South Carolina’s season did not begin on a promising note, and neither did its game against UCF on Saturday. But a relentless second-half comeback led by quarterback Lorenzo Nunez, receiver Pharoh Cooper and a rejuvenated defense did wonders to renew the collective hope of Gamecocks fans, who were relieved to see their team improve to 2-2.
The game’s up-and-down nature also coaxed social media reactions out of a few notable South Carolina graduates during and after this weekend’s 31-14 victory at Williams-Brice Stadium. A few highlights include:
Wow orth. Go put your headset back on and sit down
— Mark Anderson (@mark_andersonsc) September 26, 2015
Pro golfer Mark Anderson, who has competed in the PGA Tour and Web.com Tour, expressed the same exasperation felt by several onlookers in the first half. With Nunez struggling early, coach Steve Spurrier sent in backup Perry Orth for a series. Orth threw three incompletions as South Carolina went three-and-out, drawing the ire of Anderson (and likely many others).
Flipping between the USC game and the Chelsea game has been all sorts of trash
— Michael Roth (@mtRoth29) September 26, 2015
Former Gamecocks pitcher Michael Roth, currently a member of the Cleveland Indians farm system, was likewise unimpressed with how his alma mater performed early in this game.
— Dylan Thompson (@DylanPThompson) September 26, 2015
But once South Carolina retook the lead, much of that first-half frustration flew right out the window. Count former quarterback Dylan Thompson among those pleased by the rally that Nunez (@Zodabeast10) and Cooper (@KingTutt_chdown) helped ignite.
Impressive debut for Lorenzo Nunez.
— Erik Kimrey (@ErikKimrey) September 26, 2015
Former Gamecocks quarterback Erik Kimrey — now a high school football coach in South Carolina — joined in on the Nunez praise.
Yeah that was my last time watching Carolina prolly…….I'll watch when I hear they playing like Carolina and not the weakest team in SEC
— DJ Swearinger (@JungleBoi_Swagg) September 20, 2015
Former South Carolina safety D.J. Swearinger sent the above tweet after the Week 3 loss to UGA. He may have kept his word, since his Twitter account shows no mention of Saturday’s win yet. SECCountry.com will be sure to keep an eye on whether the Gamecocks start “playing like Carolina” in Swearinger’s eyes.