NCAAF Game Recap - Charleston Southern at South Carolina
Sat Sep 7, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

TxAM
10
Clem
24
F
NMSt
10
Ala
62
F
Murr
17
UGA
63
F
SD
14
Okla
70
F
Cin
0
OHSt
42
F
LSU
45
Tex
38
F
Army
21
Mich
24
F(1OT)
Tul
6
Aub
24
F
UT-M
0
Fla
45
F
NIU
17
Utah
35
F
Cal
20
Wash
19
F
Buff
13
PSU
45
F
Nev
6
Oreg
77
F
C Mi
0
Wisc
61
F
UCF
48
FlAtl
14
F
WestMI
17
MSU
51
F
Rut
0
Iowa
30
F
Syr
20
MD
63
F
NoCol
17
WaSt
59
F
Stan
20
USC
45
F
Marsh
7
Boise
14
F
Neb
31
Colo
34
F OT
Wake
41
Rice
21
F
W&M
17
UVA
52
F
SacSt
7
AzSt
19
F
Ohio
10
Pitt
20
F
(N/A)
23
Kent
26
F
WVU
7
Mizzu
38
F
Sou
24
Mem
55
F
BGSU
0
K St
52
F
OD
17
VaTec
31
F
ChaSo
10
SCar
72
F
Vand
24
Purd
42
F
UAB
31
Akr
20
F
WCU
0
NCSt
41
F
SoFL
10
GATec
14
F
Ford
29
Ball
57
F
TnTec
17
MiaOH
48
F
SMiss
15
MisSt
38
F
Gram
14
LaTec
20
F
SIU
45
UMass
20
F
E Il
0
Ind
52
F
Ill
31
UConn
23
F
Rich
13
BC
45
F
Char
41
App
56
F
WIl
13
ColSt
38
F
UTSA
14
Bayl
63
F
SDSU
23
UCLA
14
F
ULMon
44
FlaSt
45
F OT
Maine
18
GaSo
26
F
GWebb
9
ECU
48
F
NCAT
13
Duke
45
F
Furm
42
GASt
48
F
Wyo
23
TxSt
14
F
JacSt
14
SoAl
37
F
NorTx
27
SMU
49
F
McNee
14
OkSt
56
F
TnSt
26
MidTN
45
F
CoCar
12
Kans
7
F
BYU
29
Tenn
26
F(1OT)
E Ky
0
Lou
42
F
W Ky
20
FLInt
14
F
Stony
7
UtSt
62
F
Ark
17
Miss
31
F
Lib
14
ULLaf
35
F
E Mi
17
KY
38
F
UTEP
3
TxTch
38
F
PVAM
17
Hou
37
F
MiaFL
25
UNC
28
F
Tuls
34
SJSU
16
F
ArkSt
43
UNLV
17
F
Minn
38
Fres
35
F(1OT)
NoAZ
41
Ariz
65
F
OreSt
28
Hawaii
31
F

South Carolina 72, Charleston Southern 10

Sep 7, 2019, 12:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

Charleston Southern (0-2)

3

0

0

7

10

South Carolina (1-1)

21

23

7

21

72

Freshman Hilinski's debut leads South Carolina to 72-10 win
Sat Sep 7, 2019 4:44 PM

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) South Carolina fans gave quarterback Ryan Hilinski even more love than a second string QB typically gets in his first start and the freshman with the inspiring backstory responded with a storybook debut.

Hilinski completed 24 of 30 passes for 282 yards and two touchdowns and ran for another score leading the Gamecocks (1-1) to a 72-10 win over Charleston Southern on Saturday.

The highly touted Hilinski earned the backup job in spring practice after enrolling early from high school and was elevated to starter after senior Jake Bentley broke his foot in the last play of the opening loss to North Carolina. Bentley is out for at least several weeks.

While South Carolina was recruiting Hilinski, his older brother Tyler Hilinski killed himself while playing quarterback for Washington State. The school promised to do whatever it could to help his family and their Hilinski's Hope foundation in Tyler's honor to help make the mental health of college athletes as important as their physical health.

The crowd chanted "Let's go Ryan!" during his first two drives.

Hilinski's parents were in the stands and his mother, Kym, said during an in-game interview with the SEC Network that she caught herself cheering for Tyler as her younger son took the field for South Carolina.

"I stepped back and I said, `Oh my god, I can't believe I just yelled that.' But I think they were both out there on the field today, right?" Kym Hilinski said in the TV interview. "It was Ryan and Tyler, and Tyler was his angel on the field. I hope he's with him for the rest of this season and the next few seasons."

The Gamecocks mostly kept it simple for Hilinski against the FCS Buccaneers (0-2) with plenty of screens, short passes and handoffs. Hilinski did hit Bryan Edwards in stride for a 60-yard touchdown pass and looked like a freshman in the third quarter when he was rushed and sailed a pass for his one interception.

But overall, it was a fine debut for the freshman. Things get exponentially harder next week with No. 2 Alabama coming to town for the Southeastern Conference opener.

Ryan Hilinski didn't speak after the game. South Carolina coach Will Muschamp has a policy that freshmen can't talk to reporters.

Muschamp said dealing with the pain and struggle of what happened to his brother helps Ryan Hilinski deal with social media and the crucible of now being a starting quarterback in the SEC.

"It makes you grow up very quickly," Muschamp said. "It helps you handle criticism."

Saturday's fairly vanilla game plan wasn't because it was Hilinski's first start, Muschamp said.

"The guy can handle what we're doing. He's extremely bright," Muschamp said.

OFFENSIVE EXPLOSION

South Carolina set school records for most yards (775) and rushing yards (493) on Saturday.

Edwards caught five passes for 112 yards. Mon Denson ran nine times for 118 yards and a touchdown, Rico Dowdle had 10 carries for 87 yards and two touchdowns and Kevin Harris ran six times for 147 yards and three TDs, all in second half mop up time.

"I'm pleased with the production we had," Muschamp said.

DEFENSIVE LOCKDOWN

South Carolina's defense held Charleston Southern to 267 yards - just 85 of them coming in the first half. The Buccaneers lost yards on the opening play of four of its seven first half drives.

"We got our butts kicked," said Charleston Southern coach Autry Denson, trying to shift the program to his vision in his first year as a head coach. "But it is all part of the process of what we are trying to be."

The Gamecocks put in reserves after leading 44-3 at the break. At one point in the third quarter, they played four freshmen in the defensive backfield, including Shilo Sanders, son of NFL great Deion Sanders.

THE TAKEAWAY

Charleston Southern: The Buccaneers took away $400,000 for their athletic programs. They also got to use athletic facilities at South Carolina and the Carolina Panthers this week after Hurricane Dorian passed close by and chased them from campus. Denson saw the week's events as an opportunity, not a distraction or problem. "We got to experience a bunch of things these guys would have otherwise not got to experience," Denson said.

South Carolina: The lower division Buccaneers helped soothe some frazzled Gamecocks nerves after the opening loss to North Carolina. But whether it shows a team getting it together remains to be seen. The 72 points were the most in Muschamp's four seasons coaching South Carolina and the most for the Gamecocks since beating Kent State 77-14 in 1995.

UP NEXT

Charleston Southern: The Buccaneers host North Carolina A&T next Saturday

South Carolina: The Gamecocks host No. 2 Alabama next Saturday. Something that will be said a lot next week: The last time the Crimson Tide lost to a SEC East team was 35-21 against South Carolina in Columbia in 2010.

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Passing

ChaSo Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
J. Chambers 30 14 46.7 0 116 20 2 29.3
R. Malmgren 13 11 84.6 1 77 32 0 117.0
SCar Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
D. Joyner 1 1 100.0 0 0 0 0 79.2
R. Hilinski 30 24 80.0 2 282 60 1 114.2

Rushing

ChaSo Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
R. Harris 8 53 6.6 44 0
J. Earl 5 15 3.0 7 0
SCar Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
K. Harris 6 147 24.5 75 3
M. Denson 9 118 13.1 57 1

Receiving

ChaSo Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Williams 3 45 15.0 32 1
T. Wilson 4 31 7.8 20 0
SCar Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
K. Toney 1 0 0.0 0 0
B. Edwards 5 112 22.4 60 2

Fumbles

Returning

ChaSo KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
G. Wall 2 12.5 0 22 0 - 0 0
SCar KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
K. Markway 2 5.5 0 6 0 - 0 0
J. Vann 0 - 0 0 2 12.0 0 22

Punting

ChaSo Punt Yds Avg LgPu
K. Reighard 6 260 43.3 55

Takeaways

ChaSo Int Yds InTD
T. Montgomery 1 1 0
SCar Int Yds InTD
I. Mukuamu 1 0 0
J. Dixon 1 3 0

Team Stats Comparison

ChaSo SCar
Points For 10 72
Total Yards 267 775
Rushing Yards 72 493
Passing Yards 195 282
Passing Completions / Attempts 26/46 25/31
Turnovers 3 2
Interceptions Thrown 3 1
Fumbles - Lost 0/0 1/1
First Downs 14 29
Penalties - Yards 2/14 3/35
Time Of Possession 56:56 4:04
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 6/17 4/7
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/2 2/2
Punts - Average Yards 6/43 0/0

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter ChaSo SCar
SCar 3:31 TD Rico Dowdle 3 yd run (Parker White kick) 0 7
SCar 9:02 TD Ryan Hilinski 4 yd run (Parker White kick) 0 14
ChaSo 12:13 FG Miller Braddock 41 yd FG 3 14
SCar 14:54 TD Dakereon Joyner 6 yd run (Parker White kick) 3 21
2nd Quarter ChaSo SCar
SCar 2:47 TD Bryan Edwards 10 yd pass from Ryan Hilinski (Parker White kick) 3 28
SCar 5:00 TD Bryan Edwards 60 yd pass from Ryan Hilinski (Parker White kick) 3 35
SCar 8:13 FG Parker White 47 yd FG 3 38
SCar 14:26 TD Rico Dowdle 5 yd run (missed kick) 3 44
3rd Quarter ChaSo SCar
SCar 4:00 TD Kevin Harris 1 yd run (Will Tommie kick) 3 51
4th Quarter ChaSo SCar
SCar 0:26 TD Mon Denson 57 yd run (Will Tommie kick) 3 58
SCar 5:11 TD Kevin Harris 45 yd run (Will Tommie kick) 3 65
ChaSo 11:50 TD Jaquan Williams 3 yd pass from Ross Malmgren (Miller Braddock kick) 10 65
SCar 12:25 TD Kevin Harris 75 yd run (Will Tommie kick) 10 72

Game Information

Stadium: Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, South Carolina
Attendance: 70,698
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