SC makes just enough plays to edge Louisiana Tech

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Posted: Sep. 22, 2017 8:00 am Updated: Sep.

That was true at least for three quarters, before USC had five plays of 24 or more yards in its final nine snaps to complete a sudden rally from down 13 against Louisiana Tech.

"I'm proud of them and the way they competed", said Tech head coach Skip Holtz.

SC winning at home against Louisiana Tech isn't something most would have considered improbable.

The winning was an immediate balm for SC. He also coached at South Florida before coming to Louisiana Tech.

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The last meeting between these two teams was in 1995, and the Gamecocks torched the Bulldogs, 68-21. But South Carolina hired Steve Spurrier instead.

Skip Holtz was part a SC staff that went 17-7 and won two Outback Bowls over Ohio State in 2000 and 2001, at the time the best two-year stretch in school history.

"We've been close", Holtz said. "Shi Smith is a freshman we are trying to train up. I'll remember how special it was to coach there".

Muschamp announced after the game that senior linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams will be lost for the season because of a shoulder injury. But he had surgery Sunday and it's unknown how long he'll be out.

"There's a lot of football ahead of us, and I have a lot of confidence in Parker", Muschamp said.

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REPLACING DEEBO: South Carolina has looked at multiple options to fill in for injured receiver Deebo Samuels. On 3rd and 10 he made a decision to take care of it himself, rushing 24 yards for the first down plus more.

The Gamecocks were unable to get on the board until the fourth quarter.

SC beat Louisiana Tech by a score of 17-16.

Parker White heard the boos as he missed two field goals earlier in the game.

Bentley knew he had to get the ball down the field so his roommate could win it. The North Carolina transfer got zero carries against N.C. State and Kentucky, but against Louisiana Tech and Missouri, he posted the Gamecocks' two best yardage totals of the season. So far, that hasn't happened. Smith's favorite target has been junior Teddy Veal, who has caught 15 passes for 133 yards, but the Bulldogs' most explosive receiver is sophomore Rhashid Bonnette, who has averaged 37 yards per catch, aided by an 87-yard touchdown. The Gamecocks trailed the Bulldogs going into halftime, 6-0. SC has not done as well, outscoring its three opponents just 14-13 in the final period. Tech hit the 33-yard field goal to take a 3-0 lead late in the first quarter.

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The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Summerville, S.C. native finished the game with six receptions for 122 yards, providing just enough offense to lift a SC unit playing its first game of the year without leading wide receiver and special teams superstar Deebo Samuel. Limiting the mistakes of quarterback Jake Bentley, who threw for 304 yards against the Wildcats but also had a pair of interceptions, will help as would getting more production out of the running game.

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