Parker White missed a pair of field goals against Louisiana Tech. But for the walk-on, the third time was the charm.
White made a 31-yard field goal with four seconds remaining as South Carolina erased a 13-point deficit in the fourth quarter to defeat the Bulldogs, 17-16, at Williams-Brice Stadium. The Gamecocks improve to 3-1 on the season with the victory.
The Gamecocks were held off the scoreboard for the first 45 minutes as they trailed 13-0 going into the fourth quarter, but an inspired effort on defense and a poised late performance by Jake Bentley led to fourteen unanswered points for the home team. A nice 28-yard catch and run score by OrTre Smith - his second TD in as many weeks - pulled the Gamecocks to within 13-7 with just under four minutes gone in the final frame. Then, with 4:52 left, following a 39-yard catch by Bryan Edwards, Ty’Son Williams zipped it in from 35 yards out to go to make it 14-13 Gamecocks. With 58 seconds left to play and the ball sitting 25 yards out, things fell to LA Tech’s Jonathan Barnes, who calmly kicked it through the uprights to make it a 16-14 Bulldogs lead.
That gave Bentley and the Gamecocks one final chance. With his team facing third and 10 at their own 21, Bentley escaped pressure and broke off a huge 24-yard first-down run to move the chains and put his team at the 45. On the next play, he hit Bryan Edwards with a big-time 41-yard pass to the 15 to give White, who had missed twice earlier in the game and had yet to make a field goal in four attempts thus far this season, a chance to win. The walk-on stepped up and nailed it in what turned out to be the game-winning play.
South Carolina returns to SEC play next week as they visit Texas A&M in College Station. That is an 7:30pm ET kick next Saturday on the SEC Network.
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