South Carolina 48, Ole Miss 44
What Happened: Jake Bentley ran for a four-yard touchdown to finally give South Carolina the lead for good with just under six minutes to play – but it was a firefight to get there.
Ole Miss QB Jordan Ta’amu ran for a touchdown and bombed away, but it was the running game that took over. Scottie Phillips ran for two touchdowns, but the Gamecocks started out the scoring with a kick-six from Deebo Samuel on the way to a 17-3 lead to take control early. The Rebels roared back to take a 44-34 lead in the fourth, USC got two late scoring drives finishing with two short touchdown runs to pull it out.
What Mattered: Jake Bentley completed 22-of-32 passes for 363 yards and two scores with a rushing touchdown. Bryson Edwards and Ty’Son Williams each came up with over 100 receiving yards, and Mon Denson ran for 102 yards on 12 carries.
– Ta’amu completed 31-of-46 passes for 379 yards, and ran for 66 yards and a score. Phillips ran for 141 yards and three scores, and AJ Brown and Elijah Moore each went over 100 yards receiving.
– Neither defense showed up until South Carolina’s came through late. Ole Miss cranked up 616 yards and South Carolina 510, but the Gamecocks were more explosive.
What It All Means: There’s still no bowl game possible for Ole Miss, but it would be nice to get that sixth win anyway to avoid a losing season. At 5-4, the Rebels go to Texas A&M and Vanderbilt next before closing out with Mississippi State.
– South Carolina keeps on figuring out wild and close ways to win games. This was the fourth straight Gamecock game decided by four points or fewer. Now at 5-3, USC needs one more win to become bowl eligible with at Florida, UT Chattanooga and at Clemson to go. Basically, the team really, really needed this, or going bowling would’ve been dicey.
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