Conway’s Edwards catches first TD in win over UMass

uscfoot-edwardsSouth Carolina (3-4), led by freshman quarterback Jake Bentley in his first career start, captured a 34-28 win over UMass (1-7) on Saturday afternoon at Williams-Brice Stadium.

The Gamecocks jumped out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter after two one-yard touchdown runs from freshman Rico Dowdle and junior David Williams. The Minutemen answered seven seconds into the second quarter, as Andrew Ford hit Adam Breneman for a 14-yard scoring pass.

Bentley tossed two TD passes in the second quarter, finding sophomore K.C. Crosby on a 16-yard strike before completing a 24-yard pass to Conway High product and freshman Bryan Edwards to put the score to 27-7. Bentley completed 13 of 21 passes in the first half for 168 yards and the two scores.

UMass followed the Edwards completion with a 74-yard streak from Ford to Jalen Williams to close the gap to 27-14 just before halftime. The Gamecocks held UMass to 213 yards in the first half and collected three turnovers from the Minutemen, picking up two fumbles and making one interception.

South Carolina took advantage of a short UMass punt for its fifth touchdown drive. Williams punched in his second score of the game from one yard out to make it 34-14. The Minutemen answered with 10 minutes to go in the game as Ford ran one in from eight yards out.

A 15-play, 74-yard drive late in the fourth quarter, capped by Ford’s 18-yard pass to Breneman, drew UMass to within a score at 34-28. But the Gamecocks strung together four first downs, two on UMass pass-interference flags, to keep the Minutemen from getting another chance with the ball.

Photo courtesy of USC Athletics

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