SEC Digital Network
COLUMBIA, S.C. – No. 9 South Carolina subdued a tough Wofford squad inside Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday afternoon to pick up a 24-7 win. Kenny Miles’ 127 yards on the ground propelled the Gamecocks (9-2, 6-2 SEC), who found themselves in a tie ballgame at the half before switching gears to secure the win.
Miles opened up the scoring in the second quarter with a short touchdown dash, but Wofford (8-3, 6-2 SoCon) answered with a 2-yard scoring run to tie the game with under a minute remaining in the half. The running game was big in Wofford’s push for the upset, as its racked up an impressive 260 yards against the vaunted South Carolina defense. Wofford’s offense only attempted three passes on the afternoon, completing just one for a total of 71 yards.
After a scoreless third quarter, USC finally took control of the game with a 17-point effort in the decisive fourth quarter. Adam Yates connected on a 23-yard field goal with 12 minute to play, which Connor Shaw followed with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Ace Sanders about four minutes later. Akeem Auguste capped off the run with a 31-yard fumble return TD to put the icing on the cake for the home team.
Shaw was efficient, completing 16-of-20 throws on the day for 122 yards and his aforementioned TD. Eric Breitenstein carried the ball 28 times in the loss for Wofford, compiling 125 yards and a touchdown on the afternoon. Eight other players combined for 123 yards on the ground for Wofford, but ultimately it was not enough to keep up with the Gamecocks.
South Carolina will face off with in-state rival Clemson of the ACC next week to cap off its regular season.
Passing – Connor Shaw, 16-for-20, 122 yards, TD, INT
Rushing – Kenny Miles, 27 car, 127 yards, TD
Receiving – Ace Sanders, 5 rec, 35 yards, TD
Passing – James Lawson, 1-for-2, 71 yards
Rushing – Eric Breitenstein, 28 carries, 125 yards, TD
Receiving – Jeff Ashley, 1 rec, 71 yards
• South Carolina finishes the 2012 season with a perfect 7-0 record at home, the first time it has gone undefeated at home since 1987 (before joining the SEC).
• South Carolina extended its home winning streak to 11 games, and tied head coach Steve Spurrier for the lead in coaching wins with 64 at USC.
• Since the regular season schedule was expanded to 12 games in 2006, South Carolina has hosted an in-state foe annually, winning all seven meetings. USC is now 4-0 against Wofford in that time frame, 2-0 against South Carolina State, 1-0 against Furman and 1-0 against the Citadel.