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COLUMBIA, S.C. — – South Carolina tailback MarShawn Lloyd wasn’t expecting much stadium ambiance Thursday night time.
He and the Gamecocks received a bigger surprise than they could’ve imagined.
“It was awesome,” Lloyd mentioned right after South Carolina’s 50-10 victory in excess of FCS opponent South Carolina State in a activity moved up from its Saturday start off with Hurricane Ian projected to strike the Palmetto Point out.
“It felt like our followers truly cared about us and produced guaranteed they came,” Lloyd mentioned. “I wasn’t even pondering there was that substantially people today here.”
Directors at both colleges agreed to the change since of the hurricane’s approach. Ian moved by means of Florida into the Atlantic and was anticipated to re-enter land in the Palmetto Condition as a Group 1 storm Friday.
A lot of parking parts were being fifty percent-stuffed at ideal and the usual, Southeastern Convention-design and style tailgating setups ended up absent for this 1. South Carolina said 61,551 were at Williams-Brice Stadium, which lists a ability of 77,559. But the upper decks have been mostly vacant and it wasn’t a stretch to imagine only about the announced crowd arrived out.
Oklahoma transfer quarterback Spencer Rattler threw two touchdown passes and ran for a rating as the Gamecocks (3-2) scored 50 or much more points in consecutive months for the 1st time considering that 1995.
Rattler completed with 212 yards, finishing 21 of 27 passes which include a 5-property scoring strike to tailback MarShawn Lloyd and an 11-yarder to restricted conclude Austin Stogner, his teammate at Oklahoma, to support South Carolina (3-2) rout the Bulldogs (1-3).
“Which is took place a several times before,” Rattler reported about his TD move to Stogner. “I definitely had deja vu on that one.”
The Gamecocks overcame a sluggish start, such as two interceptions off Rattler’s receivers’ fingers, to take regulate in the opening 50 percent.
The Gamecocks broke as a result of on Rattler’s 1st-quarter TD toss to Lloyd, which was followed by a funky, “swinging gate” formation on a prosperous two-point conversion by defensive lineman Tonka Hemingway.
South Carolina pulled out the wishbone on its future landing, a 1-lawn handoff to multipurpose tight conclude Jaheim Bell. Rattler ran his way to a rating from 6 yards out with 37 seconds remaining in the 50 % to set Gamecocks up 22-.
South Carolina Condition of the Mid-Jap Athletic Meeting had much more penalty yards than offensive yards, 112 to 83, in the to start with 30 minutes. The Bulldogs received their only touchdown on Tyrece Nick‘s 1-garden landing run suitable after halftime, ending a drought where they had absent 3 straight quarters without the need of factors.
Nick accounted for 158 of the Bulldogs’ 220 yards of offense.
South Carolina Condition mentor Buddy Pough explained his team, which famously gained the Celebration Bowl over Jackson State and coach Deion Sanders, 31-10,very last 12 months, has not done well this time and he’s got to back to the drawing board right before their future sport.
“People today say ‘You’re 1-3, but you’re far better than that,'” Pough mentioned. “No, we’re not. We are 1/3 and we appear like it.”
South Carolina Point out: The Bulldogs experienced misplaced their previously FBS game, 56-10 at UCF to open up the period. They absolutely set up a greater displaying in their property point out – the campuses are located about 40 miles apart – and go away with $500,000 for actively playing at Williams-Brice.
South Carolina: The Gamecocks obtained their run video game likely a week back in a 56-20 gain in excess of Charlotte when they rushed for 295 yards. This time, they acquired Rattler and the passing activity on keep track of. The two will be desired when they return to SEC engage in at No. 7 Kentucky future 7 days.
South Carolina mentor Shane Beamer declared right right before kickoff that offensive line coach Greg Adkins was stepping absent from the crew briefly owing to minimal health troubles. Adkins is in his second 12 months leading the offensive line. Beamer reported offensive analyst Lonnie Teasley moved into Adkins’ function throughout the absence.
TRASH Decide on UP
South Carolina runners MarShawn Lloyd and Christian Beal-Smith went to mentor Shane Beamer about the temper of the team immediately after consecutive SEC losses to No. 20 Arkansas and No. 1 Ga earlier this month. A couple days ahead of a 56-20 acquire over Charlotte on Sept. 24, Beamer experienced trash all about the locker room. He told them to select a piece up and throw away all that was bothering them about the year so far. “Given that then, we are connecting on all cylinders,” Lloyd explained with a smile.
South Carolina State hosts Florida A&M on Oct. 8.
South Carolina returns to SEC play at No. 7 Kentucky on Oct. 8.