October 21, 2014

Gamecocks and Vols will play under the lights

USC vs UT will be in prime time

USC vs UT will be in prime time

Each of the University of South Carolina’s next two football games will kick at 7:30 p.m. ET and will be televised by the SEC Network, according to the Southeastern Conference offices.

The Gamecocks (4-3, 2-3 SEC) will travel to Auburn this week to face the No. 5/6 Tigers (5-1, 2-1 SEC) on Saturday, October 25. Brent Musburger and Jesse Palmer will be the announcers with Maria Taylor working the sidelines.

The Gamecocks will host the Tennessee Volunteers in another 7:30 p.m. ET start on Saturday, November 1. The SEC Network crew working that contest has not yet been announced.

Here are the football TV selections for November 1:

SEC NETWORK             12:00 ET    UL Monroe at Texas A&M
CBS                                  3:30 ET      Florida vs. Georgia (Jacksonville)
SEC NETWORK             4:00 ET      Kentucky at Missouri
ESPNU                             7:00 ET      Old Dominion at Vanderbilt
ESPN*                              7:00 ET      Arkansas at Mississippi State or Auburn at Ole Miss
ESPN2*                            7:15 ET      Arkansas at Mississippi State  or Auburn at Ole Miss
SEC NETWORK              7:30 ET       Tennessee at South Carolina

* Network will be selected after games of Oct. 25.  Time will not change.

Here’s the ACC TV schedule for November 1:

Duke at Pitt, ESPNU, Noon

Boston College at Virginia Tech, ACC Network, 12:30 p.m. (split network)

North Carolina at Miami, ACC Network, 12:30 p.m. (split network)

NC State at Syracuse, RSN, 3 p.m.

Virginia at Georgia Tech, ESPNU, 3:30 p.m.

Sunday Spurrier: USC defensive line depth takes a hit (AUDIO)

Steve Spurrier will try to spring a major upset at Auburn Saturday night.

Steve Spurrier will try to spring a major upset at Auburn Saturday night.

Steve Spurrier just wrapped up his Sunday teleconference. The HBC shared his day after thoughts on Furman and took a peek ahead to the upcoming matchup at top five Auburn. Spurrier began by updating some injuries, including a key defensive lineman who probably will miss this week’s game with the Tigers. That and more, along with audio from Spurrier, below:

  • Spurrier said defensive tackle J.T. Surratt is doubtful to play Saturday against Auburn with a hamstring injury.
  • Tight end Busta Anderson is listed as out, but his triceps injury has improved, according to Spurrier.
  • Spurrier said Auburn is very good in all areas of the game. “We’re loose. There’s no pressure on us.”
  • USC has never picked up a win over Auburn since the Gamecocks joined the SEC.
  • Spurrier said there is no advantage playing Auburn because of his past relationship with Ellis Johnson. He called Johnson one of the best.
  • Spurrier said they are getting better on defense. “We are no longer at the bottom. …But this week will be a challenge for us.”
  • Spurrier said the young quarterbacks didn’t really get a chance Saturday. “They need to play more,” he said.

AUDIO: Steve Spurrier [9:00]



SportsTalk at the Stadium: Something to feel good about for USC (VIDEO)

Mike Davis ran for 111 yards and two scores.

Mike Davis ran for 111 yards and two scores.

USC took out some frustration on an outmanned Furman squad Saturday afternoon at Williams-Brice Stadium. The Gamecocks picked up a win they desperately needed, just from a confidence standpoint, before they head back on the road next week to face Auburn and its high caliber offense. Here’s my take of what went down at Williams-Brice Stadium.


USC pounds the Paladins, turns attention to Auburn (AUDIO)

Busta Anderson hauls in a pass. He left the game with an triceps injury and did not return.

Busta Anderson hauls in a pass. He left the game with an triceps injury and did not return.

USC is savoring the feeling of a win again. The Gamecocks took advantage of an open date to regroup and a Furman team that didn’t stack up talent wise and coasted to a 41-10 win Saturday afternoon at Williams-Brice Stadium. Steve Spurrier said it wasn’t always pretty, but after nearly a month without a win, he didn’t complain.

The Gamecocks did most of their damage on the ground; Mike Davis and David Williams both finished over 100 yards. Davis carried it 18 times for 111 yards and tow touchdowns, Williams 11 for 110. Shon Carson also had a solid day running with seven carries for 85 yards and a score.

Dylan Thompson had a modest passing day. He completed 14-22 passes for 262 yards and two touchdowns. He didn’t throw an interception, but lost a fumble on a sack. Furman finished with four sacks. USC tallied just one. Connor Mitch and Perry Orth both got in the game but neither one did anything eye popping. Orth came in first and failed to complete either of his two passes. Mitch completed two of his four passes for 19 yards. Both rotated in and out for most of the fourth quarter, but mostly handed the ball off to the running backs.

The defense started out a bit shaky, especially against the run. Furman scored its only touchdown on a 60 yard Hank McCloud run in the first quarter. The Paladins finished the day with 211 yards rushing. Most of their damage came in the first half. The Gamecocks held them to 91 yards passing.

Quote from the Head Ball Coach:

“It feels good to win a ball game. I told our guys to enjoy it and we’ll start getting ready for Auburn on Monday.”

Other notes:

  • Defensive tackle J.T. Surratt left the game in the 3rd quarter with a hamstring injury and did not return
  • Tight end Rory Anderson had a left triceps strain and didn’t return to action. It was not the same triceps injury he suffered in the preseason.
  • Linebacker Johnathan Walton suffered a concussion.
  • Offensive lineman Na’Ty Rodgers and defensive lineman Kaiwan Lewis were both suspended for the game for a violation of team rules. Spurrier said they will be back Monday.

Inside the locker room:

Take a listen to what Steve Spurrier, Dylan Thomson and Lorenzo Ward had to say below:

AUDIO: Steve Spurrier post Furman

AUDIO: Dylan Thompson post Furman

AUDIO: Lorenzo Ward post Furman

Final stats and quarter recaps:

1st quarter recap

2nd quarter recap

3rd quarter recap

4th quarter recap


USC-Furman 4th quarter recap: Backups get in on the action as USC completes blowout victory

USC logoHere is the recap of the fourth quarter of USC-Furman from Williams-Brice Stadium:

USC completed its drive with Connor Mitch at the helm with a 23 yard field goal by Elliot Fry extending the Gamecock lead to 41-10 with 12:41 to play in the 4th quarter. Drive Summary: 9-62-4:45

The subsequent Furman drive gained just 14 yards and they punted the ball back to USC with 9:35 remaining in the 4th quarter.

With a 1st and 10 from their own 18 yard line, Perry Orth led the Gamecocks down to the 42 yard line, but USC was forced to punt. Furman takes over at their own 33 yard line with 6:00 remaining in the 4th quarter.

Furman began their next drive at their own 33 yard line. They made their way down to the 42 yard and then were forced to punt. The punt rolled into the endzone for a touchback with 2:51 remaining in the 4th quarter.

Connor Mitch returned as quarterback for the next Gamecock drive from their own 20 yard line. A 19 yard run by David Williams moved the offense closer to midfield, but with 0:32 to play, the Gamecocks were forced to punt.

The Paladins final drive of the game started at their own 15 yard line with 0:18 left in the game. Furman ran out the clock to end the game.

Final: USC 41, Furman 10