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Second Half Reboot

As Williams-Brice Stadium suffered from a power outage to start the game, the South Carolina offense struggled with a power outage of its own on Saturday night.

Playing sluggish throughout the opening half, the Gamecocks managed just 149 yards of offense.  Quarterback Stephen Garcia was 7-of-11 for 44 yards as the offense couldn’t find a way to get in sync. Only a solid defensive effort by the South Carolina defense kept the score to just 10-7 at the break.

“It was pretty similar to the FAU game – very close at halftime,” said Coach Steve Spurrier. “South Carolina State is a good football team and they played with us, probably played better than us in the first half.  We weren’t playing very well.”

Garcia echoed Spurrier’s comments.

“We just came out flat,” he said. “That’s not the way we need to play. We talk about “New Carolina” and all that, but we need to come out with more fire and intensity.”

Just as the stadium power issue was resolved at halftime (South Carolina Electric & Gas’ power blew a fuse and affected a number of areas of the stadium, including the television feed), the Gamecock offense readjusted in the locker room and came out with a strong second half.  The Gamecocks scored 28 second half points to turn a tight game into a 38-14 result.  South Carolina picked up 377 total yards, 228 in the second half. Garcia was 6-of-8 for 88 yards and had two touchdowns in the half.

“[Garcia] made some of the best throws since he’s been here,” said Spurrier. “When your quarterback makes good throws and your receivers run good routes, you look pretty good.”

Wide receiver Moe Brown had six catches for 100 yards and two touchdowns for what Spurrier said was his “best half ever as a Gamecock.”

“He atoned for that fumble he had in the first half,” said Garcia. “He ran some great routes tonight.”

Even though none of the running backs broke the century mark tonight, all three backs averaged over six yards per carry.  Jarvis Giles led the way with 11 carries for 74 yards, Kenny Miles had 10 carries for 60 yards and Brian Maddox carried it 7 times for 46 yards.

“Jarvis and Kenny are very explosive backs and Brian Maddox is an excellent blocker, carries the ball very well and he’s tough to bring down,” said Garcia “It’s very good to have a combination like that.”

Spurrier and Garcia were both impressed by the quality of the South Carolina State team.

“They are a talented team, very fast,” said Garcia. “It just took us a half to realize it.”

“It was a good, solid, hard-earned victory,” said Spurrier. “We’re glad it’s over and we wish South Carolina State the best.  We’re just looking forward to Kentucky now.”

South Carolina is back in action next Saturday at 12:30 p.m. against the Kentucky Wildcats at Williams-Brice Stadium. The game will be televised on Fox Sports Net.


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The Closer: S.C. State Scene Setter

Ready for another Saturday night at Williams-Brice!

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S.C. State Gameday Need to Know

Time: Saturday at 7:05 p.m. ET

Location: Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, SC

TV Coverage: ESPN Classic
Broadcast Team:  Bob Wischusen and Brian Griese

TV Replay: SportsSouth, Oct. 4 at 8 p.m. ET
Broadcast Team: Andy Demetra, Brad Muller

Radio Coverage: Gamecock Radio Network – Flagship 107.5 FM (Click here for an affiliate in your area)
Broadcast Team: Todd Ellis, Tommy Suggs and Terry Cousin
In-Stadium Radio Frequency: Tune to 107.5 if you’re at the game to hear the Gamecock Radio Network broadcast or E1 on your Live Sports Radio

Satellite Radio: XM 215/Sirius 200

Digital Coverage: Gamecocks Gameday Live

Weather: High 84/Low 54/20% chance of precipitation

Important Gameday Times:

1:00 p.m. – Stadium Parking Office Opens (located under northwest ramp)
2:00 p.m. – Parking Lots Open
3 p.m. – Stadium Box Office Opens (located under the northwest ramp)
4:45 p.m. – Gamecock Walk (southwest corner of Williams-Brice Stadium)
5:00 p.m. – Select Stadium Gates Open (Gates 4, 14, 16, 22, 25)
5:30 p.m. – Remaining Stadium Gates Open
7:05 p.m. – Kick-off

Note: Parking lots close 2 hours after the end of the game

What to do on Gameday:

Gamecock Village (Open from 2:00 – 6:30)

  • Gamecock Radio Network pre-game show
  • Army – tailgate for students
  • Marines – Ultimate Gamer Video Game contest
  • Bounce House
  • WIS-TV – Jillian Capobianco and Kara Gormley
  • Gamecock Swimming & Diving team
  • Colonial Life Arena
  • Addam’s Bookstore will be selling merchandise
  • Carolina Alumni Association
  • Food Lion
  • Hardee’s
  • Time Warner Cable
  • Games on the Big Screen
  • Carolina Girls
  • South Carolina Band/Cocky/Cheerleaders

Bojangles (Open from 2:00 – 6:30)

  • Buick Pontiac GMC
  • 2010 Buick LaCrosse
  • Time Warner Cable
  • Addam’s Bookstore will be selling merchandise
  • CrossRunner

Texting for Assistance at the Game:

Report stadium issues, unruly behavior, or requests for help by texting “USC” <space> your issue and location to 41513. Assistance is available two hours before kickoff and one hour after the game. Standard SMS rates apply.


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Norwood Family Reunion

In case you haven’t seen it, here’s a great story by Travis Haney from the Charleston Post and Courier about Eric Norwood and his brother Erin. The younger Norwood plays defensive back for South Carolina State.


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Depth Chart for S.C. State Game

Click here to download the depth chart for this weekend’s game vs. S.C. State.


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The 411 on the S.C. State Bulldogs

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What happened last week…The Bulldogs defeated Winston-Salem State 27-10 at home to improve to 3-0 on the season. Click here for game recap.

The last time they played the Gamecocks…the Bulldogs were beaten 38-3 at Williams-Brice Stadium on September 15, 2007.  Click here for game recap.

Trivia tidbits going into Saturday’s game…

  • Coach Spurrier is 37-0 all-time in his career against teams from non-BCS conferences and 18-6 against teams from the Palmetto State.
  • Thursday night’s win clinched the winningest decade in school history with 64 wins since 2000.
  • Senior Eric Norwood is now the school’s all-time sack leader with 28 sacks.  He is ranked 8th all-time in the SEC. Norwood is just one tackle for loss away (he has 49.5) from entering the SEC’s top-10 all-time.
  • A win would give the Gamecocks a 5-game winning streak at Williams-Brice Stadium.
  • S.C. State Head Coach Buddy Pough was the running backs coach at South Carolina for three years under Lou Holtz.  He was a part of the Gamecocks’ 2000 and 2001 Outback Bowl teams.
  • The Bulldogs are currently ranked 16th in the country in FCS and finished the regular season last year with a 10-3 record.

Click here for an S.C. State roster

Offensive Stats
Points Per Game:
Yardage Per Game: 344 (190.3 passing, 153.7 rushing)
Turnovers: 4 (3 fumbles, 1 interception)

Defensive Stats
Points Allowed Per Game:
Yardage Allowed Per Game: 241.7 (144 passing, 97.7 rushing)
Turnovers Forced: 9 (5 fumbles, 4 interceptions)

Offensive Leaders
Malcolm Long – 4 TD, 1 INT, 523 yds, 63.6% completion; Averages 174 yds per game
Receiving: OliverTre Young 19 rec, 245 yds, 2 TD; Richard Christie 9 rec, 95 yds; Terrance Smith 8 rec, 74 yds
Rushing: RB William Ford 49 carries, 265 yds, 2 TD; Averages 83.7 yds per game

Defensive Leaders
David Erby 26.5 tackles (22 solo); Julius Wilkerson 13.5 tackles (8 solo); Markee Hamlin 13 tackles (11 solo)
Tackles for Loss: Jayson Ayers 3 for -19 yds; Julius Wilkerson 2.5 for -8 yds; Markus James 2.5 for -5 yds

Kicking Game
Field Goals:
K Blake Erickson 3-3 FG, Long 40 yds; 10-11 XP
Punting: P Leigh Manly 10 punts, 38.7 yard average

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Gamecocks Gameday Live (S.C. State Edition)


Gamecocks Gameday Live will provide you with instant information, key stats, drive summaries and sideline updates during Gamecock football games.  Whether you’re in the stands, at home or out watching the game with a group of Gamecock fans, you can make sure you have the most up-to-date info on game day.  The best part of all – it’s free!

How can I access Gamecocks Gameday Live?

  • Twitter – Follow The Editor @SpursUpBlog for in-game tweets.
  • Text Messaging – Text “livefb” to 32391 to receive free in-game text messages (Standard carrier rates apply).
  • Facebook – Become a fan of GamecocksOnline to see game updates on Facebook.
  • Gametracker – Visit www.GamecocksOnline.com to get instant stats with Gametracker.
  • Radio – Tune your radio to the Gamecock Radio Network to hear Todd Ellis, Tommy Suggs and Terry Cousin broadcast the game.  Click here for an affiliate in your area. If you’re in the stadium on Saturday night, tune your radio headset to 107.5 FM or tune your Live Sports Radio to E1.
  • Television – Look for the Gamecocks on your television.  Thursday’s game is available on ESPN Classic.

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