Thompson threw for 237 yards and three touchdowns, and he ran for
another score as South Carolina rallied from 14 points down Saturday
night to beat Vanderbilt 48-34.
now has 202 Southeastern Conference wins, breaking a tie with Vince
Dooley and putting him second only to Bryant (292). Spurrier also got
his 20th win all-time against the Commodores.
Gamecocks (3-1, 2-1) started slow coming off their 38-35 win over
Georgia in their first road trip this season. They got going by
scoring 17 points in the second quarter, part of 24 straight points
that gave them the lead for good, and beat Vanderbilt for a sixth
straight time in this series.
Sims returned two kickoffs for touchdowns for Vanderbilt. The
Commodores (1-3, 0-2) pulled to 34-27 with 5:57 left but couldn't get
already has played the most combined freshmen in the country, and the
Commodores lost starting quarterback Patton Robinette to an apparent
injury after he threw a TD pass for a 14-0 lead late in the first
quarter. Freshman Wade Freebeck replaced Robinette, and he drove the
Commodores to two field goals by Tommy Openshaw in the second half.
just wasn't enough against the Gamecocks who answered with two TDs in
the final 4:35. Pharoh Cooper set up the first, a 1-yard TD plunge by
Thompson, with a 70-yard run off the wildcat after Vandy pulled within
finished 22 of 34 passing with his TD passes to three different
players as he completed passes to seven receivers. South Carolina
outgained Vanderbilt 449-379 in total offense, and the Gamecocks
turned two turnovers into 14 points, including a 53-yard interception
return by Brison Williams late in the first half.
tied an NCAA record in the Football Bowl Subdivision with his two TDs
off kick returns in the same game, the 18th time that's happened and
first since 2012. He returned the opening kick 91 yards for a TD and
then took Vanderbilt's first kickoff in the second half 100 yards to
pull the Commodores within 24-21.
got the start first-year coach Derek Mason needed off Sims' kickoff
return. Robinette made it 14-0 with an 8-yard TD pass to C.J. Duncan
in the final minute of the first quarter. Vanderbilt held the ball for
more than 9 minutes and outgained the Gamecocks 86-30.
Robinette went to the locker room with an apparent injury after he
started 4 of 5 for 55 yards. Freebeck came on, and the Commodores
Gamecocks took control scoring with a 45-yard field goal by Elliott
Fly, a 29-yard pass from Thompson to Damiere Byrd for a TD. Vanderbilt
was driving when Freebeck threw off his back foot and was intercepted
had its chances to recover three fumbles in the second half only to
see the Gamecocks get the ball back each time.
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