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  1. GAMECOCK FANATICS PLAYERS OF THE GAME: South Carolina Gamecocks vs Alabama Crimson Tide Final: Alabama (3-0, 1-0) 47 – South Carolina (1-2, 0-1) 23 The South Carolina Gamecocks gave a heartened effort against the 2nd-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide, but fell short in a 47-23 season-opening conference loss in Williams-Brice Stadium. Alabama was just too dominating offensively against the Gamecock defense, while the Crimson Tide defense stiffened up just enough in the red zone, holding the Gamecock offense to field goals over touchdowns. It was a game that was not expected by most to go South Carolina’s way, but the Gamecocks still showed they were ready to compete with the Tide. Here’s the Gamecock Fanatics Players for the Game – we’ll start with South Carolina: OFFENSE RB Rico Dowdle: Dowdle came into the 2019 season perhaps being passed over as the marquee back for the Gamecocks, with former Clemson back Tavien Feaster being added to the roster as a graduate transfer. But Dowdle had a stellar day against Alabama, rushing 12 times for a game-high 102 yards, including a big 33-yard gain for the largest run play of the game. Dowdle was also productive in the passing game, with 3 receptions in 4 targeted plays, for 21 yards. Honorable Mention: QB Ryan Hilinski: he stood in against the highly ranked and talented Crimson Tide, for just his 2nd game as a Gamecock, and played solidly, completing 36 passes in 57 attempts for a young career high of 324 yards and 2 touchdowns against 1. DEFENSE LB Ernest Jones: The Gamecock defense was really slapped around in this game. They really were never able to even contain – much less stop – the Alabama offense all game long. Most Alabama offensive scoring drives were of the 5-6-play variety consisting of huge gains, either on the ground or through the air. Despite this, Jones led the defense with 9 total tackles – 6 solo tackles - and 2 tackles for loss. Honorable mention: R.J. Roderick: 8 total tackles – 5 solo – 1 tackle for loss, 1 QB sack OFFENSE QB Tua Tagovailoa: Pretty easy, Tagovailoa completed 28 for 36 passes for 444 yards and five (5) passing touchdowns. His passes were rarely contested by Gamecock defenders, nor came close to being intercepted. Honorable Mention: WR Devonta Smith: 8 receptions for 136 yards, and 2 TDs DEFENSE FS Xavier McKinney: 9 total tackles – 5 solo – with a tackle for loss, and an interception. Honorable Mention: OLB Anfernee Jennings: 6 total tackles – 5 solo – 2 tackle for loss, 1 QB sack, 1 forced fumble
  2. GAMECOCKFANATICS PLAYERS OF THE GAME: South Carolina vs North Carolina GAMECOCKFANATICS PLAYERS OF THE GAME: South Carolina Gamecocks versus North Carolina Tar Heels ConwayGamecock August 31, 2019 Final: North Carolina (1-0) 24 – South Carolina (0-1) 20 A pretty rough outcome for the season-opener. Lets get right to the Player of the Game selections. I should have made more of an effort to be sure if these would be Gamecock players of the game, or just players of the game, which could possibly be players for the other team. So for this edition, I will do both, and get a better understanding for future games: OFFENSE: QB Sam Howell, North Carolina: a true freshman for 2019, Howell stepped forward and had a stellar game. 15 of 24, 245 yards, 2 TDs and 0 INTs. For all the pre-season talk of him facing a SEC-level defense, Howell performed like a seasoned veteran. (Honorable Mention: RB Javonte Williams DEFENSE: LB Chaz Surratt, North Carolina: a former QB converted to the defense, Surratt led the Tar Heels with 12 total tackles, 1 tackle for loss with the tackle being a QB sack. (Honorable Mention: SS Miles Wolfolk) For South Carolina: OFFENSE: RB Tavien Feaster: a Graduate Transfer, Feaster had 13 carries for 72 yards and 1 TD (Honorable Mention: TE Kyle Markway) DEFENSE: LB Ernest Jones: a sophomore, Jones led the defense with 12 total tackles, with 2 pass break-ups (Honorable Mention: Buck DJ Wonnum)
  3. GAMECOCKFANATICS.COM Players Of The Game "Outback Bowl Edition" Henry Fusco January 04, 2018 Well the 2017 season is now in the books as the Gamecocks close out the season with a Outback Bowl victory over Michigan to finish off a nice 9-4 season. (MORE)
  4. GAMECOCKFANATICS.COM Players Of The Game "Outback Bowl Edition" Henry Fusco January 04, 2018 Well the 2017 season is now in the books as the Gamecocks close out the season with a Outback Bowl victory over Michigan to finish off a nice 9-4 season. Very poor offensive display on the offensive side in First half, but just the opposite in the Second half. Hats off to the Gamecock defense for holding the score down. The Gamecocks would not have won without a strong showing on defense. On the offense picking a winner for the player of the game came down to QB Jake Bentley and RB Rico Dowdle. Jake had a very good 2nd half but I felt like Rico gave the Gamecocks boost so I went with Rico as player of the game in the Outback Bowl even though Jake was named player of the game. For the most part it was an defensive day South Carolina was tough as nails in a low-scoring opening half, and did its best to lock down a solid Michigan running game (2.2 yards a carry). Overall, the Wolverines had fewer than 300 yards, averaged 3.6 per play, converted 2-of-17 third downs and forced five turnovers. On defense there was a lot of players I considered but I gave player of the game to LB T.J. Brunson. NOTABLE South Carolina scored 23 unanswered points in the second half, overcoming a 16-point deficit to defeat Michigan 26-19 in the 2018 Outback Bowl in Tampa, Fla. Quarterback Jake Bentley was named the Outback Bowl MVP after finishing 19-of-32 for 239 yards with a pair of TDs.The Gamecocks finish the season with nine wins, which is tied for the fifth highest in school history.South Carolina now leads the overall series with Michigan, 3-1, with the Gamecocks winning the last two meetings, both in the Outback Bowl. South Carolina’s captains for the game were #8 D.J. Wonnum, #10 Skai Moore, #19 Jake Bentley and #81 Hayden Hurst. Attendance at Raymond James Stadium was 45,687 South Carolina moves its bowl record to 9-13 and its Outback Bowl record to 4-1. South Carolina is now 7-9 against teams in the Big Ten Conference. The Gamecocks have 10 players that started all 13 games this season: QB Jake Bentley, WR Bryan Edwards, TE Hayden Hurst, C Alan Knott, DT Taylor Stallworth, DE D.J. Wonnum, LB T.J. Brunson, LB Skai Moore, S Chris Lammons and CB JaMarcus King. Twelve seniors (Cory Helms, Hayden Hurst, Ulric Jones, JaMarcus King, Alan Knott, Chris Lammons, Skai Moore, D.J. Park, Dante Sawyer, Demetrius Smalls, D.J. Smith, Taylor Stallworth) played their final game in a Gamecock uniform. CB Keisean Nixon made his first career start in the Michigan game. GAME CHANGER South Carolina recovered one of its five forced turnovers with 57 seconds left in third quarter and struck on the next play with a 21-yard pass from Jake Bentley to Bryan Edwards, cutting Michigan’s lead to 19-16. After the Gamecock defense forced Michigan to punt, Bentley found Shi Smith for a 53-yard touchdown pass to give South Carolina the lead for good. KEY STAT 23 — South Carolina scored 23 straight points in the second half to give the Gamecocks the 26-19 win. Carolina was down 19-3 with 5:42 left in the third quarter but went on a six-play 77-yard drive that ended with a 17-yard run from Rico Dowdle with 2:25 left in the quarter. South Carolina took the lead for good on a 53-yard touchdown pass from Jake Bentley to Shi Smith with 11:33 left in the game. Offensive player of the Game Sophomore RB Rico Dowdle 5'11 228lbs Stats: 6 runs for 45 yrards 7.5 average per run 1TD longest run for 30 yards 2018 Outback Bowl USC vs Michigan - Rico Dowdle 17 Yd Touchdown Run 2018 Outback Bowl USC vs Michigan - Rico Dowdle 19 Yd Reception Defensive player of the game Sophomore LB T.J. Brunson 6'1 230lbs Stats: Total tackles 13 Solo tackles 9 sacks 2 total 2 2018 Outback Bowl USC vs Michigan - TJ Brunson Sack #1 2018 Outback Bowl USC vs Michigan - TJ Brunson Sack #2
  5. Gamecockfanatics Players Of The Game vs Florida On Offense & Defense Henry Fusco November 11, 2017 GAME CHANGER With South Carolina holding a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, Jake Bentley’s pass was intercepted by CJ Henderson at the Gamecock 25-yard line. Henderson returned it to the South Carolina 1-yard line, but the ball was poked away by Hayden Hurst and picked up by A.J. Turner to the Gamecock 24. Although they didn’t score, the Gamecocks kept the lead and added to it on a Mon Denson 24-yard rush towards the end of the first quarter. KEY STAT 242 – South Carolina produced a season-high 469 yards on 76 offensive plays in the win over Florida. A.J. Turner ran for a career-high 136 yards while Mon Denson added 61 yards and two touchdowns. Jake Bentley was 19-for-29 for 249 yards and a pair of rushing touchdowns. Offensive player of the game RB A.J. Turner: Ran for a career-high 136 Runner up QB Jake Bentley: 19-for-29 for 249 yards, 3 interceptions and a pair of rushing touchdowns A look on the offensive side The offense piled up 469 yards of total offense, a season high and the second-most against a FBS opponent under Will Muschamp. -The Gamecock rushing attack powered the offense all afternoon, finishing with 220 yards (120 in the first half). The team had not gone over 100 yards on the ground vs. Florida since 2013, and had just 159 yards combined over the last three meetings. The 220 rushing yards are the most against a FBS opponent under Will Muschamp and the most since Oct. 31, 2015 against Texas A&M. South Carolina scored on its opening drive on a four-yard scamper from quarterback Jake Bentley. His third rushing touchdown of the season capped a 7-play, 74-yard drive that was powered by 33 yards on three carries from A.J. Turner and pass completions of 23 yards to Hayden Hurst and 26 yards to Shi Smith. Bentley added a seven-yard score for his fourth rushing touchdown of the year to put the team up 28-13 late in the third quarter. It was the sixth play of a 53-yard drive for Carolina. All four of Bentley’s rushing touchdowns have come over the last three games. -Turner did a little bit of everything for the offense, as the sophomore had a career day for Carolina. The sophomore set career highs for carries (22) yards rushing (136) and caught three passes for a career-high 36 yards. Mon Denson scored his first career touchdown on a 24-yard run with two minutes to go in the first quarter; the run was also the longest of his career. He followed it up with a score from 12 yards on a 4th-and-1 play in the second quarter to give the team a 21-6 lead. The redshirt sophomore finished the game with 61 yards on the ground. The Gamecock offense had scored just 22 points combined in the first half over the last six meetings with Florida before posting 14 points on Saturday afternoon. The Gators held South Carolina without a first-half point altogether in the last two matchups. OreTre Smith led the team’s receiving corps with a career-high five catches for a career-high 60 yards. Jake Bentley moved up to 11th in school history for career passing yards after throwing for 249 on Saturday. He passed Blake Mitchell (in 2005) for tenth in single-season completions, now with 188. -Hayden Hurst cracked the top 20 for career receptions after a five-catch day. He’s now tied with Troy Williamson (2002-04) with 91. Bryan Edwards also moved up the charts on Saturday, with his three catches for 48 yards moving him to 23rd for career catches (with 89). There would be four turnovers in a span of four minutes mid-way through the first quarter. Florida picked off Jake Bentley and appeared to return it for a touchdown, but the ball was jarred loose at the goal line and recovered by Turner, who took it out to the 24. South Carolina punted four plays later, but Florida fumbled the punt back to the Gamecocks. On the first play of the ensuing drive, Bentley was picked offin the end zone by the Gators. South Carolina’s three turnovers in the first quarter alone were the most by the team in a game this season. The previous high was two,against Kentucky, Louisiana Tech and Georgia. The team finished with four turnovers, after entering with just eight combined in the first nine games of the season. Defensive player of the game DL Taylor Stallworth: Rebounded from an injury in the Georgia game to harass Florida’s quarterbacks with five hurries and a pass break-up. Runner up DB Rashad Fenton: Getting tackles forloss DB JaMarcus King: Notching his first career sack A loon on the defensive side Florida finished just 2-of-15 on third-down conversions, and averaged 9.7 yards as the distance to go on third down. With four sacks Saturday, the defense already surpassed 2016’s 13-game total of 21 with two regular season games and a bowl to come. Opponents have scored just six points off South Carolina’s 12 total turnovers this season. The Gamecock defense has held nine of their 10 opponents under their season scoring average after today. South Carolina’s defense forced a 3-and-out in Florida’s opening drive of the game, the first time it has happened this season. The Gamecock defense has turnovers in three opening drives for opponents (Georgia, Arkansas, Kentucky), but had also allowed two touchdowns and two field goals in opening drives. The Gamecocks limited Florida to 48 total yards in the first quarter, only four yards rushing. Taylor Stallworth rebounded from an injury in the Georgia game to harass Florida’s quarterbacks with five hurries and a pass break-up. His career high for hurries entering the game was just two. All told, South Carolina’s defense had nine hurries and six break-ups. True freshman Aaron Sterling recorded his first career sack to snuff out a Florida drive in the fourth quarter. The defensive lineman has played in all 10 games for South Carolina this season. The secondary for South Carolina had a strong game in Florida’s backfield, with Chris Lammons and Rashad Fenton getting tackles for loss and JaMarcus King notching his first career sack. The trio also combined for 10 solo tackles and three pass break-ups. King’s break-up moved him into a tie for eighth with Andre Goodman (1998-01) and Darian Stewart (2006-09) with 20 for his career. Daniel Fennell’s sack in the fourth quarter was his third of the season and second in SEC play. Jamyest Williams’ interception to seal the win was the true freshman’s second of the season. Florida averaged 359 yards of total offense per game, but finished with 301 and its second-lowest rushing total of the season (78 yards). The 78 rushing yards for Florida is the lowest allowed under Will Muschamp and the lowest since UCF had 26 on Sept. 26, 2015. Skai Moore moved up to eighth in school history for career tackles on Saturday, tying Patrick Hinton (1987-90) with 328
  6. Gamecockfanatics.com players of the game vs LA Tech Henry Fusco September 24, 2017 Well where do you start? Offense right? (READ ON)

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