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S Carolina finally makes a field goal to beat La Tech 17-16

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Nothing had gone right in Parker White's college career. He missed two field goals last week in a South Carolina loss and two more as the Gamecocks looked on their way to an embarrassing loss to Louisiana Tech.

Oh-for-four, booed on his home field and torn apart all last week on Twitter, the freshman kicker finally hit a kick true, the 31-yarder sailing through the uprights with seven seconds left as the Gamecocks (3-1) beat the Bulldogs 17-16 on Saturday.

White danced around the field waving his arms at the student section after the first game-winning field goal in his life. And after the Bulldogs (2-2) failed to return the kickoff, he ran and jumped into the student section.

''Biggest thing as a kicker is you have to forget about your previous kicks,'' White said.

The winning was an immediate balm for South Carolina. But there were still problems. Sophomore quarterback Jake Bentley had several overthrows and an ugly interception that required a tackle from him to prevent a touchdown the other way. There was a defense that put little pressure on Louisiana Tech and allowed 6-of-13 conversions on third down - with the meat of the Southeastern Conference schedule starting next week at Texas A&M.

''We all take the blame together - starting with me,'' coach Will Muschamp said.

The Gamecocks (3-1) trailed 13-0 before a wild fourth quarter that saw South Carolina take a 14-13 lead and Louisiana Tech (2-2) answer with a 10-play, 84-yard drive that ended with what appeared to be the game winning 25-yard field goal by Jonathan Barnes with 55 seconds left.

Bentley knew he had to get the ball down the field so his roommate could win it. ''You're going to have to step up and make one for us,'' Bentley told White during the week.

And Muschamp said he went to White at halftime and told his kicker that he had a feeling he would have to win this game. Muschamp then sent his kicker out with a big smile and a high five right before his prediction came true.

''I'm very proud of Parker White, who stood tall in a week of negativity.'' Muschamp said.

Bentley was 22-of-34 for 295 yards with a touchdown and an interception. Ty'Son Williams ran 13 times for 95 yards after getting no carries for South Carolina in last week's loss to Kentucky.

For Louisiana Tech coach Skip Holtz, it was another shot at a big win that slipped away. The Bulldogs led Arkansas midway through the fourth quarter last year before losing 21-20 and lost to Kansas State 39-33 in triple overtime in 2015.

''We've been close,'' Holtz said. ''There's no moral victory in close.''

THE TAKEAWAY:

Louisiana Tech: Holtz is now 0-8 coaching against Southeastern Conference teams. Barnes, a senior, has made all eight field goals he has tried in the final two minutes of regulation and overtime. J'Mar Smith was 23-of-33 for 281 yards, a touchdown and an interception for Louisiana Tech. Teddy Veal caught 10 passes for 110 yards.

South Carolina: Bryan Edwards had six catches for 122 yards. This was the first game for South Carolina since Deebo Samuel broke his leg. Samuels had six touchdowns in three games, including two on kick returns.

FINAL DRIVE

Facing a third-and-10 with about 30 seconds to go, no timeouts and the pocket collapsing, Bentley made a bold choice, taking off instead of throwing the ball away.

''Honestly, I was just running as fast as I could,: Bentley said after being asked to break down the play.

With the clock running, Bentley then ran a play instead of spiking the ball. He threw a pass into three Bulldog defenders, and Edwards somehow came down with the 31-yard catch with seven seconds to go.

HOLTZ'S HOMECOMING

Holtz was an assistant for his father, Lou, at South Carolina for six seasons and was initially promised the Gamecocks job when his dad retired. But South Carolina hired Steve Spurrier instead. It was his first game at Williams-Brice Stadium since all the drama 13 years ago.

Holtz said he enjoyed seeing old friends and catching up with people like the guy who cuts the grass at the stadium, but he made he didn't turn it into anything more.

''This game wasn't about me. It was about our football players,'' Holtz said.

UP NEXT:

Louisiana Tech: The Bulldogs host South Alabama on Saturday in their final non-conference game of the year.

South Carolina: The Gamecocks head to Texas A&M as they play six SEC games in a row.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 0:07
43-P.White 31 yards Field Goal is Good.
6
plays
65
yds
0:47
pos
16
17
Field Goal 0:58
10-J.Barnes 25 yards Field Goal is Good.
10
plays
84
yds
3:08
pos
16
14
Point After TD 4:52
43-P.White extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
13
14
Touchdown 4:52
27-T.Williams runs 35 yards for a touchdown.
2
plays
74
yds
00:40
pos
13
13
Point After TD 11:06
43-P.White extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
13
7
Touchdown 11:06
19-J.Bentley complete to 18-O.Smith. 18-O.Smith runs 28 yards for a touchdown.
16
plays
97
yds
03:26
pos
13
6
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 8:54
10-J.Barnes extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
13
0
Touchdown 8:54
8-J.Smith complete to 9-T.Veal. 9-T.Veal runs 3 yards for a touchdown.
13
plays
90
yds
06:06
pos
12
0
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 5:31
10-J.Barnes 52 yards Field Goal is Good.
4
plays
7
yds
1:00
pos
6
0
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Field Goal 1:48
10-J.Barnes 33 yards Field Goal is Good.
14
plays
64
yds
6:38
pos
3
0
Team Stats
1st Downs 17 23
Rushing 4 11
Passing 12 12
Penalty 1 0
3rd Down Conv 6-13 8-14
4th Down Conv 0-0 1-1
Total Net Yards 359 415
Total Plays 61 67
Avg Gain 5.9 6.2
Net Yards Rushing 80 143
Rush Attempts 28 32
Avg Rush Yards 2.9 4.5
Net Yards Passing 279 272
Comp. - Att. 23-33 22-35
Yards Per Pass 8.5 7.8
Sacked - Yards Lost 1-2 3-23
Penalties - Yards 3-25 -1--15
Touchdowns 1 2
Rushing TDs 0 1
Passing TDs 1 1
Other 0 0
Turnovers 2 2
Fumbles - Lost 1-1 1-1
Int. Thrown 1 1
Punts - Avg 2-43.5 2-40.5
Return Yards 69 35
Punts - Returns 0-0 1-10
Kickoffs - Returns 2-50 2-25
Int. - Returns 1-19 1-0
Kicking 4/5 3/5
Extra Points 1/1 2/2
Field Goals 3/4 1/3
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Louisiana Tech 2-2 337316
South Carolina 3-1 0001717
279 PASS YDS 272
80 RUSH YDS 143
359 TOTAL YDS 415
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Smith 8 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
69.7% 281 1 1 145.2
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
56.2% 1003 4 3 126.5
J. Smith 23/33 281 1 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
J. Craft 3 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
14 48 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
62 296 2
J. Craft 14 48 0 11
B. Scott 6 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 17 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
38 197 0
B. Scott 8 17 0 8
J. Smith 8 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
5 12 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
29 85 0
J. Smith 5 12 0 6
K. McKnight 15 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 3 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 6 2
K. McKnight 1 3 0 3
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
T. Veal 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
10 110 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
25 243 1
T. Veal 10 110 1 42
R. Bonnette 86 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 94 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 279 2
R. Bonnette 6 94 0 37
K. McKnight 15 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 33 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 46 0
K. McKnight 2 33 0 19
M. Watts 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 33 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 80 0
M. Watts 3 33 0 19
B. Scott 6 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 10 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 75 0
B. Scott 1 10 0 10
J. Craft 3 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 31 1
J. Craft 1 1 0 1
D. Oliver 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 29 0
D. Oliver 0 0 0 0
A. Smith 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 5 0
A. Smith 0 0 0 0
A. Hardy 89 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
0 0 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 49 0
A. Hardy 0 0 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
R. Farris 31 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
8-0 0 1.0
R. Farris 8-0 1.0 0
A. Roberson 30 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-2 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-2 1 0.0
A. Roberson 6-2 0.0 1
D. King 8 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
D. King 6-1 0.0 0
B. Durman 44 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
6-1 0 0.0
B. Durman 6-1 0.0 0
A. Robertson 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 1 1.0
A. Robertson 4-0 1.0 0
L. Sneed 24 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
L. Sneed 4-0 0.0 0
S. Cooper 2 S
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-2 0 0.0
S. Cooper 4-2 0.0 0
J. Bradford 94 DT
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
J. Bradford 3-1 0.0 0
D. Canty 50 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
D. Canty 3-0 0.0 0
K. Mason 96 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
K. Mason 2-0 0.0 0
D. Washington 33 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 2 0.0
D. Washington 2-0 0.0 0
E. Blankenship 49 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 0 0.0
E. Blankenship 1-1 0.0 0
K. Garner 99 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Garner 1-0 0.0 0
J. Ferguson 45 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
J. Ferguson 1-0 1.0 0
M. Ydarraga 95 DE
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
M. Ydarraga 1-0 0.0 0
D. Lewis 38 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
D. Lewis 0-1 0.0 0
C. Scott 35 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
C. Scott 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
J. Barnes 10 K
IN-GAME FG XP
3/4 1/1
SEASON FG XP
9/11 11/12
J. Barnes 3/4 52 1/1 10
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
D. Dyer 36 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 43.5 0
SEASON NO AVG IN20
2 43.5 0
D. Dyer 2 43.5 0 47
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
B. Scott 6 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
2 25.0 35 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
4 20.8 35 0
B. Scott 2 25.0 35 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Bentley 19 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
64.7% 295 1 1 141.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
63.8% 1001 7 4 141.9
J. Bentley 22/34 295 1 1
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
T. Williams 27 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 95 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
27 173 1
T. Williams 13 95 1 35
R. Dowdle 5 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
9 32 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
43 130 1
R. Dowdle 9 32 0 9
A. Turner 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 10 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
14 40 0
A. Turner 3 10 0 8
J. Bentley 19 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 5 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
22 30 0
J. Bentley 6 5 0 24
R. Davis 8 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
1 1 0
R. Davis 1 1 0 1
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
B. Edwards 89 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
6 122 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
21 269 0
B. Edwards 6 122 0 41
H. Hurst 81 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 39 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 145 1
H. Hurst 3 39 0 18
O. Smith 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 36 1
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 45 2
O. Smith 2 36 1 28
A. Turner 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 23 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
4 29 0
A. Turner 3 23 0 10
R. Davis 8 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 23 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
3 32 0
R. Davis 2 23 0 13
J. August 40 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 14 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 14 0
J. August 1 14 0 14
T. Williams 27 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 14 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 26 0
T. Williams 2 14 0 8
S. Smith 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 14 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
9 84 0
S. Smith 1 14 0 14
C. Terrell 86 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 6 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
2 11 0
C. Terrell 1 6 0 6
R. Dowdle 5 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 4 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 96 1
R. Dowdle 1 4 0 4
Defense T-A SACK INT
S. Moore 10 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
11-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
11-1 1 0.0
S. Moore 11-1 0.0 0
T. Brunson 6 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
7-1 0 0.0
T. Brunson 7-1 0.0 0
R. Fenton 16 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
R. Fenton 4-0 0.0 0
C. Lammons 3 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
4-0 0 0.0
C. Lammons 4-0 0.0 0
T. Stallworth 90 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 0.0
T. Stallworth 3-0 0.0 0
J. Williams 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-1 1 0.0
J. Williams 3-1 0.0 0
D. Fennell 35 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
3-0 0 1.0
D. Fennell 3-0 1.0 0
D. Smith 24 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
D. Smith 2-1 0.0 0
U. Jones 93 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-0 0 0.0
U. Jones 2-0 0.0 0
D. Wonnum 8 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
2-1 0 0.0
D. Wonnum 2-1 0.0 0
K. Smith 97 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 0.0
K. Smith 1-0 0.0 0
J. King 7 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-1 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-1 1 0.0
J. King 1-1 0.0 1
A. Sterling 15 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
A. Sterling 0-1 0.0 0
K. Thomas 5 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.0
K. Thomas 0-1 0.0 0
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
P. White 43 K
IN-GAME FG XP
1/3 2/2
SEASON FG XP
1/5 3/3
P. White 1/3 31 2/2 5
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Charlton 20 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
2 40.5 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
16 43.4 1
J. Charlton 2 40.5 1 53
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Fenton 16 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 10.0 10 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
1 10.0 10 0
R. Fenton 1 10.0 10 0
A. Turner 25 RB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 15.0 15 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 14.4 15 0
A. Turner 1 15.0 15 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Lammons 3 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 10.0 10 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
6 8.3 10 0
C. Lammons 1 10.0 10 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
8:56 LATECH 20 7:08 14 64 FG
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:27 LATECH 12 2:52 7 62 FG Miss
7:06 SC 42 1:35 3 7 FG
0:48 LATECH 29 0:46 3 10 End of Quarter
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 LATECH 25 6:06 13 75 TD
7:32 LATECH 34 3:40 8 -31 INT
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
11:06 LATECH 25 1:17 3 1 Fumble
8:13 LATECH 28 2:36 4 6 Punt
4:44 LATECH 8 3:46 9 84 FG
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 SC 25 5:57 12 58 FG Miss
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
1:34 SC 15 1:33 6 20 Punt
10:29 SC 26 3:14 7 32 INT
5:23 SC 25 4:29 11 46 FG Miss
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
8:54 SC 25 1:14 5 41 Fumble
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
3:42 SC 3 3:26 16 97 TD
9:36 SC 37 1:12 3 7 Punt
5:32 SC 26 0:40 2 74 TD
0:42 SC 21 0:35 5 65 FG