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November 16, 2013

Game balls, Injury Report

Game Balls

Auburn: The game's first big play came in another state, with Tigers' thrilling 43-38 win highlighted by a 73-yard touchdown pass on fourth-and-18 touchdown meant the Gamecocks still had a chance to make it to Atlanta with a win over the Gators.

Bruce Ellington: His 32-yard touchdown catch finally gave the Gamecocks something to feel good about on offense, especially since it came on fourth-and-3.

Jadeveon Clowney: Clowney played as well as he has in a while against the run, causing havoc in the backfield at times and finishing with five tackles, two for a loss.

Jimmy Legree: His fourth-quarter interception sealed the game for South Carolina and was the game's first turnover. It was his third pick of the season and sixth of his career.

Connor Shaw: Though not great, Shaw led the team to victory and got his 24th career win, tying Todd Ellis for the all-time winningest South Carolina quarterback.

Second-half defense: After allowing 169 rushing yards in the first half, the South Carolina defense stiffened in the third quarter, holding Florida to 18 yards on 14 carries. The defense pitched a shutout in the second half and game the USC offense the time it needed to get back in the game.

Elliott Fry: Fry was 4-of-5 on field goals, none bigger than the last one, a 22-yarder that gave the Gamecocks the lead with 6:43 left in the fourth quarter.

Shon Carson: Out of nowhere, here comes Shon Carson with a 58-yard draw that set up South Carolina's go-ahead drive in the fourth quarter. Carson finished with 102 yards on 13 carries, his first career 100-yard game.

Fans: You don't set a school-record winning streak (16) without super fan support, and the crowd got loud when it needed to in the second half on key defensive stops and helped energize the team as it has done so many times before.

Injury report

Jadeveon Clowney had to be helped off the field with 13:28 in the second quarter after injuring his right ankle on a tackle. He returned the same drive. After the game he said he has the same amount of pain from the bone spurs in his ankle as ever but that he'll play through it the rest of the season.

Defensive end Gerald Dixon went down on the same second-quarter drive with 12:12 before the half. He returned and played well.

Mike Davis came out on USC's second drive of the second quarter but returned. He then came out on the Gamecocks first possession of the third quarter with 12:37 remaining. He played sparingly in the second half, and Steve Spurrier said after the game he was suffering from bruised ribs. As he does each game, Davis himself said he wasn't injured and was just fine.

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