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South Carolina Holds on to Edge Troy 23-14 With Videos, Gallery, Stats & More

Parker White vs Troy - 10/2/21
Troy 2-3 , 0-1
 South Carolina 3-2 , 0-2
Score By Quarters
Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th F
Troy 0 7 7 0 14
South Carolina 3 14 3 3 23

Game Recap: Football |  | Associated Press | By DAVID CLONINGER | Posted by GCFstaff | FROM USC Sports Information

South Carolina Holds on to Edge Troy 23-14 With Videos, Gallery, Stats & More

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's offensive consternation still isn't cured. The Gamecocks have scored one rushing touchdown in five games.

But as long as the Gamecocks' defense can pick up the slack, as they did with their third touchdown of the year against Troy, they can continue to work on it without feeling too bad.

David Spaulding returned an interception 74 yards for a touchdown, Parker White kicked three field goals and South Carolina overcame several mistakes in the second half to hold off the Trojans 23-14 on Saturday.

White booted a 37-yard field goal in the fourth quarter with just over two minutes left to make it a two-possession lead and Damani Staley intercepted Taylor Powell with less than 30 seconds to play.

"I don't know about you guys, I feel like I aged about 40 years during that game," said South Carolina coach Shane Beamer, who saw his Gamecocks score one defensive TD and should have scored another. "We talk about playing smart football. We didn't do a great job of that today."

The Gamecocks (3-2) led 17-7 at halftime after Spaulding's return. Yet the Trojans (2-3) wouldn't go away and South Carolina's inability to take advantage of its numerous chances to score helped Troy stay in it.

"The key to the game, obviously, the turnovers. Seemed to be the difference," Troy coach Chip Lindsey said. "We matched their intensity, we matched their physicality, I thought. At the end of the day, we can't put the ball on the ground."

The Gamecocks still haven't found a solution for their sputtering running game, but quarterback Luke Doty completed 20 of 34 passes for 255 yards and a touchdown with no interceptions and one fumble.

The Gamecocks blocked a Troy punt in the third quarter but only got a field goal out of a possession starting at the Trojans' 23-yard line. Then after an interception by South Carolina's Jahmar Brown was wiped by a booth review, the nuttiness began.

The Gamecocks forced a punt but Ahmarean Brown muffed the catch. Troy set up for a third-and-9 on the next possession. The Gamecocks' Jaylan Foster sacked Powell on a safety blitz and the ball squirted loose. Staley retrieved it and tried to run, but was tripped.

The ball again tumbled to the turf and Brown picked it up and began running. He easily out-paced the rest of the field for a touchdown, except Brown flipped the ball to the referee a split-second before he crossed the goal line and it rolled out of bounds.

Touchback. Not touchdown.

"You talk about emotional rollercoaster, golly. Went from excited for the play we had, then mad, then relief," Lindsey said. "It was crazy how that worked out."

South Carolina held again, forced a punt, and again tried to drive for the game-clinching score. Doty had the ball knocked out of his hand and the Trojans recovered.

The Gamecocks got it right back after Foster forced a fumble and Zacch Pickens recovered.

South Carolina managed to hold onto the ball and drove 53 yards in 12 plays for White's last field goal. The sixth-year ''super senior'' hasn't missed a kick all year and mentioned Samson in the post-game as he showed up with a bushy beard. He has vowed not to shave or cut his hair until he misses one.

GAME CHANGER

David Spaulding returned an interception 74 yards for a touchdown to give the Gamecocks a 17-7 lead heading into halftime. It is the third interception return for a touchdown by rthe Gamecocks this season.

KEY STAT

255 – Luke Doty set a career high with 255 passing yards and completed passes to nine different receivers. Doty was 20-for-34 with a touchdown in the win over the Trojans.

UP NEXT

Carolina travels to Knoxville, Tenn., to face Tennessee on Saturday, Oct. 9 at noon. The game will be televised on ESPN2.

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