COLUMBIA, S.C. — Senior quarterback Perry Orth will get another crack at the starting job when South Carolina rolls into Starkville to play Mississippi State on Saturday night.
Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp named Orth the starter during his teleconference on Sunday night.
Orth got the nod last Thursday against Vanderbilt and connected on 11 of 19 passes for 152 yards. He split time with Brandon McIlwain, who came on in relief during the first half of South Carolina’s 13-10 win against the Commodores.
“We’ll see how practice goes, but, obviously, the job Perry did was outstanding. … Right now, Perry will start the game, but Brandon is going to play,” Muschamp said during his call Sunday.
McIlwain, a freshman from Newtown, Pa., went 5 of 11 for 35 yards and added 29 yards rushing before giving way to Orth in the second half. McIlwain also had a critical fumble deep inside Vanderbilt territory.
“When Brandon was in the game, we moved the ball extremely well,” Muschamp said. “We’ve just got to take care of the football. That’s the bottom line.”
Fellow freshman Jake Bentley didn’t play against Vanderbilt, but Muschamp said on Sunday that Bentley will continue to work as the third-string quarterback.
South Alabama QB Dallas Davis completed 24 of 34 passes for 285 yards and a pair of touchdowns in his team’s 21-20 win against Mississippi State.