Saturday, November 17, 2012
Gamecocks pull away in fourth quarter
By Chris Low
All week, South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier warned that Wofford was not a team for anybody to take lightly.
The Head Ball Coach obviously knew what was coming, as his No. 9 Gamecocks found themselves in a 7-7 tie heading into the fourth quarter only to pull away and win 24-7 over the FCS Terriers.
South Carolina was playing without star defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who missed the game with a sprained foot. He should be ready to go next week against Clemson.
Playing against Wofford's triple-option offense isn't a lot of fun for anybody, and this was the third time that the Gamecocks had faced the Terriers under Spurrier. All three games have been pretty close, too.
While the win itself wasn't overly impressive, South Carolina did accomplish a few more firsts. The Gamecocks (9-2, 6-2) have now won nine or more games for the third straight season, the first time that's happened in school history. And to put into perspective what Spurrier has done at South Carolina, only twice in school history had the Gamecocks won more than eight games in a season prior to his arrival in 2005.
It was also the 64th victory for Spurrier at South Carolina, tying him with Rex Enright as the winningest coach in school history.
If the Gamecocks can win at No. 11 Clemson next weekend, it would be their fourth straight win in the series. The last time South Carolina won four in a row over Clemson was the early 1950s.