Talk about reversing your fortunes. So much has gone wrong for USC in the fourth quarter this season, but Saturday against Florida all that bad luck disappeared in a mind boggling 23-20 overtime win in the Swamp.
The Gators outplayed the Gamecocks and were one play away from putting it away, but it didn’t happen. First, the Gamecocks blocked a field goal that would have made it a 10 point game with less than five minutes. The offense wasn’t able to capitalize though and the ball went back to Florida with less than two minutes and the Gamecocks holding just one timeout. But somehow the defense that’s had so many problems this season forced the Gators to line up for a punt with less than a minute to play. Things got really interesting on that punt attempt when the Gamecocks blocked it and took over on the Florida 39 with just over 30 seconds to play. USC scored the equalizer on a Mike Davis touchdown, one that he scored recovering his own fumble in the end zone. The Swamp was stunned.
In overtime, the USC defense held Florida to a field goal on its opening possession. When the Gamecocks got their turn Steve Spurrier leaned on his running game to push the ball inside the five yard line. Sans one pass to Pharoh Cooper, every play was a run. That included Dylan Thompson’s game winner, from four yards out to give the Gamecocks the improbable come from behind win.
“I just wanted to showcase my speed,” Thompson quipped in the post game. “I was so excited I think I threw the ball into the upper deck.”
Yeah, he did.
Spurrier has been on the wrong end of a few of these this season so he felt for Will Muschamp. “I told him I feel for him and I was on the other end of that two weeks ago. …I guess I am getting old when I feel sorry for the other coach.”
“For our guys to come back like this, I am really proud of them.
Take a listen to what Steve Spurrier, Dylan Thompson and Lorenzo Ward had to say in the postgame presser below:
Here are the quarter recaps and the final stats: