Posted: Sep. 22, 2017 8:00 am Updated: Sep.
SC wouldn't score until the fourth quarter but went up quickly on a OrTre Smith touchdown pass where he bulldozed his way into the end zone from 10 yards out. Some thought the opportunity for the one-time Gamecocks offensive coordinator might come much earlier than this.
My guess is it will not always be pretty, but I do think the Gamecocks will be more balanced offensively and do enough on defense and special teams to get the win and spoil Skip Holtz's return to Columbia.
Second-year University of SC head football coach Will Muschamp needed to win each one of this season's first four games in order for the Gamecock football program to take a solid step forward from last year's 6-7 mark.
Nothing had gone right in Parker White's college career. He also coached at South Florida before coming to Louisiana Tech.
The last meeting between these two teams was in 1995, and the Gamecocks torched the Bulldogs, 68-21.
White saved SC from an embarrassing loss.
"We had a bad snap, just some mental errors on our part", Bentley said. "It's going to be fun to see all that's changed". SC would average 4.5 yards per carry.
SC escapes Louisiana Tech with late field goal
"That's the way life is", Holtz said. We have to get better at that. that's the big thing, just go get better.
Samuel - who broke his leg during last week's loss to Kentucky - entered Williams-Brice stadium on a golf cart, still unable to put weight on his injured ankle following potentially season-ending surgery six days ago.
Up next: SC hits the road, traveling to Texas A&M next week.
"We all take the blame together - starting with me", Muschamp said. Sophomore quarterback J'Mar Smith had thrown for 722 yards, including three plays of 53 yards or longer, but has completed barely half of his passes.
SC sophomore WR Bryan Edwards had six catches for 122 yards in Saturday's 17-16 win over Louisiana Tech. The rest was up to White, who hadn't made a field goal in four career attempts.
White's redemption, however, was secured with the game winning field goal. So far, that hasn't happened. North Carolina transfer Ty'Son Williams had the best single-game showing with 78 yards rushing against Missouri. "You just have to move on to the next one".
FOUTH QUARTER RUSH: Through three games, Louisiana Tech has outscored its opponents 38-0 in the fourth quarter.
SC would be shutout through the first three quarters for the first time since November 12 against Florida. This was the first game for SC since Deebo Samuel broke his leg. Samuels had six touchdowns in three games, including two on kick returns. Bentley finished with 304 yards passing and two touchdowns.