Participation report: freshman has huge day
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South Carolina didn't play a lot of freshmen in Saturday's dramatic 37-35 win over Missouri but the ones that did delivered.
The Gamecocks (3-2, 2-2 SEC) got a huge boost from Jaycee Horn with Rick Sandidge and Josh Vann also getting into the action.
Horn led the team with four pass breakups while collecting three tackles, none more important than a touchdown-saving one that kept Missouri off the board to spark South Carolina's second half comeback.
Saturday was Horn's fourth start in five games and he didn't shy away from the moment, getting a few pass breakups with Missouri driving inside the Gamecocks' 20-yard line.
He and the rest of the defense held Missouri to just three touchdowns on eight red zone trips.
Sandidge had three tackles as well in the Gamecock defensive line rotation and has been a mainstay in the rotation throughout his entire freshman year.
While he didn't get on the stat sheet, Josh Vann picked up his first-career start with the Gamecocks, coming in with the first group at receiver in place of Bryan Edwards.
Israel Mukuamu played a lot on special teams, as he always does, but got some first-half action at cornerback with the other starters struggling to keep up with Missouri's passing attack.
The Gamecocks took down Missouri 37-35 on a last second field goal from Parker White and wouldn't have been able to do it without the freshmen, especially Horn, stepping up.
Other freshmen who played
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