I’m coming to you live for the first time since Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C. I’m really excited to be here since this is where they filmed one of my favorite movies “The Program” and home to the ESU Timberwolves. The Timberwolves ironically defeated Mississippi State 28-20 in the season opener at “Wolfden Stadium”. Outside the stadium I had the urge to yell out “Starting defense, place at the table!” and proceed to put my head through the rear window of a Ford Explorer…but I refrained.
Anyways, Mississippi State has arrived at the stadium and are walking the field as I type this. I’ll be here through the duration today so stay tuned to the blog for updates.
Some of the specialists for both teams are out on the field warming up. MSU will wear its matte maroon helmets with white facemasks and white uniforms.
MSU quarterback Tyler Russell is going through warm-ups without a limp. Wide receivers Jeremey Chappelle and Brandon Holloway, safety Nickoe Whitley and offensive guard Ben Beckwith are dressed out. Quay Evans is not dressed out with the defensive linemen warming up. I don’t think he made the trip.
The rooster crowed to tell us it’s an hour to kickoff.
USC quarterback Connor Shaw is dressed out and going through warm-ups. He was named as the starter by the P.A. announcer.
MSU true freshmen Jamaal Clayborn (guard) and Artimas Samuel (tight end) are dressed for a second straight game.
Dak Prescott at quarterback for MSU by the P.A. announcer.
Very cool that they hold a prayer prior to kickoff here at Carolina.
State won the toss and deferred to the second half. Gamecocks will wear their white helmets with black facemasks and garnet uniforms.
Shaw does indeed start the game for Carolina.
Whitley starts at safety, Prescott at quarterback for the Bulldogs.
Prescott with a 1-yard touchdown run. Evan Sobiesk PAT, 7-0 MSU 8:46 1st
Shaw with a 14-yard touchdown pass to Shaq Roland. Elliott Fry PAT, 7-7 6:23 1st.
I haven’t seen anyone be able to block Sharrod Golightly on the edge. He’s made some great one-on-one tackles so far.
Devon Bell is the first punter the Bulldogs use.
Prescott picked off by Skai Moore at the USC 46-yard line.
Benardrick McKinney with his first sack of the season.
Shaw with a 43-yard touchdown pass to Roland. Fry PAT, 14-7 USC 1:20 1st.
END 1ST QUARTER: SOUTH CAROLINA 14, MSU 7
Prescott picked off again by T.J. Holloman and returned to the MSU 41-yard line.
Fry with a career-long 44-yard field goal, 17-7 USC 11:25 2nd.
Bell with a 62-yard punt downed by Justin Cox at the 5-yard line. That’s a career-long punt for Bell and the longest of the season for MSU.
Sobiesk 38-yard field goal, 17-10 USC 4:15 2nd.
South Carolina has four three-and-outs in the first half.
Poor time management by the Bulldogs to end the first half. Time expires on them after burning back-to-back timeouts.
HALFTIME: South Carolina 17, MSU 10
Key halftime stats:
First downs: MSU 12; USC 6
Rushing yards: MSU 103; USC 36
Passing yards: MSU 93; USC 111
Total yards: MSU 196; USC 147
Turnovers: MSU 2; USC 0
Penalties: MSU 3-10; USC 2-10
Possession time: MSU 18:55; USC 11:05
Rushing: MSU – Dak Prescott 7-51-TD; USC – Mike Davis 7-46
Passing: MSU – Dak Prescott 14-23-93-0-2; USC – Connor Shaw 6-15-111-2-0
Receiving: MSU – Robert Johnson 5-34; USC – Shaq Roland 2-57-2 TD
Tackles: MSU – Benardrick McKinney 2, Kendrick Market 2, Deontae Skinner 2, Nickoe Whitley 2; USC – Brison Williams 6
Prescott fumbles and is recovered by Golightly and returned to the MSU 23-yard line.
Shaw with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Damiere Byrd. Fry PAT, 24-10 USC 12:54 3rd.
Shaw with his fourth touchdown of the day to Jarrell Adams from 4-yards out. Fry PAT, 31-10 USC 7:52 3rd.
Prescott throws his third interception of the day. This time to Chaz Elder. That’s Prescott’s fourth turnover.
END 3rd Quarter: South Carolina 34, MSU 10
And they’re playing Ric Flair’s entrance music.
Prescott with an 11-yard touchdown run. Two-point pass failed, 34-16 USC 5:38 4th.
Headed down to the field. Update after I finish writing.
FINAL: South Carolina 34, Mississippi State 16