COLUMBIA, S.C. — Brandon McIlwain’s first start at South Carolina came in his first game at Williams-Brice Stadium.
The South Carolina freshman quarterback was under center when the Gamecocks started their home opener against East Carolina on Saturday.
His first snap resulted in a 9-yard touchdown run after A.J. Turner returned the opening kickoff 80 yards to the Pirates’ 15-yard line. A personal foul penalty moved the ball to the 9.
McIlwain had a strong second half at Mississippi State last Saturday, completing 11 of 22 throws for 126 yards and two touchdowns.
“I thought he did a nice job,” Muschamp said after the 27-14 loss at MSU. “I thought he went in there and created some plays for us.
He has played in South Carolina’s first two games of the season as a backup to starter Perry Orth. He had thrown for two touchdowns and 161 yards on 16 of 33 passing in those games. He also has rushed 18 times for 46 yards.
The 6-foot-1, 200-pound McIlwain enrolled early at South Carolina in January after graduating from Newtown (Pa.) Council Rock North.