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1984 Gator Bowl


December 28, 1984 • Jacksonville, Florida • 82,138 Attendance


Team1st2nd3rd4thFinal
Oklahoma State 7 6 0 8 21
South Carolina 0 0 14 0 14

Seventh-ranked South Carolina, leading ninth-ranked Oklahoma State 14-13, allowed a final 88-yard drive for a touchdown, capped off by tight end Barry Hanna's reception for a 25-yard touchdown play.

Hanna's effort got him into the end zone, running through Gamecock defenders down the sidelines and diving over the goal line. The loss ended South Carolina's season at 10-2 -- the best record in school history.

South Carolina was plagued all night with fumbles, ending many critical drives in the first half. South Carolina was held to only 71 yards in total offense during that time while Oklahoma State built up a 13-0 lead. In less than two minutes of possession time, South Carolina took the lead 14-13. Quinton Lewis threw for a 24-yard touchdown to Chris Wade and minutes later quarterback Mike Hold fired a 57-yard touchdown pass to wide out Ira Hillary for the go-ahead score. But, the Gamecock defense, which had been on the field most of the night, could not hold off a fourth quarter Cowboy rally.

The Gamecocks were dominated in nearly every category and perhaps in the most crucial department, fumbles as well. South Carolina fumbled six times, losing three of them, including an early fumble that stopped a South Carolina drive inside the Cowboy 25-yard line.

South Carolina finished the season ranked 11th in the Associated Press poll and 13th in the United Press International poll. But, USC was Top 10 according to Sports Illustrated, USA Today, The Sporting News, ESPN, Football News and the Cable News Network.

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter
OSU Thomas 1-yard run (Roach kick); (12 plays, 69 yards, TOP 5:19); 8:16

2nd Quarter
OSU Hilger 6-yard pass from Thomas (kick failed) (15 plays, 74 yards, TOP 5:16); 9:39

3rd Quarter
USC Wade 24-yard pass from Q. Lewis (Hagler kick) (4 plays, 71 yards, TOP 0:56); 7:36
USC Hillary 57-yard pass from Hold (Hagler kick) (2 plays, 77 yards, TOP 0:40); 2:44

4th Quarter
OSU Hanna 25-yard pass from Hilger (Harris pass from Hilger) (11 plays, 88 yards, 2:37); 1:04

Game Statistics


  OSU USC
First Downs 21 15
Net Yards Rushing 165 104
Rushing Attempts 43 42
Net Passing Yards 211 194
  Cmp.-Att.-Int. 25-42-1 8-21-1
Total Offense Yards 376 298
Total Offense Plays 85 63
Fumbles: No.-Lost 2-0 6-3
Penalties: No.-Yards 3-21 5-38
Punts: No.-Yards 5-177 7-292
Punt Average 35.4 41.7
Possession Time 34:28 25:32
Third Down Conversions 9-18 7-17

South Carolina Statistics

Passing: Hold 20-7-1-170; Lewis 1-1-0-23.

Rushing: Lewis 6-36; Hold 18-33; Dewey 13-20; Smith 2-12; Brown 3-3.

Receiving: Hillary 2-75; Poole 1-45; Wade 1-24; Corley 1-14; Dendy 1-14; Bacon 1-12.

Tackle Leaders: Seawright 15; Vogel 12; Hill 11, McIntee 7.

 

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