Gamecock Gamechangers

Each week Gamecock Anthem takes a look at the five key players and five biggest plays of each game. Today we take a look at the players of the game and plays of the game from Saturday's 24-7 win over Wofford.

5. T.J. Johnson

Johnson did nothing absolutely spectacular to really deserve a game ball, but for a man that has started on the offensive line for every game in his South Carolina career, he deserves a game ball on senior day. Johnson leaves a hole that will be tough to fill next year.

4. Devin Taylor

Taylor has had a relatively quiet season, which is somewhat disappointing for a guy that came back for his senior season to improve his draft status. In his final home game Taylor had a big game, finishing with eight tackles and 1.5 for a loss. He made a stop on fourth down to give Carolina the ball deep in Wofford territory that they would eventually turn into the touchdown that put the game away.

3. Shaq Wilson

Wilson had a very productive game in his final game, as he has been solid all year. Wilson finished his final home game with 10 tackles and forced a fumble in the second quarter with Wofford gaining some momentum after picking up their first two first downs of the game.

2. D.J. Swearinger

For the second week in a row, Swearinger made huge plays for the Carolina secondary. Swearinger finished with a team-high 12 tackles, forced his first fumble of the season, and recovered the fumble forced by Wilson.

Player of the Game

Kenny Miles


What can you say about Miles? Miles was honored on Senior Day last year as it appeared he would not return this season, but after closing out the season strong Miles decided to come back for one more year. When Marcus Lattimore went down in the Tennessee game with a dislocated knee, Miles again found himself with an opportunity. He had a breakout game Saturday, carrying the ball a career-high 27 times for 127 yards and a touchdown. It was a Senior Day he will surely remember.

Plays of the Game

5. Shaw dives for the marker


With the game tied in the fourth quarter and South Carolina facing a critical third down play, they were forced to burn their first timeout of the half. Following the timeout a pass play was given, but Connor Shaw could not find an open receiver. He scrambled and decided to take off running, a decision that didn't seem like it would pan out. At the last moment Shaw leapt forward, stretching the ball out as he came crashing out of bounds. It paid off for Shaw as the ball came down just across the first down marker to extend the drive. That would have been the play of the game, but Carolina was forced to settle for a field goal anyway.

4. Shaw to Sanders

South Carolina loves to throw quick passes to Ace Sanders and Bruce Ellington to get them the ball in space and let them make plays. To Wofford's credit they had done a great job shedding blocks and getting to Sanders and Ellington before they could break free. It wasn't a spectacular play, but it got the job done. After holding the Terriers on fourth down, Carolina got the ball up 10-7 late with a short field. Shaw took the snap from the eight, tossed it right to Sanders, who turned it up field behind some nice blocks and took it into the end zone. That gave Carolina a 17-7 lead and effectively ended the game.

3. Taylor stops Breitenstein

Early in the first half when Wofford went for it on fourth down deep in their own territory, South Carolina defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward knew it was going to be a four down game for his defense. Wofford had converted several fourth downs when they faced a fourth and one on their own 34 down by a field goal. Breitenstein got the carry, but Devin Taylor met him in the backfield and held him up long enough for Quin Smith to help bring the fullback down short of the first down and give Carolina the ball with a short field and a three point lead.

2. Auguste gets first score

Carolina had just taken a 17-7 lead after stopping Wofford on fourth down and converting that into seven points. Eric Breitenstein, who had a tremendous game, received the pitch but lost the ball as he was trying to pull it in. The ball bounced into the waiting arms of Auguste and he took it 31 yards for his first career touchdown to put the game away.

Play of the game

1. Swearinger forces fumble


After forcing Carolina to punt to open the second half, Wofford went on one of their patented drives that eats up clock and usually results in points. After starting on their own five, Wofford had marched 66 yards on 14 plays and had a first down inside the Carolina 30. Octavius Harden got the pitch heading left and was met by Swearinger. Swearinger laid the wood on Harden and the ball came loose. Brison Williams fell on it for the turnover and Carolina was finally able to get off the field nearly nine minutes after the drive began.


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