COLUMBIA, S.C. – Shuler Bentley’s premonition about the South Carolina football team has already come to fruition.
Earlier this year, he predicted that his younger brother, Jake, would win a game for the Gamecocks with his legs, but the timeline was left open ended.
On Saturday, in his eighth start as the South Carolina quarterback, Jake’s fleet feet played a factor in the 35-28 win over North Carolina State.
The score is tied at 7 and the Gamecocks first offensive drive starts from their 20-yardline. They’ve already converted one third-down and looking for another.
At this early stage of the game, they’re crucial, because N.C. State’s first drive lasted 14 plays and took almost six minutes off the clock.
Still in their own territory, it’s third-down-and-5 from the 42.
After Bentley received the snap, it was pretty clear that throwing the ball wouldn’t be an option, because the pocket was quickly collapsing around him. Somehow, he maneuvered his way through the wash and converted on an 8-yard run.
Five plays later, Bentley connected with running back Rico Dowdle, who was wide-open on the wheel route, to give South Carolina a 14-7 lead.
With the score tied at 14 in the second quarter, the Gamecocks just got the ball off a turnover, but first- and second-down left them facing third-and-12 from the Wolfpack 42.
N.C. State defensive end Bradley Chubb came flying off the edge. An extra grab – maybe a hold – by South Carolina left tackle Malik Young might have caused Chubb to lose his footing. This much is certain: Bentley had an extra bit of time to get the heck out of harm’s way.
Thirteen yards later, South Carolina had another first-down.
Bentley eventually capped the drive with a 6-yard touchdown pass to Deebo Samuel on third-and-goal.
Bentley and Samuel are both going to have a hard time topping this one, running, throwing, catching, etc.
College football is great, but it’s easy to hate the NCAA’s philosophy on quarterback rushing statistics. Bentley should have had 3 carries for 19 yards against N.C. State.
Instead, his official rushing stats don’t look so nice: 5 carries for 1 yard. Why?
Quarterbacks get dinged for sacks and Bentley took two on Saturday, each for a loss of 9 yards. That’s not how it works in the NFL.
Be like the NFL, NCAA.
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