GAMECOCKS GAMEDAY: Five keys to victory - Louisiana Tech


GAMECOCKS GAMEDAY: Five keys to victory - Louisiana Tech

He was cheered leaving the field.

SC got into position for the field goal after quarterback Jake Bentley scrambled for 24 yards on a third-and-10 play, then completed a 41-yard pass to Bryan Edwards to Louisiana Tech's 14.

And Muschamp said he went to White at halftime and told his kicker that he had a feeling he would have to win this game. Last week, Louisiana Tech was on the right side of a last-second field goal, beating Western Kentucky 23-22. Barnes, a senior, has made all eight field goals he has tried in the final two minutes of regulation and overtime. The Gamecocks also get back often-injured receiver Randrecous Davis, who missed most of last season with a hamstring problem. "First half didn't go the way I wanted to, I didn't make my kicks". We're going to put you back in there to kick the ball, and you need to make that kick.

After Week 2, this looked like it could potentially be a breakout season for Muschamp's SC team, going 2-0 with wins over N.C. State and Missouri.

The lead came two defensive stops later. Ty'Son Williams (5.6 yards per carry) is the only player beside Samuel averaging better than three yards per carry and the unit has produced 257 yards and three touchdowns in three games. It starts with play calling and play design, but the players must also execute, particularly on the offensive line.

"Especially in that game, with the score what it was, I was fighting to get back in it", Williams said.

It was the Gamecocks' (3-1, 1-1 SEC) fifth win in their last six non-conference regular season games.

The Gamecocks offense came alive in the fourth quarter with two straight touchdowns, including a Ty'Son Williams 35-yard touchdown run to give SC its first lead of the entire game, 14-13.

And for the second straight week, sophomore quarterback J'Mar Smith led a long scoring drive that allowed Jonathan Barnes to kick a 25-yard field goal with 55 seconds to play, giving Tech a 16-14 lead.

Skip Holtz was part a SC staff that went 17-7 and won two Outback Bowls over Ohio State in 2000 and 2001, at the time the best two-year stretch in school history.

After losing right tackle Zack Bailey to a high ankle sprain last week, the Gamecocks moved Malik Young from left tackle to his previous position and Dennis Daley moved into the starting lineup at left tackle.

White danced around the field waving his arms at the student section after the first game-winning field goal in his life. Limiting the mistakes of quarterback Jake Bentley, who threw for 304 yards against the Wildcats but also had a pair of interceptions, will help as would getting more production out of the running game.

South Carolina: Bryan Edwards had six catches for 122 yards.

"Ty'Son is a good football player for us", said SC coach Will Muschamp.

Louisiana Tech would come out firing to start the second half.

It's fair to call that drive bordering on miraculous.

The Bulldogs took over and drove to the Gamecocks' 16. La. To cap off a huge 97-yard drive, Bentley found an open OrTre Smith, who ran it into the endzone for the 28-yard touchdown. Under heavy pressure, Bentley escaped the rush and scrambled 24 yards to the USC 45 yard line for a first down.