By limiting the Bulldogs to 296 yards and 10 points on offense, the defensive side gave the team a chance to pull out a win.
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The point guard-turned-wide-receiver threw the first completion of his career out of the wildcat formation for a 16-yard gain on a third-down play during USC’s first scoring drive. He rushed four times for 25 yards and caught four passes for 32 more.
His fourth-quarter interception sealed the win, and his 12 tackles were a game high. The junior safety made plays all over the field, including a few huge hits that leveled MSU ball carriers.
When in doubt, the Gamecocks go to their junior receiver, especially in the end zone. His leaping four-yard grab in the fourth quarter from Connor Shaw provided the game-winning points.
Marcus Lattimore’s injury
The sophomore tailback’s season may be in jeopardy after a left knee sprain. Held to 39 yards on 17 carries during a tough day, he went down with his injury during the game-winning drive.
The Gamecocks mustered just 289 yards of total offense – 179 through the air – and only two good drives to escape with the narrow win. The offensive line struggled to get a good push all day and also allowed three sacks.