For the first time since the 2018 season, the USC football team is going bowling. The Gamecocks rallied from an early 14-0 deficit to defeat Auburn for the second straight season 21-17 in Columbia Saturday night. The Gamecocks are 6-5 with only next week’s game with Clemson left in the regular season. But they will get a bowl invitation after reaching the required six wins.
Jason Brown threw a pair of second quarter touchdowns, one of 28 yards to ZaQuandre White and one of three yards to Trai Jones, to tie the game at 14 at the half. Auburn went up 17-14 on a field goal with 8:40 left in the third quarter, and the Gamecocks answered with a touchdown drive capped by a 7-yard pass by Brown to Josh Vann.
Auburn had a chance to take or cut into the lead early in the fourth quarter after reaching the USC four, but the Gamecocks’ defense forced a field goal, and Ben Patton missed it.
The teams exchanged punts the rest of the game, and the last one turned out to be the clinching play for USC. The ball bounced around the Auburn 21, and the Gamecocks RJ Roderick fell on it claiming the ball touched Auburn’s Jaylin Simpson. The play was reviewed, and it was determined the ball did touch Simpson. So, with Auburn out of timeouts, the Gamecocks were able to use the victory formation for the final 2:11.