CAROLINA GAMEDAY UPDATE: Gamecocks falls 52-24 to LSU

CAROLINA GAMEDAY UPDATE: Gamecocks falls 52-24 to LSU
South Carolina wide receiver Shi Smith (13) runs the ball as LSU linebacker Jabril Cox (19) defends during the first half of an NCAA college football game in Baton Rouge, La. Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Brett Duke) (Source: Brett Duke)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WIS) - The South Carolina Gamecocks visit defending national champion LSU tonight.

The Gamecocks are looking for their third straight win while the Tigers are hoping to even their record at 2-2.

You can keep up with game updates and the scoring summary here.


FIRST QUARTER

LSU opens the game by taking pressure off freshman quarterback TJ Finley by leaning heavily on the run in the first drive. It paid off. LSU took almost eight minutes off the clock before Finley finished the series with a score.

Carolina gets it right back taking advantage of a defensive miscue and Kevin Harris goes 45 yards. Lots of running tonight.

But LSU has controlled this clock. They’ve held the ball for 12 minutes keeping the Carolina defense on the field.

SECOND QUARTER

Finley is starting to look a little more comfortable after one quarter and LSU is continuing to hold on to the ball keeping Carolina’s defense on the field.

Carolina will have to find ways to get off the field to give the offense a chance.

Israel Mukuamu helped Carolina with a big takeaway. The interception led to a 45-yard Parker White field goal. The Gamecocks would have loved to get seven there, but those three points aren’t bad either.

However, Marshall continued to be a problem for the Carolina defense. He scored his second touchdown of the game in the quarter.

LSU’s defense got involved in the scoring with a pick-six by Eli Ricks to push the Tigers up three scores.

The Tigers have outgained 330-188 at the half.

THIRD QUARTER

Carolina needed to get off to a good start in the second half and they did. A scoring drive to open the third quarter cuts the lead and should give the team some confidence, but the Gamecocks will need a stop to build on that effort.

They, unfortunately, didn’t get it. Trey Palmer bobbled the kickoff, picked it up, and returned it for 95 yards. That’s a gut punch Carolina didn’t need.

To make matters worse, Parker White has missed three field goals tonight. That’s nine points Carolina could use. Of those, six were inside 50 yards.

FOURTH QUARTER

Things didn’t get much better. Carolina hasn’t seemingly played with the edge and swagger they had a week ago against Auburn.

The production was there for Carolina from a yards perspective, but yards didn’t produce points and that’s what matters most.


SCORING SUMMARY

FIRST QUARTER

LSU: 1-yard run by TJ Finley (York kick good), 7-0 Tigers (7:34)

SC: 45-yard run by Kevin Harris (White kick good), 7-7 (6:40)

LSU: 27-yard field goal by Cade York, 10-7 Tigers (2:05)

SECOND QUARTER

LSU: 7-yard pass from TJ Finley to Terrace Marshall (York kick good), 17-7 Tigers (11:14)

SC: 45-yard field goal by Parker White, 17-10 Tigers (5:22)

LSU: 51-yard pass from TJ Finley to Terrace Marshall (York kick good), 24-10 Tigers (3:43)

LSU: 45-yard interception return by Eli Ricks (York kick good), 31-10 Tigers (2:43)

THIRD QUARTER

SC: 1-yard run by Kevin Harris (White kick good), 31-17 Tigers (11:17)

LSU: 95-yard kickoff return by Trey Palmer (York kick good), 38-17 Tigers (11:00)

LSU: 1-yard run by Tyrion Davis-Price (York kick good), 45-17 Tigers (4:12)

FOURTH QUARTER

LSU: 3-yard run by John Emery (York kick good), 52-17 Tigers (9:44)

SC: 5-yard pass from Collin Hill to Josh Vann (White kick good), 52-24 Tigers (7:39)

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