USC made it a lot more interesting than it needed to, but in the end the Gamecocks still came away with a 35-25 win over Vanderbilt Saturday night at Williams-Brice Stadium. The game started out looking like it was going to be a blowout and towards the end it looked like it might be a shocker. The Gamecocks raced out to a 21-0 lead after the first quarter, led 28-10 at the half, and then 35-10 after the third. Then they had to hang on for dear life in the fourth quarter thanks to some shaky play by special teams unit.
Offensively the Gamecocks ran 87 plays and racked up 579 total yards. Despite the fact some fans were down on the defensive effort, the Gamecocks only gave up 268 yards of total offense to Vanderbilt. The Commodores have not had over 300 yards of offense against USC since 2005. Vandy was able to get points despite the low yardage totals because of an interception return to the Gamecock one yard line in the second quarter that led to a touchdown and a fumbled kickoff by the Gamecocks that set them up with a 19 yard touchdown.
Despite the uneven performance, Steve Spurrier was pretty pleased after the game. The fact his offense put up 35 points and had over 500 yards and 31 first downs probably helped in that regard. There were some kinks defensively at times, especially up front, but Spurrier noted they didn’t give up a bunch of yards. He acknowledged the problems on special teams and said he plans to give Coach Joe Robinson better players to work with on those units.
Take a listen to a portion of Steve Spurrier’s post game press conference below:
Here are the quick quarter by quarter recaps and final stats.
USC will take next week off. Their next game is at UCF on September 28th. UCF is 3-0 and coming off a win over Penn State Saturday.