His two long kickoff returns - 61 and 49 yards - set up both USC touchdowns in the first half and made him USC's career leader in kickoff yardage as a junior. The 49-yarder was a crowd-pleasing broken-tackle special.
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The true freshman's touchdown catches of 10, 28 and 22 yards, the second a spectacular one-handed grab, showed he's the new go-to guy. He finished with seven catches for 138 yards.
The redshirt freshman running back, who had 100 yards on 17 carries, made a string of big runs in the fourth quarter when USC needed them most. His 26-yard burst up the middle to the Kentucky 1 set up the final touchdown, and his 13-yard run on the final drive gave the Gamecocks the last first down they needed to clinch the game.
Sure, he had a good throwing day with 233 yards and three touchdowns, but it was a pair of runs that stood out. One was a 1-yard sneak for the score that put USC up 28-20 in the final quarter, and the other was a leaping 5-yard run to convert a third-down play and help the Gamecocks run out the clock.
With the No. 25 team playing a key conference game on what turned out to be a nice afternoon, far fewer than the announced total of 68,278 showed up. And the ones who were there weren't boisterous enough to create much of a home-field advantage.