1984 Gator Bowl
December 28, 1984 Jacksonville, Florida 82,138 Attendance
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.
OSU Thomas 1-yard run (Roach kick); (12 plays, 69 yards, TOP 5:19); 8:16
OSU Hilger 6-yard pass from Thomas (kick failed) (15 plays, 74 yards, TOP 5:16); 9:39
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
OSU Hanna 25-yard pass from Hilger (Harris pass from Hilger) (11 plays, 88 yards, 2:37); 1:04
|Net Yards Rushing||165||104|
|Net Passing Yards||211||194|
|Total Offense Yards||376||298|
|Total Offense Plays||85||63|
|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.