The freshman QB bounced back from two turnovers and being sacked five times to lead the team on an 80-yard scoring drive in the fourth quarter, and had 76 yards passing in USC’s final drive.
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Samuel remains Bentley’s favorite target. Of his four receptions Saturday, Samuel fought through tacklers and turned a decent gain into a 17-yard reception.
USC forced three first-half turnovers to keep the game in reach. Linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams forced one fumble and recovered another. Linebacker T.J. Holloman had an interception, the eighth of his career.
The fourth-string tailback converted two first downs on the Gamecocks’ scoring drive, including a 19-yard reception on a fourth-down play.
The Gamecocks struggled to make tackles in the first half, especially on the perimeter, as Florida had 257 of its 372 yards of total offense in the first two quarters.
The USC offense was slowed by some untimely drops, with coach Will Muschamp describing drops by Bryan Edwards and Hayden Hurst as “critical.”
The junior corner was beat in the second quarter on a passing touchdown, and had trouble with tackling and run support.
Bentley was sacked five times and the running game (43 net yards) never got going.