Columbia, SC (Sports Network) - Connor Shaw passed for 284 yards and three
touchdowns on 21-of-29 efficiency, adding 84 yards and a score on the ground
as No. 13 South Carolina held on late to down Vanderbilt, 35-25, at Williams-
Bruce Ellington posted 111 yards and a score on eight receptions for the
Gamecocks (2-1, 1-1 SEC), while Brandon Wilds and Nick Jones also posted TD
catches for the victorious hosts.
Austyn Carta-Samuels was 12-of-22 for 147 yards and an interception,
throwing for one touchdown and rushing for another for the Commodores (1-2,
Jordan Matthews racked up 106 yards on eight receptions for Vanderbilt,
while Wesley Tate caught a 19-yard touchdown pass and gained 71 yards on
10 carries in the setback.
Vanderbilt mounted a charge in the fourth quarter, shrinking a 25-point
deficit down to 10 within the first minute. Carta-Samuels ran in from the one
two plays into the period to make it 35-17,
Kellen Williams then forced the Gamecocks' Shon Carson to fumble during the
ensuing kickoff return and the Commodores had the ball on the South Carolina
19. Carta-Samuels found Tate for a score on the next play, and his pass to
Steven Scheu for the conversion brought the visitors within 35-25.
The Commodores were forced to punt on their next series, but Darrius Sims
recovered a T.J. Gurley fumble at the Gamecocks' 37-yard line. But on 3rd-and-
goal from the five, Jimmy Legree picked off Carta-Samuels.
Wilds was then stopped on a 4th-and-1 from the Vandy 34 in the last minute of
play, but time ran out on the Commodores, as Matthews' 17-yard catch into
South Carolina territory came on the final play of the contest.
South Carolina came out full throttle, taking a 21-0 lead after one quarter on
a 12-yard connection from Shaw to Jones, a 4-yard TD run by Mike Davis and
Dylan Thompson's 3-yard foray into the end zone.
Shaw found Ellington for a 26-yard strike early in the second quarter, then
Vandy answered with a 1-yard run from Jerron Seymour which came one play after
a Thompson pass was intercepted by Steven Clarke, who was finally brought down
at the one after a 69-yard return.
After Carey Spear booted a 54-yard field goal on the final play of the half,
Vanderbilt trailed only 28-10 at the break.
Wilds' 33-yard catch-and-run on the opening series of the third quarter
boosted South Carolina's lead to 25 points.
South Carolina has won five straight and 12 of 14 matchups with Vanderbilt
since 2000 ... Former South Carolina head coach Warren Giese, who passed away
on Thursday at the age of 89, was honored before the contest. Giese led the
Gamecocks from 1956-60 ... South Carolina bulldozed its way to 579 yards of
total offense, while limiting Vandy to 268.
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