Freshman running back David Williams, whom running backs coach Everette Sands desired to redshirt this season, suited up for No. 13 South Carolina’s 35-28 win against Kentucky on Saturday but did not play.
Sands said earlier in the week that he was hesitant to use Williams unless he really had to, hoping to keep the redshirt intact.
“We were hoping where if the game got reasonable, he would (play),” coach Steve Spurrier said.
The plan was to use Mike Davis and Shon Carson as much as possible, with an eye on Carson, who had not had many productive days during his injury-marred career. Those two handled the rushing load for USC, and Williams’ redshirt was preserved for at least one more game.
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Davis rushed 21 times for 106 yards and two touchdowns, while also catching three passes for 54 yards. When the game got tight, the Gamecocks turned to him, and he again responded.
Carson had the best day of his career, with three carries for 7 yards and one catch for 7 yards.
Normal backup running back Brandon Wilds is out for at least 3-4 weeks with a dislocated elbow. He did not dress.
Elliott Fry booted field goals of 40 and 41 yards to make him 5-for-5 for the season. Fry also was perfect on three PAT attempts to make him 18-of-19 for the year, with the only miss on a dropped hold.
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Spurrier notched his 20th career win against Kentucky, against one loss. He is the only active coach to have 20 wins against one school.
USC participated in an in-game promotion for the third straight week. All players and coaches wore some variation of pink in the uniform to promote awareness and the fight against breast cancer.
Coaches wore black polo shirts with pink inside collars, pink Under Armour logos and a pink outline around the Block C logo. Players wore undershirts with pink sleeves, pink socks, pink wristbands and other accoutrements.
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Basketball coach Frank Martin was an honorary captain for the game and participated in the coin toss. He and his team also were recognized on the field after the first quarter.
USC’s game captains were Kelcy Quarles, A.J. Cann, Jimmy Legree and Connor McLaurin.
USC held a pregame moment of silence in memory of recently deceased coach Paul Dietzel. The band also played the full version of the Dietzel-penned fight song.
As expected, Connor Shaw started the game despite injuring his shoulder on the first series against Central Florida. Dylan Thompson came in for the Gamecocks’ fourth series but did not play again.
“It’s all right,” Shaw said of his bruised shoulder, also claiming that he lived in the treatment room all week. “It’s good. It will be fine.”
Center Cody Waldrop did not dress. Clayton Stadnik started at center for the third time in four games.
Tight end Rory Anderson played but did not start after missing a couple of days of practice with a back injury. Jerell Adams started in his place.
Defensive tackle Phillip Dukes (sprained left knee) played but did not start.
Jadeveon Clowney (bruised ribs) also did not play after telling coaches that he was hurting before the game.
Bruce Ellington has a right hand contusion.