No tricks, just treats for these Gamecocks on Saturday night with their 24-21 win over the No. 18-ranked Volunteers.
For the first time since 2009, an unranked South Carolina squad upset a ranked opponent - thanks in large part to a number of standout performances.
QB Jake Bentley
Ho-hum. All the Gamecocks’ quarterback did was go 15-20 for 167 yards, 2 TD and, most importantly, zero turnovers.
On the year, Bentley is completely just under 70% of his passes, for a total of 368 yards and a 4-0 TD-to-INT ratio.
The freshman continues to showcase the arm, elusiveness and overall awareness that made him a highly-touted prospect. His solid play on Saturday night earned him new admirers all over the country.
What a performance by South Carolina & Jake Bentley. Made all the plays they needed to make. Nice win to build future of Muschamp’s program— Peter Burns (@PeterBurnsESPN) October 30, 2016
CB Jamarcus King
The Gamecocks’ junior cornerback was spectacular on Saturday night. King helped limit the QB Joshua Dobbs to just 12-26 and 2 INT.
The best part of those interceptions? They all came courtesy of the new No. 7 on defense.
King has given the Gamecocks’ secondary a much-needed boost - a unit that will continue to be counted on with road games against Florida and Clemson looming.
WR Deebo Samuel
His second game back in the lineup after a lengthy bout with a bum hamstring, Samuel again lead the Gamecocks in receiving with eight catches for 83 yards.
The highlight being this insane one-handed grab, while also drawing a pass interference penalty...
In the last two weeks, the Inman, S.C. native has caught 16 balls for 189 yards, along with 3 carries for 37 yards.
RB Rico Dowdle
Dowdle was a monster on Saturday night - showing off his speed, vision and power.
The Gamecocks’ other freshman in the backfield carried the ball a workhorse-like 27 times for 127 yards and a touchdown. Dowdle averaged 4.7 ypc against a stout Tennessee defense.
In his last two games, the freshman running back has 43 carries for 214 yards and 2 TD - averaging just under 5.0 ypc.
DT Ulric Jones
Big Ulric Jones played a huge role in the Gamecocks keeping the Vols’ vaunted rushing attack in check.
It’s rare that a defensive tackle leads a team in tackles, but Jones did just that on Saturday night, clogging up the interior of the line and notching 6 total tackles.
- DL Dante Sawyer: 2 tackles (1 solo), 2 QB Hurries
- WR Bryan Edwards: 4 catches, 41 yards, 1 TD
- LB Jonathan Walton: 4 tackles (2 solo), 1.0 Sack, 2.0 TFL
- TE K.C. Crosby: 1 catch, 35 yards, 1 TD, 1 JuJu on that beat