The Gamecock football team rallied from 14-0 down Saturday afternoon at East Carolina for a 20-17 win as Parker White booted a 36-yard field goal on the game’s final play. The Gamecocks improved to 2-0 on the young season thanks to White’s heroics and a defense that kept the game close while the offense struggled.
The Gamecocks were down 14-0 late in the second quarter when linebacker Damani Staley scored on a 63-yard pass interception return. They tied the game late in the third quarter on a 13-yard Zeb Noland to Dakereon Joyner touchdown pass.
The teams traded field goals in the middle part of the fourth quarter. The Gamecocks got a defensive stop and the ball back with 4:54 to play. With freshman running back Juju McDowell carrying the load on the ground, the offense steadily moved down the field going 54 yards in 10 plays and using all but three seconds of the clock. Parker came on and split the uprights for the sixth game winning kick of his career.
The defense limited the Pirates to 263 total yards, 75 of that coming on a touchdown pass on the first play of the game. The Gamecocks totaled five sacks, eight tackles for loss and two interceptions.
The Gamecocks are now 2-0 matching their win total for all of last season. They will open SEC play Saturday night at Georgia.
The men’s and women’s SEC basketball schedules were released this week. The men will open and close their league slate against Auburn, first at home January 4 and then on the road March.
Men’s SEC basketball schedule
- Tues., Jan. 4, Auburn
- Sat., Jan. 8, at Vanderbilt
- Tues., Jan. 11, at Tennessee
- Sat., Jan. 15, Florida
- Tues., Jan. 18, at Arkansas
- Sat., Jan. 22, Georgia
- Wed., Jan. 26, Vanderbilt
- Sat., Jan. 29, at Texas A&M
- Tues., Feb. 1, at Mississippi State
- Sat., Feb. 5, Tennessee
- Tues., Feb. 8, Kentucky
- Sat., Feb. 12, at Georgia
- Tues., Feb. 15, at Ole Miss
- Sat., Feb. 19, LSU
- Wed., Feb. 23, Mississippi State
- Sat., Feb. 26, at Alabama
- Tues., March 1, Missouri
- Sat., March 5, at Auburn
The women will open their SEC schedule on the road against Missouri December 30. The Gamecocks return home to open the series with Ole Miss on January 2. Next is a trip to LSU January 6 before coming back home for Kentucky January 9.
The Gamecocks stay home to face Texas A&M on January 13 but are back on the road at Arkansas three days late. Next come Vanderbilt at home January 24 and a trip to Florida on the 30.
Alabama comes to Columbia February 3 with Mississippi State following February 6. From there, the Gamecocks head into the final stretch of the season, mostly away from home, beginning with trips to Kentucky February 10th and Georgia February 13.
The last homestand of the season starts against Auburn on February 17. Senior Day will be February 20 against Tennessee. The Gamecocks wrap up their regular-season schedule with trips to Texas A&M February 24 and Ole Miss on the 27.
The 12th-ranked women’s soccer team dropped the rivalry match at Clemson Thursday falling 2-1 for their first loss of the season. The Tigers scored a pair of first half goals. The Gamecocks scored in the 78th minute, but that was all they could muster. Earlier in the week, the Gamecocks defeated Charlotte 4-1. They will host Charlotte Sunday.
The men’s soccer team fell Saturday night at home to Coastal Carolina 4-1 in their Conference-USA opener. "I think even though we only had 10 men, I still think we played very well," said head coach Tony Annan to GamecocksOnline. "I'm still proud of the way the boys tried to play being a man down. Every time we play, we get better. We're doing things better and the movement is better."
The Gamecocks lost earlier in the week to Presbyterian 2-1. They will host USC-Upstate Friday night.
The volleyball team played their first road matches of the season during the week with mixed results. The Gamecocks defeated Kennesaw State 3-0 but lost to Santa Clara 3-1. The matches were played at Kennesaw State. The Gamecocks are 6-2 on the season. Their next match will be Thursday at Winthrop.
The men’s tennis team is competing this weekend at the Gator Fall Invite at Florida. Against USC Saturday, the Gamecocks won four of six singles matches and all three doubles matches. Friday against NC State, USC won three singles matches and two in doubles play.
Junior Daniel Rodrigues is ranked third nationally, the highest pre-season ranking in history for a Gamecock men’s tennis player. He was 31-8 last season and was the runner-up for the NCAA singles title.