SC overcomes slow start to down Charlotte 56-20

MarShawn Lloyd runs for one of his three TD's against Charlotte Saturday night Photo credit Jeff Blake- USA Today Sports

The Gamecocks started slow at home against Charlotte on Saturday night, but were able to find a rhythm and create separation in the 2nd half. South Carolina got on the board first with a Mitch Jeter 25 yard FG to lead 3-0. Charlotte then went on a 13 play, 90 yard scoring drive that took 7 minutes off the clock. The 49ers would score when QB Chris Reynolds found Jake Clemens on a 2 yard TD pass. Charlotte would then take a 7-3 lead after the 1st.

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South Carolina RB MarShawn Lloyd would score his 1st of three rushing TD's on the 1st play of the 2nd Qtr. He scored on a 25 yard scamper to put SC up 10-7. Charlotte answered with another long scoring drive, this one of 81 yards. They re-took the lead when Vic Tucker hauled in a 14 yard TD pass from Reynolds. That made gave Charlotte a 14-10 lead.

South Carolina would respond scoring 10 straight to close the half, as they would outscore 46-6 from that point on. The Gamecocks closed the 1st half with a TD run from Christian Beal-Smith and another FG from Jeter. They would lead 20-14 at the break.

In the 2nd half, SC's offense would start clicking after the break. They would score touchdowns on their first three straight possessions of the 3rd. Lloyd would get his 2nd and 3rd rushing touchdowns of the game and Beal-Smith got his 2nd rushing TD of the game in that stretch. The Gamecocks then took control of the game and led 42-14 after the 3rd.

Early in the 4th, Juju McDowell would score to put the Gamecocks up 49-14. Josh Vann had a big play in the return game, scoring on a 75 yard punt return TD. Charlotte would then score on a 35 yard TD pass from QB James Foster to Eli Spencer. The Gamecocks tacked on one more when Corey Rucker scored on a 52 yard TD pass from Luke Doty.

The Gamecocks run game which had struggled this season thus far, had its best performance of the season. They would run for a season high 295 yards and would pile up 6 rushing TD's in the game. MarShawn Lloyd would lead the charge with 169 yards and 3 rushing scores on 15 carries. Beal-Smith found the end zone twice on 9 carries, gaining 55 yards on the ground.

QB Spencer Rattler was 17 of 23 for 187 yards on the night, before being pulled due to the Gamecocks having a large lead. The Gamecock defense had three interceptions on the game, as Brad Johnson, DQ Smith and Cam Smith all had picks.

The Gamecocks were +1 in turnover margin on Saturday night. South Carolina had 545 total yards to Charlotte's 292. South Carolina is now 2-2 on the season. They host SC State this weekend for a noon kickoff, before returning to SEC play at Kentucky on October 8th.

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