Frederick Breedon/Getty Images
Heading into the fourth quarter, the Gamecocks found themselves down by a field goal, 13-10. Thanks to Vanderbilt, South Carolina had to sweat through its first game of the season.
But luckily for South Carolina, Vandy lost its momentum and failed to score in the fourth quarter, helping the Gamecocks' only touchdown in the second half become the difference in this one.
While the Gamecocks' rushing attack looked impressive, racking up 205 yards in total, it was their passing attack that left a lot to be desired. Connor Shaw was only able to muster 67 yards through the air, and he turned the ball over once with an interception.
Defensively, the Gamecocks allowed the Commodores to throw the ball all over the field, surrendering 214 passing yards to quarterback Jordan Rodgers. On the bright side, Vandy was only able to gain 62 yards on the ground.
South Carolina's season-opening performance makes its No. 9 ranking laughable. The Gamecocks are another team that looks to be of the quality of an unranked squad.