He had one fumble, but otherwise shredded Western’s soft defense for 226 yards and two touchdowns.
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Another solid day, helped by some key third-down throws and a 40-yard strike to Bryan Edwards just before halftime.
The famously conservative coach decided not to sit on a second-quarter lead after his defense finally came up with a stop. The ensuing touchdown was a lot of breathing room.
He booted three field goals to keep USC just far enough ahead.
The Catamounts’ offensive line was submarining USC all day. It was the first time the Gamecocks gave up 30 points all season.
Where were they? Never in their gaps as Western had 236 rushing yards.
USC had second-and-goal from the 3, trying to put the game away, when Helms was flagged for a personal foul. It forced a field goal. Inexcusably foolish play.
USC gave up 275 yards, including a 93-yard return for a touchdown. Could have meant the game.