USC FOOTBALL

Carolina finds a few things to cheer about in lopsided loss

BY DANNY KELLY
danny@theitem.com
Posted 9/9/18

COLUMBIA - There were few bright spots for the South Carolina football team in a 41-17 blowout at the hands of the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium, but one of them came with 7:38 to go in the first quarter in the form of a …

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USC FOOTBALL

Carolina finds a few things to cheer about in lopsided loss

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COLUMBIA - There were few bright spots for the South Carolina football team in a 41-17 blowout at the hands of the Georgia Bulldogs on Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium, but one of them came with 7:38 to go in the first quarter in the form of a 13-yard touchdown pass from senior wide receiver Deebo Samuel to junior wide receiver Bryan Edwards.

Junior quarterback Jake Bentley handed the ball off to an in-motion Samuel, who then found a wide open Edwards in the end zone after Edwards' defender stepped up to defend the run from Samuel.

The trick play worked well and Samuel is used to them. It was Samuel's second career touchdown pass, his first coming against Clemson back in 2016.

Edwards caught another touchdown in the fourth quarter, this one for 44 yards from Bentley with 9:59 to go in the game. Two touchdowns is a new career high for Edwards in a single game.

"We're going to continue to get him (Edwards) the ball more and create some one-on-ones," South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp said of Edwards. "He's a good football player and a competitive young man, and we've got to continue to find ways to get him the ball."

Edwards moved up the career receiving charts with his performance on Saturday. He caught seven passes for 111 yards.

He passed Cory Boyd for 10th on the career receptions list with 119 and also passed Brian Scott to move into 14th on the all-time receiving yards list with 1,547 yards. Edwards also broke a personal record with his 44-yard touchdown.

MOVING ON UP TOO

Samuel moved up on the career receptions list as well, passing Ace Sanders for 18th in school history with 99 catches. He also moved into 21st on the all-time receiving yards list with 1,283, passing Hayden Hurst.

Samuel finished with six receptions for 33 yards on the day to go along with his 13-yard touchdown pass.

WILLIAMS' DAY

South Carolina wasn't very effective running the football, picking up only 54 yards. However, former Crestwood High School standout Ty'Son Williams had a respectable day contributing to the Gamecocks offense.

The junior carried the ball six times for 26 yards with a long of nine yards and an average of 4.3 per carry. He also added 11 yards through the air on two catches.

YES, THAT'S HIS SON

The name sounds familiar; Holyfield - Georgia junior running back Elijah Holyfield to be exact - and yes he is the son of former world heavyweight boxing champion Evander Holyfield.

While he had a famous father, Elijah had a nice day for the Bulldogs on Saturday. He finished with 76 yards on nine carries for an average of 8.4 yards per carry and a touchdown. His longest carry on the day was for 26 yards.