Special teams make up for otherwise non-special offensive performance in #Gamecocks season opening 35-14 win over Georgia State (Audio/Video)

Ahmarean Brown scores the second of two USC touchdowns off blocked punts (Chris Gillespie)

USC was outgained 311-306 by Georgia State, didn’t have a run longer than 13 yards and found themselves trailing in the third quarter Saturday night at Williams-Brice Stadium. But the Gamecocks scored the game’s final 23 points to avoid the upset at the hands of the Panthers with a 35-14 win in front of an announced crowd of over 78,000.

The special teams saved the night for the Gamecocks. They blocked two punts (Rashad Amos & Traveon Kenion) scooping and scoring (DJ Smith & Ahmarean Brown) both times. They faked a field goal leading directly to a touchdown. They (Mitch Jeter) kicked a pair of field goals, one of 53 yards and one of 51 yards. And they (Kai Kroeger) averaged over 49 yards per punt with a long of 79.

Overall, a very good night for the special teams. And the defense was good in a lot of ways as well. They kept the Panther passing game in check with 111 yards. They did give up 200 rushing yards, which is Georgia State’s strength, but a good bit of that came n the fourth quarter with the game decided.

The offense will still be a work in progress going into next week’s game at Arkansas. The line was a disappointment, especially protecting the edges. Quarterback Spencer Rattler was chased around in and out of the pocket all night. He still managed to throw for 227 yards and a touchdown, though he had to interceptions.

The receivers were a bright spot for the offense. Juice Wells, Jalen Brooks and Jaheim Bell combined to catch 15 passes for 161 yards.

Final Stats:

Mitch Jeter was good from 51 & 53 yards in his first two career field goal attempts (Chris Gillespie)

Here’s my review from Williams-Brice Stadium:

Jaheim Bell led the Gamecocks in rushing and had 4 receptions (Chris Gillespie)

Gamecock Postgame Media Sessions

Shane Beamer

Spencer Rattler

Marshawn Lloyd & Jalen Brooks

DQ Smith & Mitch Jeter

Brad Johnson gets a hit on quarterback Darren Grainger (Chris Gillespie)

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