Bent­ley ral­lies USC in shootout

The Beaufort Gazette (Sunday) - - Sports - BY CHRIS BUR­ROWS

Jake Bent­ley passed for two touch­downs and scored the game-win­ning touch­down on a 4-yard run with 5:50 left to lift South Carolina to a 48-44 come­back win over Mis­sis­sippi on Satur­day.

South Carolina (5-3, 4-3) erased a 44-34 deficit in the fourth quar­ter to win con­sec­u­tive games for the first time this sea­son. The Game­cocks covered 47 and 73 yards in fourthquar­ter scor­ing drives, capped by a 3-yard run from A.J. Turner and Bent­ley’s de­ci­sive score, re­spec­tively.

Bent­ley fin­ished 22of-32 pass­ing for 363 yards as the Game­cocks had 510 to­tal yards. The South Carolina de­fense, af­ter giv­ing up eight scores in 10 pos­ses­sions, closed with four con­sec­u­tive score­less se­ries to pre­serve the win.

“Jake gave a gutsy per­for­mance and was re­ally ac­cu­rate with the ball,” South Carolina coach Will Muschamp said. “The re­siliency and fight of this foot­ball team says a lot about the cul­ture of our pro­gram. A lot of guys stepped up to win this game.”

Ole Miss (5-4, 1-4) ral­lied from an early 17-3 deficit for a 27-27 tie at half­time and moved out to a 44-34 fourth-quar­ter lead. Jor­dan Ta’amu was 31-of-46 pass­ing for 379 yards as the Rebels had 616 yards of to­tal of­fense, in­clud­ing 141 rush­ing yards on 21 car­ries from Scot­tie Phillips.

“We just did not make the plays we needed to make,” Mis­sis­sippi coach Matt Luke said.

“They did and we didn’t, es­pe­cially in those fi­nal se­ries. This is tough be­cause our play­ers left it all on the field.”

The first-half shootout opened on a 90-yard kick­off re­turn touch­down by Deebo Sa­muel as the Game­cocks raced to an early 14-point lead.

By half­time, Parker White had field goals of 20 and 23 yards.

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