NCAAF Game Recap - Chattanooga at South Carolina
Sat Nov 17, 2018 7:30 PM EST

Cit
17
Ala
50
F
Duke
6
Clem
35
F
Syr
3
ND
36
F
Ind
20
Mich
31
F
UMass
27
UGA
66
F
Kans
40
Okla
55
F
WVU
41
OkSt
45
F
Ariz
28
WaSt
69
F
OHSt
52
MD
51
F OT
Rice
10
LSU
42
F
Cin
13
UCF
38
F
IASt
10
Tex
24
F
UtSt
29
ColSt
24
F
Idaho
10
Fla
63
F
PSU
20
Rut
7
F
OreSt
23
Wash
42
F
MidTN
23
KY
34
F
Utah
30
Colo
7
F
BC
21
FlaSt
22
F
Boise
45
NM
14
F
NW
24
Minn
14
F
Stan
Cal
PPD
Ark
6
MisSt
52
F
WestMI
41
Ball
42
F OT
Buff
17
Ohio
52
F
MiaOH
13
NIU
7
F
Toled
56
Kent
34
F
Tul
17
Hou
48
F
FlAtl
38
NorTx
41
F
Mem
28
SMU
18
F
MSU
6
Neb
9
F
TCU
16
Bayl
9
F
Pitt
34
Wake
13
F
SoFL
17
Temp
27
F
Colg
14
Army
28
F
NCSt
52
Lou
10
F
VMI
14
OD
77
F
FLInt
42
Char
35
F
GASt
17
App
45
F
UTSA
0
Marsh
23
F
Nev
21
SJSU
12
F
ULMon
17
ArkSt
31
F
WCU
26
UNC
49
F
TxSt
7
Troy
12
F
USC
27
UCLA
34
F
LaTec
20
SMiss
21
F
TxTch
6
K St
21
F
Iowa
63
Ill
0
F
MiaFL
38
VaTec
14
F
Mizzu
50
Tenn
17
F
Wisc
47
Purd
44
F(2OT)
Tuls
29
Navy
37
F
UVA
27
GATec
30
F OT
BGSU
21
Akr
6
F
AF
27
Wyo
35
F
Lib
0
Aub
53
F
SoAl
38
ULLaf
48
F
GaSo
41
CoCar
17
F
UAB
20
TxAM
41
F
UConn
21
ECU
55
F
UTEP
16
W Ky
40
F
Miss
29
Vand
36
F OT
Chat
9
SCar
49
F
NMSt
10
BYU
45
F
SDSU
14
Fres
23
F
AzSt
29
Oreg
31
F
UNLV
28
Hawaii
35
F

South Carolina 49, Chattanooga 9

Nov 17, 2018, 7:30 PM EST

Final

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Chattanooga (6-5)

0

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0

6

9

South Carolina (6-4)

14

14

7

14

49

Bentley's 4 TDs lift South Carolina to 49-9 win over Mocs
Sat Nov 17, 2018 11:48 PM

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Quarterback Jake Bentley chatted with one of his favorite targets in receiver Deebo Samuel, honored on Senior Night who reflected on how much he'd miss playing at South Carolina.

"I told him in winning this game, we'd have a little bit more time together," Bentley said.

Bentley threw for 339 yards and tied his career best with four touchdowns as the Gamecocks became bowl eligible with a 49-9 victory over Chattanooga on Saturday night.

A.J. Turner, a junior with eight career touchdowns coming in, accounted for three TDs for the Gamecocks (6-4) against the Mocs (6-5) of the Football Championship Subdivision.

"It's not about the touchdowns, it's about us being able to play together," Turner said.

The win was an important one for the Gamecocks (6-4), whose time was running out at trying to make the postseason.

South Carolina goes to powerhouse state rival No. 2 Clemson next week where it will be heavy underdogs. Without the Chattanooga win, the Gamecocks' postseason hopes would've rested on a makeup contest with Akron on Dec. 1.

"We've been through adversity this year," Bentley said. "It's great to know we've got some postseason ball ahead of us."

The Gamecocks, who fell to FCS opponent The Citadel here three years ago, didn't want to mess around with Chattanooga. Bentley and Turner made sure they started fast with touchdowns on their first three possessions.

Bentley was 5-of-6 passing on South Carolina's opening possession, including a 16-yard TD throw to Turner.

He was at it again the next time he got the ball with a 12-play drive that ended with a 6-yard TD throw to Turner.

Turner was front and center on the next drive, too, finishing the series with an 11-yard scoring run.

Turner had only one touchdown in eight games this season before breaking out big against Chattanooga in the opening half.

Bentley, who was 25 of 29 passing, didn't stop after the break in adding scoring throws of 53 yards to Shi Smith and 61 yards to Samuel.

Bentley tied his career high of four touchdowns first accomplished in a win over Coastal Carolina in September.

Samuel finished with five catches for 112 yards, his second straight game with over 100 yards receiving.

Chattanooga was overmatched from the start. The Mocs had a field goal and an extra point blocked. They were just one of eight on third-down tries in the opening half.

Chattanooga's lone TD came when receiver Bryce Nunnelly threw a 2-yard scoring pass to a wide open quarterback Nick Tiano with less than five minutes left in the game.

They were in the thick of the Southern Conference race the first two months of the season, but fell to 0-3 in November with this loss.

Mocs coach Tom Arth was pleased with his team's effort.

"I thought we left some plays out there," he said. "That's the hard part."

THE TAKEAWAY

Chattanooga: The Mocs made the NCAA FCS playoffs for three straight seasons from 2014-16, but have gone 9-13 the past two seasons under Arth. The team doubled its win total from Arth's first season, but struggled down the stretch as it went 0-3 in November.

South Carolina: Beating an FCS team does not make all OK for the Gamecocks, but it does take some of the sting out of its fourth-quarter collapse at Florida a week ago. Most importantly, the victory gives South Carolina a December of bowl practices which it certainly needs to shore up its defense, which ranked 12th in the Southeastern Conference coming into the game.

FACING CLEMSON

The Gamecocks head to Clemson trying to snap a four-game losing streak in the series where they've been outscored 162-66 in that stretch. South Carolina coach Will Muschamp said his team understands they need to pick things up against their rival.

"There's always a chip on your shoulder in the rivalry," South Carolina linebacker T.J. Brunson said. "But you have to prepare the same way as always."

YOUNG GAMECOCKS

South Carolina played many of its youngest players who coach Will Muschamp believes will be a big part of the future. Quarterbacks Dakereon Joyner and Jay Urich saw time late and freshman tailback Deshaun Fenwick ran for 112 yards and a touchdown in his most significant action this season.

UP NEXT

Chattanooga's season is complete.

South Carolina travels to state rival Clemson next Saturday night.

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Passing

Chat Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
N. Tiano 36 17 47.2 0 254 57 1 59.3
B. Nunnelly 1 1 100.0 1 2 2 0 118.8
SCar Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Bentley 29 25 86.2 4 339 61 0 155.0
M. Scarnecchia 4 2 50.0 0 15 9 0 59.4

Rushing

Chat Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
T. Price 9 41 4.6 20 0
A. Trotter 5 20 4.0 8 0
SCar Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
D. Fenwick 17 112 6.6 37 1
A. Turner 8 65 8.1 14 1

Receiving

Chat Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
B. Nunnelly 5 141 28.2 57 0
W. Young 1 33 33.0 33 0
SCar Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
D. Samuel 5 112 22.4 61 1
B. Edwards 4 69 17.3 36 0

Fumbles

Chat F FL
N. Tiano 1 0

Returning

SCar KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
B. Edwards 0 - 0 0 3 5.0 0 19
K. Markway 2 3.5 0 7 0 - 0 0

Punting

Chat Punt Yds Avg LgPu
C. Brewer 4 173 43.3 50
SCar Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Charlton 2 92 46.0 50

Takeaways

SCar Int Yds InTD
I. Mukuamu 1 26 0

Team Stats Comparison

Chat SCar
Points For 9 49
Total Yards 334 602
Rushing Yards 78 238
Passing Yards 256 364
Passing Completions / Attempts 18/37 29/36
Turnovers 2 0
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 2/1 0/0
First Downs 17 33
Penalties - Yards 6/49 6/48
Time Of Possession 37:37 23:23
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 3/12 5/10
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/0 1/2
Punts - Average Yards 5/39 2/46

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Chat SCar
SCar 5:07 TD A.J. Turner 16 yd pass from Jake Bentley (Parker White kick) 0 7
SCar 10:44 TD A.J. Turner 6 yd pass from Jake Bentley (Parker White kick) 0 14
2nd Quarter Chat SCar
Chat 0:05 FG Victor Ulmo 36 yd FG 3 14
SCar 1:16 TD A.J. Turner 11 yd run (Parker White kick) 3 21
SCar 14:26 TD Mon Denson 1 yd run (Parker White kick) 3 28
3rd Quarter Chat SCar
SCar 1:28 TD Shi Smith 53 yd pass from Jake Bentley (Parker White kick) 3 35
4th Quarter Chat SCar
SCar 0:12 TD Deebo Samuel 61 yd pass from Jake Bentley (Parker White kick) 3 42
SCar 4:09 TD Deshaun Fenwick 2 yd run (Alexander Woznick kick) 3 49
Chat 10:08 TD Nick Tiano 2 yd pass from Bryce Nunnelly (blocked XP) 9 49

Game Information

Stadium: Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, South Carolina
Attendance: 72,832
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