Scores

Final

Wofford 13

(2-1, 0-1 away)

South Carolina 23

(2-2, 2-1 home)

Coverage: GamePlan

7:00 PM ET, September 20, 2008

Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, SC

1 2 3 4 T
WOF 0 7 3 313
SC 0 10 3 1023

Top Performers

Passing: C. Smelley (SC) - 204 YDS, 1 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: B. Widmyer (WOF) - 10 CAR, 59 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Davis (SC) - 6 REC, 51 YDS

South Carolina's offense sputters in beating Wofford

Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Quarterback Chris Smelley had 204 yards passing as South Carolina struggled before putting away Wofford 23-13 on Saturday night.

Playing a Football Championship Subdivision team was not the answer for South Carolina's offensive woes. The Gamecocks (2-2) managed just two touchdowns, and the crowd booed coach Steve Spurrier's offense twice in the second half when it settled for field goals.

South Carolina did gain 376 yards and never punted, but Smelley threw two interceptions and fumbled. Spurrier stuck with the sophomore the whole game, even after more boos rained down when he overthrew everyone in the end zone in the third quarter.

Coaching the Gamecocks has been a different world for the coach who brought the world the "Fun 'N Gun" at Florida, where Spurrier would beat teams in what used to be called Division I-AA by scores like 62-14 over Georgia Southern in 1996.

This one wasn't out of reach until the Gamecocks put together a grinding drive of nearly 6 minutes in the fourth quarter that ended with Smelley's 17-yard touchdown pass to Dion LeCorn, which put South Carolina ahead 23-13 with 1:58 to go.

The Terriers (2-1) never strayed from their patient option running game. They ran for 185 yards, well under their average of 400 yards. Fullback Dane Romero led the team with 75 yards on 17 carries, while quarterback Ben Widmyer ran 10 times for 59 yards and completed 8 of 13 passes for 100 yards.

Wofford gave South Carolina fits in 2006, when the Gamecocks had to stop the Terriers on fourth down at South Carolina's 10 to escape with a 27-20 win. The Terriers never led in that one.

On Saturday, they took a 7-3 lead early in the second quarter on Widmyer's 50-yard scoring run. Two Gamecocks defenders took the pitch man on the option, leaving Widmyer to scamper untouched into the end zone.

South Carolina responded with a quick drive that ended with three Brian Maddox runs, the last one 7 yards for a TD, to put the Gamecocks back ahead 10-7.

The Gamecocks moved the ball for most of the game, but struggled to get into the end zone. An 18-play, 75-yard drive ended with a 22-yard field goal from Ryan Succop that put South Carolina ahead 3-0.

Spurrier used several players who hadn't seen a lot of playing time this season. Freshman Eric Baker hadn't carried the ball before Saturday, but ended with 49 yards on 11 carries.

Maddox led the Gamecocks with 12 carries for 52 yards, while starting tailback Mike Davis caught six passes for 51 yards. South Carolina didn't have a passing play gain more than 20 yards.

The Gamecocks have lost to FCS teams before. The Citadel beat them 38-35 in 1990 and Furman won 28-23 in 1982.

Wofford is 1-11 against teams from the Football Bowl Subdivision, with the only win coming over Louisiana-Monroe in 2000. The Terriers did take home $230,000 for making the trip to Williams-Brice Stadium.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
WOF
SC
1st Downs1430
Total Yards285376
Passing100204
Rushing185172
Penalties4-374-35
3rd Down Conversions7-157-11
4th Down Conversions1-21-1
Turnovers03
Possession28:5331:07

Passing Leaders

WoffordC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Widmyer8/131007.700
South CarolinaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Smelley23/332046.212

Rushing Leaders

WoffordCARYDSAVGTDLG
Romero17754.4011
Widmyer10595.9150
South CarolinaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Maddox12524.319
Davis10515.1012

Receiving Leaders

WoffordRECYDSAVGTDLG
Joslin15252.0052
Strickland3258.3011
South CarolinaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Davis6518.5017
Cook44812.0017

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERWOFSC
FG14:14Ryan Succop 22 Yd 03
TD10:50Ben Widmyer 50 Yd Run (Patrick Mugan Kick) 73
TD08:10Brian Maddox 7 Yd Run (Ryan Succop Kick) 710
THIRD QUARTERWOFSC
FG11:03Patrick Mugan 25 Yd 1010
FG05:37Ryan Succop 38 Yd 1013
FOURTH QUARTERWOFSC
FG14:56Ryan Succop 19 Yd 1016
FG07:50Patrick Mugan 36 Yd 1316
TD01:58Dion Lecorn 17 Yd Pass From Chris Smelley (Ryan Succop Kick) 1323