COLUMBIA, S.C. – Rico Dowdle and A.J. Turner, the top two running backs on the South Carolina football team, don’t expect a repeat of what happened in Charlotte.
Dowdle rushed 12 times for 27 yards and a touchdown in the 35-28 win over North Carolina State. Turner ran once for 2 yards. Ty’Son Williams, the third back in the rotation, didn’t get a single carry.
“I think we’ll run the ball a lot more this week,” Dowdle said. “You’ll see a better rotation, also at running back this week. You should see a lot more carries. I think N.C. State was one of the better defenses that we’ll play this season.”
In last season’s 31-21 win over Missouri, Dowdle had 27 carries for 149 yards and a touchdown. As a team, the Gamecocks ran for 174 yards, their highest total in SEC play.
“We know that we can run the ball against them,” Turner said. “We watched their last game against Missouri State. They put up a lot of points. They also gave up a lot of points. We’re going to try to take advantage of it.”
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Missouri State running back Calan Crowder set the pace with 11 carries for 124 yards and 2 scores. As a team, the Bears totaled 139 yards and 4 touchdowns on the ground. With an eye on those numbers, Dowdle and Turner are chomping at the bit for their shot at Missouri.
“Just the game plan and seeing their defense,” Turner said, “We feel like we can run or pass. Just do whatever is called.”
Catch and run
Dowdle’s biggest plays of the game were in the passing game, a 34-yard touchdown catch on a wheel route and a 17-yard gain on a shovel pass.
The sophomore grinned when asked if he had any doubts about the touchdown pass, which he bobbled before securing the catch.
“I think I had it the whole time, just focused in on it,” he said. “It just got away from me a little bit when I turned around and spent out of it.”
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Luckily, Dowdle wasn’t too wide-open to make the catch.
“I had a pretty good idea once I made on the defense and [saw],” he said, when asked if he anticipated being that open.
“Because we knew coming into the game that the linebacker had us man. We knew that once our outside person ran his route and set that up, and it worked out perfect.”
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