-yard run (Braxton kick)

2nd Quarter
USC DuPre 37-yard field goal

4th Quarter
WV Braxton 1-yard run (Braxton kick)

Game Statistics


  WVU USC
First Downs 21 11
Net Yards Rushing 356 64
Rushing Attempts 79 38
Net Passing Yards 3 126
  Cmp.-Att.-Int. 1-3-0 11-23-2
Total Offense Yards 359 190
Fumbles: No.-Lost 6-3 1-1
Punts: No.-Yards 4-104 6-236
Punt Average 26.0 39.3
Penalties: No.-Yards 2-30 5-65

South Carolina Statistics

Passing: Suggs 17-9-1-98; Yoakum 6-2-1-28.

Rushing: Muir 18-52; Holloman 7-18; Yoakum 2-10; Suggs 11-(-16).

Receiving: Holloman 5-33; Hamrick 4-64; Muir 2-29.

 

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