South Carolina went down to Central Florida this past Saturday hoping to bring home a win.
The Gamecocks did just that but it was certainly tougher than they hoped for. A 10-point deficit at halftime turned into an 18-point lead in the fourth quarter only to see a recovered onside kick by the Gamecocks late in the game to seal a three-point victory over the Knights.
There were some deserving performances from this Saturday's game and we'll hand out our Gamecock Props of the Game for the Central Florida game.
Gamecock Props of the Game:
1.) RB Mike Davis - Is there nothing this man can't do? Davis rushed the ball 26 times for 167 yards on the ground and three rushing touchdowns. All three of his touchdowns came in the second half after netting only five carries for 17 yards in the first half. The Gamecocks got away from their strong suit in the first half, especially after losing Connor Shaw to a shoulder injury. Davis has been the Gamecocks rock this year on offense and he showed just that on Saturday. Once again, Davis led the way for the Gamecocks and has his name in the discussion of one of the best running backs in the country.
2.) QB Dylan Thompson - Thompson was thrust into a tough spot against UCF. It was in all likelihood that Thompson would land some playing time in this game but no one expected Shaw to go out with injury in the first half. Thompson wasn't quite as accurate as you would hope for but he still threw for 261 yards with one rushing touchdown on the day. He's quite the gunslinger that Spurrier likes at quarterback and he'll be able to run this offense in Shaw's absence.
3.) CB Victor Hampton - I'm not a fan of Hampton on special teams. Let's get that out of the way. However, I'm a fan of his abilities at cornerback and he stepped up on Saturday. His interception deep into Carolina territory towards the end of the first half switched the game for the Gamecocks. He also had four total tackles, including 2.0 tackles for loss on the day. He seemed to be making plays around the ball and providing great coverage. It was a much needed showing from Hampton and certainly well-deserving of some praise.
4.) WR Damiere Byrd - Byrd stepped up big for South Carolina with several nice catches and finished with a career-high five catches on the day. He came up big time and time again and was the leading receiver for the Gamecocks, throwing his name in the mix with players like Shaq Roland, Bruce Ellington and Nick Jones who have all had impressive performances this season. Byrd hasn't been quite the player you expected out of high school but hopefully this will be a turning point and you'll see some consistent play going forward.