USC earned the 600th win in its football history Saturday night at Williams-Brice Stadium defeating Wofford 31-10. #601 will be a little tougher to gain as second ranked Clemson visits next Saturday night for the annual Palmetto Bowl.
The Gamecocks were a little sluggish coming out of the box against the Terriers allowing a long drive for a field goal on their first possession. But the defense shut down the Wofford triple option the rest of the half while the offense cranked out a pair of scores, a short run by Jake Bentley and a 23 yard Bentley to Bryan Edwards pass.
The Terriers came out of the locker room at halftime and got another bite of the Gamecock defense driving 75 yards for a touchdown. USC responded with its own scoring drive capped by another one yard Bentley run.
The Gamecocks finally put the game away early in the fourth quarter after recovering a Wofford fumble at the Terrier 38. Six plays later AJ Turner scored for a three touchdown lead.
The Gamecocks held Wofford to a season low 227 yards and only 155 rushing yards, well off the per game average. The Gamecocks also picked off two passes, one by linebacker Skai Moore, the 14th of his career tying Bo Davies in the record book.
On offense, USC was balanced with 195 yards on the ground and 194 thru the air. Turner, who went over 1000 yards for his career, finished with 69 yards. And Bentley was 22-28. Bryan Edwards led
the receivers with a season high 8 catches.
Will Muschamp said after the game there were no significant injuries. Antoine Wilder had to leave the game with an elbow injury and Shi Smith hurt an ankle but Muschamp said both will be fine for next week.
The Gamecocks are 8-3 overall, their first season of at least eight wins since 2013. And by virtue of Kentucky’s loss at Georgia, the Gamecocks will finish alone in second in the SEC East.
Will Muschamp post game press conference
LB Skai Moore & RB AJ Turner discuss the win
QB Jake Bentley and WR Bryan Edwards on the offensive day vs Wofford
Here’s my Periscope recap from Williams-Brice Stadium:
USC post game https://t.co/SpSuaaoW5i
— SportsTalk (@sportstalksc) November 19, 2017