GAMEDAY College Football

South Carolina 20, East Carolina 17

Associated Press

GREENVILLE, N.C. - Parker White kicked a 36-yard field goal as time expired as South Carolina rallied from 14 down to beat East Carolina 20-17, earning its first road win under first-year coach Shane Beamer.

Damani Staley had a 63-yard interception return for a touchdown just before halftime to give the Gamecocks a needed spark after trailing 14-0 in a mistake-filled opening half. Former graduate assistant Zeb Noland also had a game-tying touchdown pass to Dakereon Joyner in the back of the end zone late in the third quarter.

In the end, the Gamecocks (2-0) did enough to give themselves a shot, then rode the legs of Juju McDowell - who gained 45 yards on six carries on South Carolina's final 10-play drive - to set up White's winner that had the Gamecocks spilling onto the field from the sideline to celebrate.

South Carolina won despite committing three turnovers in its first five drives, including a goal-line fumble that went through the end zone for a turnover in the first half.

Tyler Snead hit on a 75-yard trick-play touchdown pass to Jsi Hatfield on the game's first offensive snap for the Pirates (0-2), while Holton Ahlers also ran for a short touchdown for the 14-0 lead. But East Carolina struggled to generate consistent offense, with Ahlers completing 11 of 24 passes for just 77 yards and two interceptions.

The Pirates were hosting a Southeastern Conference team for the first time since South Carolina's last visit here in 1997.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter SCarECU
ECU TD 14:49 Jsi Hatfield 75 yard TD pass from Tyler Snead (Owen Daffer Extra Point) 0 7
Second Quarter SCarECU
ECU TD 11:57 Holton Ahlers 3 yard TD run (Owen Daffer Extra Point) 0 14
SCar TD 1:00 Damani Staley 63 yard interception return for TD (Parker White Extra Point) 7 14
Third Quarter SCarECU
SCar TD 0:46 Dakereon Joyner 13 yard TD pass from Zeb Noland (Parker White Extra Point) 14 14
Fourth Quarter SCarECU
ECU FG 8:46 Owen Daffer 26 yard field goal 14 17
SCar FG 6:46 Parker White 39 yard field goal 17 17
SCar FG 0:00 Parker White 36 yard field goal 20 17
Team Stats
  South Carolina East Carolina
First downs 19 12
  Rushing 11 6
  Passing 6 5
  Penalty 2 1
3rd Down Efficiency 3-11, 27% 2-15, 13%
4th down efficiency 0-0, -% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 39-113 37-124
Passing Yards 205 154
Return Yards 173 26
Completions-Attempts-Int 12-23-1 12-25-2
Sacks-Yards Lost 2-15 4-31
Punts 8 9
Fumbles Lost 2-1 1-0
Penalties - Yards 7-70 2-20
South Carolina Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
Z. Noland 12 23 205 1 1
East Carolina Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
H. Ahlers 11 24 79 0 2
T. Snead 1 1 75 1 0
South Carolina Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
J. McDowell 11 71 6.5 0
K. Harris 7 33 4.7 0
M. Lloyd 7 22 3.1 0
J. Vann 1 10 10.0 0
Z. White 5 8 1.6 0
D. Joyner 2 2 1.0 0
A. Brown 1 0 0.0 0
Z. Noland 4 -31 -7.8 0
East Carolina Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
R. Harris 15 72 4.8 0
K. Mitchell 14 42 3.0 0
H. Ahlers 8 10 1.3 1
South Carolina Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Vann 4 107 26.8 0
J. Bell 1 48 48.0 0
D. Joyner 5 38 7.6 1
A. Brown 1 6 6.0 0
N. Muse 1 6 6.0 0
East Carolina Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Hatfield 2 90 45.0 1
T. Snead 5 37 7.4 0
C. Johnson 2 15 7.5 0
K. Mitchell 2 7 3.5 0
R. Harris 1 5 5.0 0
South Carolina Interceptions
Player Int Yards
D. Staley 1 63
D. Rush 1 0
East Carolina Interceptions
Player Int Yards
W. Saba 1 0
South Carolina Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
K. Kroeger 8 325 40.6
East Carolina Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Young 9 428 47.6
South Carolina Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
East Carolina Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Snead 2 5 2.5
South Carolina Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
D. Joyner 2 48 24.0
J. McDowell 1 62 62.0
East Carolina Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
T. Snead 1 21 21.0
South Carolina Missed FG
Player Length
East Carolina Missed FG
Player Length
O. Daffer 44




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