USC did what it needed to do to stay alive in the race for the SEC East title, and they also got some help from the Auburn Tigers as well. It all added up to a dramatic night at Williams’ Brice Stadium as the Gamecocks rallied to defeat Florida 19-14 behind four field goals from freshman Elliott Fry. Here’s more on the game in this recap from Williams-Brice.
Post game notes:
- No. 11/12 South Carolina’s 19-14 victory over Florida extends the home winning streak to 16 games, establishing a new school record. The previous mark of 15 straight was set from 1978-1980. The 16-straight wins at Williams-Brice is the longest current home winning streak in the country.
- The victory is the 39th Gamecock win in a four-year period, also a new school record. The previous mark of 38 was set by last year’s senior class.
- The Gamecocks have now recorded six SEC wins for the third-straight year. South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier is now 4-5 overall in games against his alma mater, including a 3-2 mark in Columbia, S.C.
- Florida’s 14-6 lead at the half was the first time South Carolina trailed at the half at home since Auburn in 2011.
- The announced attendance of 83,853 is the most of the season at Williams-Brice.
- At the half, South Carolina women’s basketball coach Dawn Staley was presented the Order of the Palmetto from South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. The award is the highest civilian honor that can be awarded by the governor, granted to those who have displayed significant achievement and service to the state. Staley joins several other elite South Carolina coaches who have received the Order of the Palmetto, including current track and field head coach Curtis Frye, former men’s basketball coach Frank McGuire and former football coaches Lou Holtz, Jim Carlen and Warren Giese.
- The University also honored special Pioneers Carlton Haywood, Jackie Brown and Casey Manning tonight. The recognition was for those who took the monumental steps to desegregate athletics at the University of South Carolina. Haywood was the first African-American to enroll at the University of South Carolina on a football scholarship. Brown, who also played football and basketball at South Carolina, was the first African-American baseball player at the University. Manning was the first African-American basketball player at the University.
- Senior quarterback Connor Shaw now has 24 wins as a starting quarterback, tying the school record set by Todd Ellis. Shaw is 24-5 as a starter for the Garnet & Black. Ellis was 24-16-3 during his career.
- Sophomore tailback Shon Carson’s 102 yards is a career high and the first 100-yard rushing game of his career. His 58-yard run in the fourth quarter is the longest of his career.
- Sophomore tailback Mike Davis moved into sixth-place in rushing yards in a season by a Gamecock with 1,112 yards. He is just 85 yards away from third place (Marcus Lattimore: 1,197 yards, 2010).
- Senior cornerback Jimmy Legree’s fourth-quarter interception was his third of the season and sixth of his career.
- Junior spur Sharrod Golightly tied a career high set against North Carolina earlier this season with six tackles. Redshirt freshman spur Jordan Diggs set a new career high with four tackles, eclipsing his previous mark of three against UAB last season. Sophomore defensive tackle Phillip Dukes recorded his first solo tackle for loss.
- Freshman placekicker Elliot Fry hit a career-long 45-yard field goal in the second quarter. Fry knocked a career-high four field goals through the uprights and went 4-of-5 on the night. It’s the most field goals made in a single game by a Gamecock since Spencer Lanning against Georgia in 2009.