A place Walt Disney called the happiest on earth is just a few miles away, but USC was anything but happy for most of the day against UCF here at Brighthouse Networks Stadium. The Gamecocks pulled out a 28-25 win, but once again they made it as difficult as possible. It was a win, but there weren’t a lot of jovial happy faces in the Gamecock locker room.
The Cliff Notes version of events: Carolina spotted UFG a 10 point lead going into the half, took control in the third quarter and looked to have the game put away in the fourth. But after giving up a couple of 70 plus yard pass plays, losing a fumble inside the Knights five and allowing two quick touchdowns USC had to hold on for dear life to get out town with the win. Carolina wasn’t able to exhale until they recovered an onside kick in the final 90 seconds to seal it.
You can read the official game story from USC here.
We also have a portion of Steve Spurrier’s comments for you below. He vowed to correct some things defensively and stated the obvious point that his team needs to learn how to play with a lead.
“I am happy we won the game. It should not have gotten as close as it did but fortunately Bruce got the onside kick. Somebody up. top is looking out for our team right now because with out mental decisions that we are making we easily could have lost.”
On the injury front, quarterback Connor Shaw injured his right shoulder in the first quarter and will miss the next couple of week, according to Spurrier. Also running back Brandon Wilds dislocated his elbow and will also be out a couple of weeks.
Here are the quarter by quarter recaps and the final stats.
USC returns home next weekend to face Kentucky.