Gamecocks steamroll over Furman for much-needed win

uscfoot-davisSouth Carolina’s ground attack produced 267 yards and three touchdowns on the day as the Gamecocks defeated Furman 41-10 on Homecoming this afternoon at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Redshirt senior quarterback Dylan Thompson opened up the game by going four-of-five on Carolina’s opening drive, culminating in a 15-yard fade route to junior wide receiver Shaq Roland in the back of the end zone. It didn’t take Furman long to respond, as Hank McCloud, on the Paladins’ fourth play of their drive, found an opening on the right side and took the ball 60 yards down the sideline to the end zone to equalize the game.

Starting on their own 25-yard line on their next possession, Thompson led the Gamecocks back down the field before an 11-yard rush from junior tailback Shon Carson and a five-yard touchdown run from junior running back Mike Davis finished off the drive to give South Carolina a 14-7 lead with 5:29 left in the first quarter.

After the teams traded fumbles, the Gamecocks began their next drive with a 25-yard rush to the left side from Davis. The tailback accounted for 19 more yards before Thompson lofted a pass down field to junior Jerrell Adams, which the tight end took into the end zone for a career-long 45-yard reception, his first touchdown of the season.

With 3:22 left in the second quarter, sophomore linebacker Skai Moore came up with a fumble recovery at the Furman 28-yard line. A two-yard run by Davis was followed by the tailback catching a 24-yard pass that moved the ball down to the Paladins’ two-yard line. Davis punched it in for his second score of the game to extend Carolina’s lead to 28-7 with 2:32 left in the half.

A fumble on the Gamecocks’ opening possession of the second half was turned into three points for the Paladins as Hunter Townes converted on a 29-yard field goal to cut the deficit to 28-10 just over five minutes into the half. Eight plays and 84 yards later, including a 56-yard scamper by Carson down to the one-yard line, set up his second touchdown of the season to extend South Carolina’s lead to 35-10.

Two plays later, sophomore safety Chris Moody made his first-career interception and returned it 26 yards down to the Furman 36-yard line. Sophomore kicker Elliott Fry gave the Gamecocks a 38-10 advantage with a 27-yard field goal with 5:17 remaining in the quarter. Fry pushed the lead to 31 on Carolina’s next possession with a 23-yard field goal as redshirt freshman tailback David Williams accounted for 51 yards on four carries on the nine-play, 62-yard drive.

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