Thumbs up, thumbs down: USC-UCF

09/28/2013 9:23 PM

09/28/2013 9:50 PM

THUMBS UP

Bright House Networks Stadium

It’s called “The Bouncehouse,” and there’s a reason why. It really does bounce when the crowd gets going.

Mike Davis

The sophomore tailback rushed for 167 yards on 26 carries and scored on a 53-yard run early in the third quarter to jump-start the USC offense.

Damiere Byrd

The junior wide receiver caught five passes for 74 yards, including a 38-yard reception to set up a touchdown, and played an integral role in the offense.

Jimmy Legree

The senior cornerback made a huge interception in the third quarter on a receiver pass that set up USC’s 34-yard touchdown drive for a 21-10 lead.

Tyler Hull

Junior punter boomed three kicks for a 47-yard average, including two inside the 20.

THUMBS DOWN

Shaq Roland

The sophomore wide receiver was suspended for the game for a violation of athletics department policy.

Connor Shaw injury

USC’s starting quarterback went down with a shoulder sprain on the team’s first drive while fumbling on the play.

First-half offense

The Gamecocks were shut out in the first half for the first time since the Papajohns.com Bowl loss to UConn to complete the 2009 season.

Second-half defensive lapses

The defense allowed pass plays of 73 and 79 yards to let the Knights back into the game after the offense built an 18-point lead.

Neil White

 

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