South Carolina seeking to build on win in season opener

He got it: a win. "But he's helped me out a bunch, and he's going to continue to help me out the rest of the week and get me ready to play".

SC coach Will Muschamp yells to the fans as he leaves the field after SC defaeted Vanderbilt 13-10 in an NCAA college football game Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn.

With less than four minutes remaining in the game, Vanderbilt drove into Gamecock territory and set up a 45-yard field goal from the middle of the field, but the chance hooked left, giving SC the chance to drive the field and claim the win.

After a 16-yard reception by freshman Bryan Edwards from senior Perry Orth and a 17-yard run by freshman A.J. Turner set him up, senior Elliott Fry stepped up and hit a career-long 55-yard field goal to give SC the lead with 35 seconds remaining in the opener.

"Getting the first SEC road win is huge for us", Fry said.

"Anytime you have positive results, it makes it much easier to believe, have some belief in what you're trying to do". "Positive feedback, regardless of whether it's football, the business world or whatever you're doing, you've got to have something positive happen for you". In our profession, the result of winning is what we look for. "You've got to be able to see the fruits of your labor", he said. "The young guys especially, they need that as much as anything".

USC head coach Will Muschamp said Sunday night that senior Perry Orth will remain his starter at quarterback while freshman Brandon McIlwain will also see game action as well, as was the case in last Thursday's win at Vanderbilt. Orth played the entire second half, completing 11 of 14 for 140 yards in the final two quarters in South Carolina's rally.

Orth said he and McIlwain have continued to rotate with the first-team offense in practice, as they did throughout preseason camp. The team that everyone thought was so bad they probably couldn't even win their own spring game. "All I know is, I'm going to start off the game again, and we'll go from there". Quarterback Perry Orth received most of the snaps for the Gamecocks, and will start again for a SC team looking desperately for some offense. "The fun's in winning", senior linebacker T.J. Holloman said. "That fourth quarter showed our hard conditioning, everything we went through". Winning is all we really want.



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