It was just the kind of game Steve Spurrier likes to direct. There was a lot of throwing and catching during USC’s annual Garnet & Black Game Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium. For the record, the Black team won 38-24 in front of an announced crowd of over 34,000. Each team was designated by the color of the pants worn by the quarterback.
And the quarterbacks wore out their arms doing what Spurrier loves to do most…throw it deep. Six quarterbacks combined to throw 54 passes for 511 yards and four touchdowns. Dylan Thompson, who nailed down the backup quarterback job this spring, had the best day completing 15-20 for 168 yards and one touchdown. He also was intercepted once.
Starting quarterback Connor Shaw completed 6 of 7 passes for 128 yards and two touchdowns. Shaw connected with Damiere Byrd on a 70 yard scoring strike on the first play of the game.
AUDIO: Connor Shaw and Dylan Thompson [3:28]
AUDIO: Damiere Byrd [2:35]
#3 quarterback Tanner McEvoy, in what head coach Steve Spurrier called his best performance of the spring, was 8-12 for 132 yards and two touchdowns.
The Gamecocks paid little attention to the running game. Kenny Miles had just 2 carries for 8 yards. The leading rusher among the running backs was Blair Lowery with 7 carries for 26 yards.
Lowery also led all receivers with 5 catches fir 38 yards. Corey Simmons, Nick Jones and DL Moore each had three catches.
Some of the other big scoring plays included a 39 yard pass from Shaw to Riley Gallaher who ran in off the sideline behind the defense, a play Spurrier annually runs in the spring game, a 63 yard pass from McEvoy to Moore, a 50 yard pass interception return by Sheldon Royster, a 22 yard pass from Thompson to Nick Jones, and a 51 yard field goal on the last play of the game by Adam Yates.
AUDIO: Jared Shaw and Sheldon Royster [3:18]
Tight end Drew Owens suffered what Spurrier believed to be a knee sprain on a touchdown reception and was the only reported injury of the game.
AUDIO: Steve Spurrier [12:39]
AUDIO: Lorenzo Ward [11:23]
At halftime, USC announced its various award winners from last season and the spring:
- OL Will Sport / Brandon Shell
- DL Chaz Sutton
- CB Jared Shaw
- WR Damiere Byrd
- LB Damario Jeffrey
- TE Drew Owens
- DB Ahmad Christian
- RB Blair Lowery
- QB Seth Strickland / Dylan Thompson
- K Adam Yates
- P Michael Williamson
Everyday Attitude & Hustle Award
- Bruce Ellington / Victor Hampton
Outstanding Weight Room
- Kadetrix Marcus
- Ace Sanders
- Cody Gibson
- Byron Jerideau
- Connor McLaurin
- Kenny Robinson
- Jessie Dukes
- Landon Ard
Harold White GPA
- K. J. Brent
- Walker Inabinet
Dr. Harris Pastides – Scholar Athlete
- Marcus Lattimore
Joe Morrison – Players of the Spring
- Kenny Miles- Offense
- Jadeveon Clowney – Defense
- Ace Sanders – Special Teams
Ernest Brooks – MVP – Clemson Game
- Connor Shaw – Offense
- Melvin Ingram – Defense
- D. J. Swearinger – Special Teams
MVP – Bowl Game
- Alshon Jeffery / Stephon Gilmore