Brown has career night, looks ahead to UK

Like a sleeping giant, the South Carolina Gamecocks waited until the second half to finally wake up against the in-state SC State Bulldogs from Orangeburg. A huge third quarter was all it took for USC to put State away, although it was certainly a frustrating time for Gamecock players and fans alike in getting there.

Needing a playmaker to step up for the Gamecocks, wide receiver Moe Brown was able to bring his team back from a lethargic first half with two touchdowns in the third frame. It wasn't all good for the senior from Anderson, who got off to a rough start with a fumble on USC's opening drive. However, with a team that refocused and regrouped at the half behind him, Brown was able to make some plays that helped break open the game.

According to Brown, it was the coaches that were able to change the team's mindset at halftime.

"Coach just challenged us," said Brown. "We want to be a good team this year. We want to get to the top this year, and win the SEC. He just challenged us to step our game up. Some of the defensive players did the same thing to fire us up, and we responded to it. I will take the blame for the poor first half. I definitely had one of the worst first halves with a fumble and a dropped ball. When you are a team captain, people are expecting you to step up and make some plays."

Brown certainly was able to step up after the break, catching two touchdown passes which helped the Gamecocks pull away from a scrappy SC State team. Along with the rest of his team, Brown said that he knew he would have to compete and make plays in the second half to win the game against a talented Football Championship Subdivision team.

"I'm a very competitive guy, and I hold myself to high standards," claimed Brown. "Like I said, I'm in a leadership position, and a lot of guys (are) looking up to me to make these plays. When you do have a bad half, you've got to respond to it."

Brown also commented on the momentum of the game being a big factor, but also being something that can change very quickly. Fortunately, it swung in the Gamecocks' favor when the game really mattered.

"That's kind of funny, you really never know. Momentum switches from play to play; you really don't know what's going to happen. Definitely coming back in the second half and responding and playing a pretty good second half (in) all phases is going to help us going (into) Kentucky."

The Gamecocks will face a much stiffer challenge next week when the Kentucky Wildcats come into Williams-Brice Stadium for an SEC matchup with USC. Although Kentucky has lost two straight games, they have faced some of the nation's best, with their last two opponents being #1 ranked Florida and #3 ranked Alabama. Brown knows that the offense will have to continue to make plays against a talented Kentucky squad that will be hungry for a win.

"Kentucky's a good team," said Brown. "They're definitely going to plan on coming in here and beating us. But we're just going to go enjoy this one (Sunday), 24 hours, get it out of our system and come back ready for Kentucky next week."

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