South Carolina earns 1st SEC win by downing Vanderbilt

Rushing attack shines

South Carolina earns 1st SEC win by downing Vanderbilt
Rico Dowdle rushes versus Vanderbilt Saturday. (Courtesy: USC Athletics/Jim Brown USA TODAY) (Source: USC Athletics/Jim Brown-USA Today)

NASHVILLE, TN (WCSC/AP) - Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason talked about needing to be ready for a street fight when his Commodores played South Carolina.

Well, the Gamecocks took that very personally.

Jake Bentley threw for 261 yards and a touchdown, and the South Carolina Gamecocks bounced back from their hurricane-forced break, routing Vanderbilt 37-14 Saturday.

“We heard about it, and yeah we took it personally,” Bentley said. “I mean he called us out. He called us to come out and fight, and that’s what we did. We can play in the stadium, in a backyard, in the street you know what I mean? And we ran for 270 yards, so yeah I think the O-linemen took it more personally than anyone else.”

South Carolina coach Will Muschamp simply pointed to the 273 yards rushing by his Gamecocks when asked if they came with a street fight, physical style.

“I think so,” Muschamp said.

They showed no rust as South Carolina won its 10th straight and 17th in the last 19 years against Vanderbilt.

The Gamecocks scored the game’s first 10 points and then reeled off 20 straight after Vanderbilt got within 17-14 late in the first half. South Carolina could have had a bigger margin of victory but lost two fumbles inside the Vandy 30 in the fourth quarter after a 39-minute lightning and rain delay.

“They won the street fight,” Mason said. “There’s no doubt about that. It was going to be a street fight ... But when you don’t land any punches, you can get knocked out.”

Rico Dowdle ran for a TD and 112 yards, and Mon Denson and Ty’Son Williams each ran for touchdowns. Parker White kicked three field goals for South Carolina.

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