Thumbs up, thumbs down: USC-UCF
09/28/2013 9:23 PM
09/28/2013 9:50 PM
Bright House Networks Stadium
It’s called “The Bouncehouse,” and there’s a reason why. It really does bounce when the crowd gets going.
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.
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.
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.
Junior punter boomed three kicks for a 47-yard average, including two inside the 20.
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.
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.
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