This was a game that South Carolina should have won easily and the Gamecocks did just that. They had a rough start, giving up a Hank McCloud 60-yard touchdown run early, but they were able to right the ship and limit Furman to 10 total points and 302 total yards. This game was a much better defensive outing than the Gamecocks are used to — they allow 435 yards a game — and even with backups in the game, they looked good.
The final: South Carolina 41, Furman 10
The big play: Mike Davis got his first touchdown of the game and the second for the Gamecock offense with a nasty stiff arm to put the Furman defender down and out of his way as he gets into the end zone on a five yard scamper. It would put the Gamecocks up 14-7 and up for the rest of the game.
The quote: “Well, it wasn’t a real pretty game, but we hadn’t had a win in about a month so that was nice.” – South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier
The stars: For South Carolina, Dylan Thompson finally broke out a bit going 14-of-22 for 262 passing yards and two touchdowns before being taken out in the second half to give his backups some throws. Gamecock running back Mike Davis had a great game as well, running for 111 yards on 18 carries — a 6.2 yard per attempt average — before he was also put on the bench to get the other running backs in the game.
Questions: Will South Carolina be able to take this momentum into its game against a stingy Auburn defense next week?
Next up: South Carolina at Auburn, Furman hosts Samford