South Carolina, coming off its bye week, handled Arkansas relatively easily notching a 38-20 victory on Saturday afternoon. Here’s a look at how the rest of the teams the Gamecocks (8-2, 6-2) will play this season did over the weekend.
Vanderbilt has a big game coming up this weekend against Tennessee, a program spiraling out of control with an 0-6 record in the Southeastern Conference
Carolina 17 - Vanderbilt 13: August 30; Nashville, Tenn.
Record: 6-4, 4-3
Up next: vs. Tennessee
For the first time in school history, Vanderbilt is bowl eligible in back-to-back years with a 27-26 comeback victory over Ole Miss. Commodores quarterback Jordan Rodgers completed a 26-yard touchdown pass with 52 seconds left in the game to erase a 17-point third-quarter deficit. The Rebels out-gained their opponents by nearly 100 yards, had almost 10 minutes more possession, and won the turnover battle, but it wasn’t enough to stave off Vanderbilt down the stretch. Running back Zac Stacy, the school’s all-time leading rusher, was helped off the field after his second carry of the game and did not return.
Carolina 48 - ECU 10: September 8; Columbia
Up next: at Tulane
East Carolina had a bye week. The Pirates match up against Tulane this weekend at 3:30 p.m.
Carolina 49 - UAB 6: September 15, 2012
Up next: vs. Memphis
Georgia running back Todd Gurley
Marshall scored 24 of the last 31 points of the game against UAB but the Blazers built a big enough first half lead to earn its third victory of the season notching a 38-31 victory. Running back Darrin Reaves racked up 184 yards rushing and two touchdowns as the Blazers were able to hang on down the stretch. Quarterback Austin Brown threw a pair of touchdowns to wideout Jackie Williams but he also threw three picks to help keep the Thundering Herd in the game.
Carolina 31 - Missouri 10: September 22
Record: 5-5, 2-5
Up next: vs. Syracuse
Missouri, behind quarterback James Franklin, rallied from a two-touchdown deficit at halftime to win 51-48 at Neyland Stadium in four overtimes. Franklin found last year’s top recruit, wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham, on a fourth-and-15 play with 47 seconds remaining in the game in the back of the end zone to force overtime. Kicker Andrew Baggett drilled a 35-yard field goal in the fourth overtime to give the Tigers their first road SEC win in school history and keep bowl hopes alive. Both teams scored touchdowns in the first three overtimes but Tennessee failed to score on a fourth-and-3 play. Head coach Derek Dooley elected to go four it on fourth down rather than try a 35-yard field goal. Missouri attempted a 35-yarder and left Knoxville, Tenn. with a victory.
Carolina 38 - Kentucky 17: September 29; Lexington, Ky.
Record: 1-9, 0-7
Up next: vs. Samford
Kentucky had a bye week. The Wildcats return to action in non-conference play against Samford.
LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger
Carolina 35 - Georgia 7: October 6; Columbia
Record: 9-1, 7-1
Up next: vs. Georgia Southern
Georgia steamrolled Auburn 38-0 at Jordan-Hare Stadium on Saturday night ensuring their SEC East crown and likely Gene Chizik’s firing as head coach of the Tigers. The Bulldogs racked up 497 yards worth of total offense and scored 28 points in the first 25 minutes of the game to rout their SEC West rival. Freshmen running backs Keith Marshall and Todd Gurley combined to rush for 289 yards in the game and combined for two touchdowns in the victory, which punched Georgia’s ticket to the Georgia Dome the first Saturday in December for the SEC Championship game. Quarterback Aaron Murray completed 18-of-24 passes for 208 yards and three scores.
LSU 23 - Carolina 21: October 13; Baton Rouge, La.
Record: 8-2, 4-2
Up next: vs. Ole Miss
Quarterback Zach Mettenberger had a big evening completing 19-of-30 passes for 273 yards and two touchdowns in his team’s 37-17 victory on Saturday night against Mississippi State. The hopes of winning a Southeastern Conference title are still alive but hanging by a thread after Alabama’s loss and there are still hopes in Baton Rouge, La. of a BCS bowl berth. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 7-0 lead but and cut a third quarter deficit to three points but the Tigers scored the last 17 points of the game to coast to victory at Death Valley. Safety Craig Loston picked off MSU quarterback Tyler Russell with two minutes remaining in the game and returned it 100 yards for a touchdown to put an exclamation point on the victory.
Florida 44 - Carolina 11; Gainesville, Fla.
Record: 9-1, 7-1
Up next: vs. Jacksonville St.
Florida needed all 60 minutes to defeat Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday afternoon. The Gators blocked a punt and returned it for a touchdown with two seconds remaining to break a tie and win 27-20 at The Swamp. Quarterback Jeff Driskel went down with a sprained right ankle but the Gators weren’t able to do much on offense even before he departed. Driskel completed 13-of-16 passes for 98 yards and a touchdown while also rushing 12 times for 76 yards but the Gators still trailed by a touchdown late in the game. Backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett threw a three-yard touchdown pass with 1:42 remaining. The defense forced the Rajin’ Cajuns to punt on the next possession, which was blocked by Loucheiz Purifoy and returned by Jelani Jenkins 36 yards for the game-winning score. The Gators did lose out on the SEC East championship when Georgia steamrolled Auburn 38-0 on The Plains.
Carolina 38 - Tennessee 35; Columbia
Record: 4-6, 0-6
Up next: at Vanderbilt
Bowl hopes for Tennessee are teetering after a 51-48, four-overtime loss to Missouri on Saturday. The Volunteers have now lost 13 out of their last 14 Southeastern Conference games after giving away a 14-point halftime lead. The Vols outgained Missouri 383-64 in the first half and took a 21-7 lead into the intermission. The defense, which allowed over 700 yards last week to Troy, allowed two fourth down completions on the final drive of regulation to force overtime. Both offenses scored touchdowns on their first three possessions of overtime but the Vols were kept scoreless in the fourth frame. Missouri’s kicker nailed a 35-yard field goal at the end of the game to earn the win for the Tigers.
Plays Carolina: November 10; Columbia
Record: 4-6, 2-4
Up next: at Mississippi State
Arkansas was able to hang tough early in the game but a momentum-changing interception for a touchdown less than five minutes into the second half propelled South Carolina to a 38-20 victory at Williams-Brice Stadium. The Razorbacks had a chance to cut the game down to one score and were threatening in Gamecocks territory but D.J. Swearinger picked off an errant pass from Arkansas quarterback Tyler Wilson and returned it 69 for a touchdown. The Gamecocks were in firm control from that point forward and played some backups. Wilson was 26-of-41 for 277 yards and a pair of touchdowns but he also had two interceptions as the Razorbacks sputtered on offense throughout most of the day.
Plays Carolina: November 17; Columbia
Up next: at South Carolina
Wofford is Southern Conference champions thanks to a 16-13 victory in overtime on Saturday afternoon over Chattanooga. After squandering a chance last week against Samford, the Terriers made the most of their opportunities this time around. Running back Eric Breitenstein had 132 yards on 28 carries and scored the game-winning touchdown in overtime for the Terriers. With his effort, Breitenstein is now the school record holder with 5,223 career rushing yards. The Terriers conclude the regular season stepping up to the FBS level to face South Carolina at 1 p.m. this week on pay-per-view.
Plays Carolina: November 24; Clemson
Up next: North Carolina State
The roll through conference competition continues as Clemson dismantled an under-manned Maryland squad 45-10 on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium. The Tigers jumped out to a four-touchdown lead and never looked back as the run through sub-par ACC teams continues. Clemson has one more conference opponent left before a showdown with in-state rival South Carolina and a potential BCS berth. Quarterback Tajh Boyd was 18-of-26 passing for 261 yards and three touchdowns on the afternoon. Nine different players had carries for the Tigers and nine guys also caught passes in the thumping of the Terrapins.
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