Jake Bentley ran for a pair of scores and threw for another as the South Carolina Gamecocks beat Vanderbilt, 34-27, on Saturday in Columbia, S.C. The win improves the Gamecocks to 6-2 overall, making them bowl eligible.
South Carolina-Vanderbilt recap
South Carolina 34, Vanderbilt 27 (4Q, 1:10): A fourth-down pass falls incomplete and South Carolina will get the ball back with 1:10 left in the game. The Commodores have two timeouts remaining. That should be it for the Gamecocks.
South Carolina 34, Vanderbilt 27 (4Q, 4:50): Vanderbilt’s 4-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Shurmer to C.J. Duncan capped a 14-play, 77-yard scoring drive.
South Carolina 34, Vanderbilt 20 (4Q, 9:42): Parker White hits a 39-yard field goal, to give the Gamecocks a 2-touchdown lead with just under 10 minutes left to play.
South Carolina 31, Vanderbilt 20 (3Q, 3:54): Jake Bentley scored his second rushing touchdown of the game on an 11-yard scamper. The drive went 72 yards on 8 plays, taking 5:01 off the clock.
South Carolina 24, Vanderbilt 20 (3Q, 8:55): The 47-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Shurmer went to Kalija Lipscomb. Rashad Fenton was in on the coverage for South Carolina.
South Carolina 24, Vanderbilt 13 (2Q, 2:51): Parker White’s hot streak continues with a 44-yard field goal.
South Carolina 21, Vanderbilt 13 (2Q, 5:28): Jake Bentley connected with Shi Smith on a 36-yard touchdown pass on a well-executed RPO. The drive, which lasted 5 plays and 1:57, went 75 yards.
South Carolina 14, Vanderbilt 13 (2Q, 7:25): On third-down, Vanderbilt connected on an 8-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Shurmer to C.J. Duncan. Jamyest Williams was on the coverage. D.J. Wonnum blocked the Commodores extra-point attempt.
South Carolina 14, Vanderbilt 7 (1Q, 1:01): A.J. Turner’s 1-yard touchdown run was setup by a couple of critical plays, including an unnecessary roughness call against Vanderbilt, which prolonged South Carolina’s drive. Turner then used a 24-yard run, which he followed with the scoring leap.
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South Carolina 7, Vanderbilt 7 (1Q, 10:25): Jake Bentley and the Gamecocks offense answered when Bentley scored on a 19-yard touchdown run. It was the first rushing touchdown of his career and the longest run of the season.
Vanderbilt 7, South Carolina (1Q, 12:06): The Commodores marched down field on the first possession of the game, to take the first lead of the afternoon. The scoring drive was a 6-play, 75-yard jaunt that lasted 2:54.
South Carolina-Vanderbilt game time, information
When: Saturday, October 28, 2017
Time: 4 p.m. ET
Where: Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, S.C.
TV: SEC Network
Line: South Carolina (-7)
South Carolina-Vanderbilt preview
Not looking ahead
Will Muschamp’s first win in his second stint as a head coach in the SEC came in last season’s opener against the Commodores. At 5-2 (3-2 SEC) with the SEC East chase still unsettled, South Carolina’s second-year coach won’t look ahead to next weekend’s game against Georgia.
Not that he would for another game It’s truly a one-week-season for the Gamecocks, as they head down the back stretch of the 2017 schedule. But a win would clinch a bowl trip for the second-straight year.
“We’re focused on Vanderbilt right now. Anything past that really doesn’t matter,” Muschamp said. “We have to accomplish what we need to accomplish on Saturday afternoon. That’s been our focus. We haven’t talked about anything other than Vanderbilt in our organization.”
Recruit watch Saturday
Channing Tindall, Asante Samuel Jr., Dylan Wonnum and Divaad Wilson are the top 2018 prospects confirmed as visitors for Saturday. Given the lack of space left for the Gamecocks in that haul, it’s a solid number of guests for the game against Vanderbilt.
If I had to say one of those guys might commit to South Carolina this weekend, I’d go with Tindall, even though I don’t necessarily think it’s going to happen.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s possible, but the 4-star linebacker from Spring Valley High School (Columbia, S.C.) might have another visit or two to take before he’s ready to make a decision. He did go to Georgia a few weeks ago for the Mississippi State game, which I’m told helped the Bulldogs pick up ground.
But we’ll see. Again, I wouldn’t rule it out. But I also wouldn’t count on it, like I’m about to do with the other three.
Hale McGranahan: South Carolina 34, Vanderbilt 10
It’s 2017 and if you’re not passing the ball, you’re boring.
Be boring, Kurt Roper. Just not too boring. I mean, mix it up. Get a lot of people involved doing a lot of different things. But run the ever-loving heck out of the ball against Vanderbilt.
Just do it, even if the homecoming crowd starts getting antsy and wants to see Jake Bentley throw the ball to Hayden Hurst.
For crying out loud, look at what happened in Derek Mason’s signature win over Kansas State. The Wildcats lost and still rushed for 201 yards and 5.74 per carry. That was good work by the Commodores, relative to what happened over the next couple of weeks:
- Alabama: 496 yards, 7.52 yards per carry, 6 touchdowns
- Florida: 218 yards, 4.27 yards per carry, 5 touchdowns
- Georgia: 423 yards, 7.83 yards per carry, 4 touchdowns
- Ole Miss: 252 yards, 6.15 yards per carry, 3 touchdowns
Yeah, Bama is big and bad and Georgia’s backs are awesome, but Ole freakin’ Miss even went 250-plus and scored 3 times on the ground.
Ty’Son Williams and A.J. Turner or A.J. Turner and Ty’Son Williams – let’s see them, early and often. Sprinkle in some jet sweeps: Turner, Hurst, Bryan Edwards, Shi Smith.