South Carolina vs. UCF: Live Score and Highlights
South Carolina 28, Central Florida 25—Final
Slow start. Fast middle. Slow end.
South Carolina survived a scare from UCF to pick up the nonconference victory. The Knights played tough with some big plays and a lot of momentum, though the Gamecocks had the answer. And the answer was Mike Davis.
Davis carried his team to victory after South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw went down with a shoulder injury.
Either way, the Gamecocks picked up the win and need to get healthy.
South Carolina cannot afford to fall behind early as the team moves forward with the season. The Gamecocks survived thanks to Mike Davis. Now it's time to assess the injuries and figure out how the Gamecocks can avoid slow starts like this one.
A lot of credit should go to the UCF fans for hyping up their team for the moment. The Knights fell just short, but the fans never lost hope and deserve credit for contributing to a great football game.
Blake Bortles' interceptions hurt the team, but his wide receivers, Perriman and Hall, turned in big plays. Storm Johnson ran with a purpose and showed why he is in the upper tier of running backs in college football.
With Connor Shaw leaving the game with a shoulder injury, Thompson was relied on to take over the reigns of the offense. He struggled in the first half and for most of the game, but he got the job done.
South Carolina 28, UCF 25—Final
There you have it. South Carolina escapes with the win.
- Player of the Game: Mike Davis—26 CAR, 162 YDS, 3 TD
South Carolina can take some QB kneels and call it a day, as the Gamecocks survive a scare from a dangerous UCF football team.
South Carolina's Bruce Ellington fields the football on the onside kick as the ball goes straight into his arms. Gamecocks football.
South Carolina 28, UCF 25
Touchdown pass to Rannell Hall, who slips up the left side.
Bring on the onside-kick teams.
This one is not over. Breshad Perriman with the huge play, and UCF is in scoring distance.
False start on No. 64? How about false start on the whole offensive line?
Maybe Mike Davis is human. The Gamecocks star fumbles the football as the UCF defenders are untouched and one gets the crown of his helmet on the ball.
The Knights have some life.
Dylan Thompson rolls out and finds Jerell Adams for the first down. It's 1st-and-goal for the Gamecocks after the 45-yard completion.
UCF is now out of timeouts. Time is not on the Knights' side.
Bortles throws an interception. T.J. Holloman with the pick. Central Florida's scoring threat ends. Time for the Gamecocks to chew some clock.
UCF's special teams have been solid in today's game. That return helps the Knights' field position as they look to push the Gamecocks down to the wire in this game.
UCF is picking up steam. A key sack on third down, and South Carolina will have to punt the ball away with just under eight minutes to go in the game. UCF is still down two scores.
South Carolina 28, UCF 18
No foul on the play. Impressive block. Great play. Touchdown UCF. Seventy-three-yard touchdown pass from Bortles to Rannell Hall.
The two-point conversion is good.
Maybe I spoke too soon. We have a ball game. Great block to open up the field. But, that is where the flag was thrown.
It looks like South Carolina has put this game away. This is a totally different team in the second half. Why? Because it is finally sticking to what it is good at.
And that is giving the ball to Mike Davis.
South Carolina 28, UCF 10
Oh man, Mike Davis! His third touchdown of the day. What a running back.
The rain at this game is making the football look like a hot potato. Thompson somehow found a way to hold on to the snap.
It took that much time to determine that the play was not actually reviewable? Either way, ball to South Carolina. UCF's chances are fading fast.
Gerald Dixon dives after Bortles and the football and rips it from the UCF quarterback. Ball to South Carolina. The play is now under further review after the UCF challenge.
I think that the credit for this second-half turnaround for the Gamecocks is due to Spurrier's visor change. The visor was clearly the issue in the first half.
I will say it again: Davis is the next Adrian Peterson.
South Carolina 21, UCF 10
Mike Davis with the 13-yard touchdown run as he shows his power. South Carolina is in the driver's seat thanks to a focus on the power-run game.
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