South Carolina defeats Jax State, live recap

The University of South Carolina football team is hosting Jacksonville State University in a...
The University of South Carolina football team is hosting Jacksonville State University in a first-time-ever school matchup.(Artie Walker Jr. | AP)
Published: Nov. 4, 2023 at 10:58 AM EDT
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4th quarter

South Carolina defeats Jax State, 38-28.

With Jax State in the red zone, Jax State QB threw an interception that turned into a pick-six for the South Carolina Gamecocks, extending the team’s lead.

South Carolina continued to move the chains down the field, in part by Legette and Anderson leading to a successful field goal attempt.

Mario Anderson started to show signs of life with a long run, giving momentum to South Carolina midway through the fourth quarter.

Although the game was tied heading into the fourth quarter the momentum swayed Jax State’s way with South Carolina needing to respond, the South Carolina Gamecocks continued to have problems on offense.

3rd Quarter

Spencer Rattler, not one to be outdone, connected again with Legette for a touchdown reception tying the game, and making the competition a great back-and-forth affair.

Jacksonville gained the lead over South Carolina with a 3-play scoring drive that went 62 yards.

South Carolina’s offensive line continued its season struggles, this time the pressure of Jax State gave South Carolina’s Rattler very little time to make throws in the pocket.

The Jax State Gamecocks started the second half of the game relying on what has given the team the most success throughout the game, ground yards.

The Jax State Gamecocks ended their first drive of the third quarter with a score, tying up the game.

2nd Quarter

Just before halftime, a Rattler-Legette 5-yard touchdown reception gave South Carolina the lead heading back to the locker room.

Jax State’s running game repeatedly broke through the Carolina defense on the ground, continuing the team’s streak of +100 yards on the ground.

The offensive woes continued for the Gamecocks throughout the quarter, with the team struggling to make gains down the field.

The problems that have plagued the South Carolina Gamecock offense continued to great its head, such as the pocket collapsing around Spencer, and not giving the gunslinger a lot of time to throw accurate passes.

The Jax State Gamecocks would not go quietly into the night, with the team battling back, and scoring during the first few moments of the second quarter.

1st Quarter

Throughout the late minutes of the first quarter, the South Carolina Gamecocks gave up large yards gains against Jax State, keeping the Florida Gamecocks still in the game.

Joshua Simon found the end zone off of an 8-yard reception but the call was overturned. South Carolina later scored to extend the lead to 7 points.

Spencer Rattler responded with a huge pass of his own by throwing to his favorite target Xavier Legette down the field to once again bring South Carolina in red zone territory.

Like in the majority of games this season, the South Carolina defense started to show cracks, which resulted in a big gain for the Jax State offense giving the team prime field position in the red zone. Jacksonville State scored off of a pass to tie the game.

Jax State Gamecock defense showed up midway through the first quarter, holding South Carolina to a three-and-out and earning their offense good field position after a penalty by South Carolina.

The South Carolina’s defense continued to smother the Jax State offensive game plan, rendering their two-quarterback system ineffective.

The South Carolina Gamecocks defense started the game off strong with a quick three-and-out, on offense, running back Mario Anderson had a huge gain to get South Carolina deep in the red zone. South Carolina scored off a solid run from a Gamecock fullback.

Game preview

The University of South Carolina football team is hosting Jacksonville State University in a first-time-ever school matchup.

South Carolina is facing an uphill battle and it is a must-win situation against the Jacksonville Gamecocks.

The South Carolina Gamecocks (2-6) are on a four-game losing streak, and the team must win out the rest of the season to reach bowl eligibility.

Against a defense that has been lackluster all season long, South Carolina will have their work cut out for them against Jacksonville, who uses a two-quarterback system.

The Jacksonville Gamecocks also have a strong running game, including three players with 200-plus yards.

You can watch the game starting at noon on Nov. 4 by streaming on ESPNU.

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