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South Carolina Gamecocks at Vanderbilt Commodores: Gamecocks win ugly over 'Dores

Gamecocks let 'Dores hang around with special teams miscues.

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It was a typical South Carolina-Vandy game. Despite having a sizeable talent advantage over a young 'Dores team, Carolina sputtered out of the gate, allowing Darrius Sims to give Vandy a 7-0 lead by returning the opening kickoff for a touchdown and later a 14-0 lead off a Patton Robinette TD pass.

Carolina woke up from that point, scoring 17 points in the second quarter to take a lead to the locker room. The last TD came on an impressive pick-six by Brison Williams right at the end of the half.

The Gamecocks got the ball first in the second half, and they took advantage by extending its lead to ten when Dylan Thompson found Shaq Roland in the end zone for a touchdown. It seemed like Carolina was now firmly in control, but the Gamecocks inexplicably kicked off to Darrius Sims again, who again returned the kick for a touchdown. The two teams traded field goals to keep Carolina's lead at three going into the final quarter.

Carolina finally took over the game in the fourth quarter, scoring 21 points in the quarter to Vandy's ten to take a 48-34 win back to Columbia. Among the key plays that occurred in the quarter were a long run out of the wildcat by Pharoh Cooper and David Williams getting his first touchdown.

Yep, it was a typical Carolina-Vandy game.