South Carolina vs. Texas A&M: 3 things we learned
1. Texas A&M won 24-13. The Aggies, which were a 17.5-point favorite, are 3-0 all-time in this short-lived series.
2. Saturday was USC’s first October home loss since 2011. After losing to Auburn 16-13 on Oct. 1 that year, USC won six consecutive October games at Williams-Brice Stadium.
3. Texas A&M entered the game averaging 43 points and 546 yards per game. The Aggies gained 422 yards on Saturday and didn’t have a 100-yard rusher or receiver.
4. South Carolina’s captains were Bryson Allen-Williams, Zach Bailey, Darius English and Marquavius Lewis.
5. The game was not a sellout. Attendance was 78,245.
6. Approximately 50 former lettermen trailed the Gamecocks in their traditional walk through lines of fans in Gamecock Park.
7. South Carolina played without its two leading wide receivers. Neither sophomore Deebo Samuel nor freshman Bryan Edwards dressed for the game because of hamstring injuries.
8. Wide receiver Chavis Dawkins and offensive tackle Malik Young made their first career starts vs. Texas A&M. Dawkins finished the game with five catches for 17 yards. Young replaced D.J. Park at right tackle.
9. Two of USC’s seven touchdowns this season have come with 17 seconds or less elapsed into the game. A.J. Turner’s 75-yard rushing touchdown vs. Texas A&M happened 13 seconds into the game. Against East Carolina, the Gamecocks scored 17 seconds into regulation on a nine-yard run by Brandon McIlwain.
10. Turner’s run was the longest run by a Gamecock since 2013, when Mike Davis had a pair of 75-yard plays.
11. Freshman running back Rico Dowdle made his debut, finishing with 47 yards on nine carries.
12. All of Perry Orth’s action came in the fourth quarter. The senior completed 11-of-17 passes for 138 yards.
13. South Carolina averaged 6.3 yards per play with Orth at quarterback versus 4.1 with McIlwain.
14. Four Gamecocks completed a pass in the game: Orth, McIlwain, Hayden Hurst and Sean Kelly. It was the first time that happened since Nov. 23, 2013, against Coastal Carolina that USC had four or more players complete a pass (Connor Shaw, Dylan Thompson, Perry Orth, Austin Hails, Brendan Nosovitch in 2013).
15. Kelly’s completion to Hayden Hurst in the third quarter was the second successful punt fake of the punter’s USC career. The 36-yard completion is tied for the second-longest of the season for South Carolina.
16. Hurst had 90 yards receiving, a new career high. He leads the team with 24 receptions for 302 yards. The former minor-league pitcher also completed a pass to Turner off a reverse.
17. USC’s offense had a season-best 378 total yards. The 161 yards rushing also was a season high.
18. Javon Charleston, who was moved to defensive back in the preseason and moved back to receiver this week, had his first career catch, a 12-yard reception.
19. Elliott Fry is 14 points from passing Collin Mackie as the Gamecocks’ career-leading scorer. Fry left six points on the field Saturday when he missed two field goals, each from 43 yards.
20. Defensive back D.J. Smith had a career-high nine tackles Saturday and leads the team with 32 on the season.
21. True freshman Keir Thomas made his first career start at defensive tackle and finished the game with five tackles.
22. True freshman linebacker T.J. Brunson had a career-high four tackles and a quarterback hurry.
23. Darius English has a career-high five sacks on the season after his takedown of Texas A&M QB Trevor Knight. English also forced a fumble on the play, his second this season and fifth of his career. He is second in the SEC in sacks, behind LSU defensive end and former USC commitment Arden Key.
24. The Gamecocks have fumbled three punts, losing two of them, this season. On Saturday, cornerback Jamarcus King fumbled a punt with fewer than four minutes left. He was in his first game as the team’s punt returner after replacing Rashad Fenton, who had fumbled earlier in the game.
25. The Gamecocks wore their fifth uniform in five games. The Gamecocks were clad in black helmets and jerseys with white pants.