Hey TEC readers,
The first ever TEC blog is officially online!
Updates will be made per quarter here on the blog site and instant updates will be available in the play-by-play window.
ECU is taking the field in the all white jersey and pants, but they are donning the "skull and bones" helmets, last worn against Virginia Tech in 2009.
1st quarter: 7-0 ECU
The Pirates are ahead of the Gamecocks 7-0 at the end of the first quarter. Dominique Davis found Justin Hardy open over the middle for the opening score. The new 3-4 defense has looked surprisingly hungry and has brought plenty of pressure on Gamecock QB Connor Shaw. ECU has forced two turnovers thus far. and are looking to score another as they enter the second quarter in the redzone. The biggest threats for ECU have been junior college transfer Reggie Bullock and receiver Justin Hardy.
2nd quarter: 24-14 ECU
The Pirates were knocking on the door as the first quarter expired, and just as the second quarter started they drove home their second score with a Lance Lewis touch down. Lewis faded to the corner and leaped over the defender to bring in the 19 yard catch. Following that drive, ECU recovered a fumbled kick off by the Gamecocks. The Pirates failed to make it into the end zone, but Michael Barbour booted a 24 yard field goal to put ECU up 17-0. Following the drive Connor Shaw was yanked by SC head coach Steve Spurrier for senior Stephen Garcia. With Garcia at the helm the Gamecocks scored 14 unanswered points. Garcia scrambled for a 32 yard run and Lattimore walked in on the second score with 5:44 left in the second quarter. Following the return of the South Carolina offense, the two teams traded fumbles. ECU recomposed and drove down the in the waning seconds to score one last touch down before half time. Davis found Joe Womack on the goal line with three seconds left in the half to put the Pirates up 24-14 on the No. 12 Gamecocks. All in the two teams combined for five turnovers in the first half, with four of those committed by the SEC powerhouse. Stay tuned to our play-by-play coverage of the second half.
3rd quarter: 42-31
Three ECU fumbles in the third quarter allowed the Gamecocks to claw back into the game for the second time. The first fumble occured Lance Lewis brought in a pass from Davis but failed to secure it before he hit the ground. The second turnover was forced by a bad snap and the third was given up on an attempted run by Michael Dobson. The Gamecocks turned all three fumbles into touchdowns.
ECU showed some signs of life as the revamped no-huddle tempo picked back up, leading to a score in under two minutes. Davis walked in on a quarterback keeper to bring the Pirates in reach, 35-31 South Carolina. The Gamecocks turned their attention to the ground game as Lattimore was called on several consecutive plays including an eventual 1-yard rushing touchdown. At the end of the third SC was back to a comfortable lead at 42-31.
4th quarter: 56-31
The Pirates failed to score in the first half of the fourth quarter, but the Gamecocks continued their rapid turnaround extending the lead to 56-31 with nine minutes left in the game. Be sure to stay tuned for post game updates and for future game day blogs.
*NOTICE: I will be testing out some interactive blog software called Cover it Live. The program is used by several schools, publications and websites. Stay tuned for the in game coverage today at 7 p.m. Click on the link below to access the play-by-play window.