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South Carolina 1995 Carquest Bowl Part 2


QUESTIONABLE CALL. THEY ARE REALLY CALLING THEM TIGHT HERE.>>Verne: YES.>>Dan: IT DIDN’T LOOKS LIKE– IF HE WAS HOLDING, HE DIDN’T DO A VERY GOOD JOB OF IT.>>Verne: AND AS A RESULT OF THAT, IT’S GOING TO BE A THIRD DOWN AND SIX, FOURTH PENALTY ON WEST VIRGINIA. 10-0 IS THE SCORE, SOUTH CAROLINA LEADS. THIRD TIME NOW THAT WEST VIRGINIA HAS BEEN INSIDE THE 30, AND A BIG HOLE. THIS WILL BE WALKER FOR A TOUCHDOWN!>>Verne: MY GOODNESS HE WAS WIDE OPEN.>>Dan: VERY SIMPLE EXPLANATION FOR IT, VERNE. THE GAMECOCKS WERE COMING ON AN ALL-OUT BLITZ. THEY EVEN BROUGHT THE SAFETY– RATHER, THE CORNERBACK, TERRY COUSIN FROM THE LEFT SIDE OF THE SCREEN, HERE HE COMES, AND ONCE WALKER GETS THROUGH THE FRONT LINE, AIN’T NOBODY HOME. LEE WIGGINS, THE SAFETY, STEPPED UP INSIDE AND WALKER HIGH STEPS ON IN.>>Verne: THE EXTRA POINT FROM BAUMANN IS GOOD, AND THE MOUNTAINEERS GET ON THE BOARD WITH 9:56 REMAINING IN THE FIRST HALF OF PLAY.>>Dan: MANY TIMES A TEAM WILL GET BEAT BY THE FORWARD PASS ON THE BLITZ. THIS IS JUST A SIMPLE RUNNING PLAY WITH THE LEAD BLOCK BY BARBER. GOOD CUTBACK BY WALKER, AND THIS IS HIS VERY FIRST RUSHING TOUCHDOWN OF THE YEAR. BLOCK BY, AND THEN WATCH WIGGINS AS HE CAN’T EITHER FIGURE OUT WHERE WALKER IS OR TURNS DOWN THE PLAY ENTIRELY. 24 YARDS, EASY HIGH-STEPPING TOUCHDOWN FOR WALKER, BUT YOU’VE GOT TO LOVE THIS BLOCK BY LOVETT PERNELL AS HE CRUSHES THE LINEBACKER.>>Verne: HERE’S THE KICKOFF BY TODD SAUERBRUN TAKEN BY BENNETT AT THE 5-YARD LINE AND HE’S GOT SOME ROOM AND SAUERBRUN, THE PLACEKICKER OR PUNTER RATHER, WHO ALSO HAS THE KICKOFFS, HAS TO KNOCK HIM OUT OF BOUNDS.>>Michele: I’M STANDING BY WITH JOE AND SUSIE TAFFONI, THE FAMILY OF WEST VIRGINIA LINEBACKER MATT TAFFONI, YOU WENT ON TO PLAY FOR KEEFE LAND AND NEW YORK AND THE N.F.L. WHAT’S IT LIKE WATCHING YOUR SON IN HIS LAST COLLEGE GAME?>>MORE EXCITING THAN PLAYING. I CAN’T TELL YOU THE FEELING YOU GET INSIDE WHEN YOU SEE YOUR KID ON THE FIELD.>>Michele: MUST BE EXCITING. YOU SPOCK TO MATT AND WHAT KIND OF ADVICE DID YOU GIVE HIM, IF ANY?>>HE KIND OF THREW US OUT OF HIS ROOM GETTING READY FOR THE GAME. YOU DOESN’T GAVE HIM MUCH ADVICE THEN WITH THE GAME FACE ON ♪ A FOOTNOTE TO THIS, A ROOMMATE OF YOURS AND A TEAMMATE ON THE NEW YORK GIANTS WAS JOE MORRISON, YOU NAME JOE MORRISON YOU’RE SON’S GODFATHER. WHAT WAS YOUR RELATIONSHIP LIKE WITH JOE MAR SON?>>WE WERE VERY CLOSE, LOCKERED TOGETHER WHEN WE PLAYED FOR NEW YORK. AND HE LEFT TO COACH, I PLAYED TUBE MORE YEARS AND HE ASKED ME TO COME DOWN AND JOIN HIM. WE HAD MATE, WHEN HE WAS TWO YEARS OLD AND THEY WERE JUST LIKE FATHER AND SON.>>Michele: OF COURSE, THE LATE JOE MORRISON ALSO COACHED THE SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS, ALSO, AS WE MENTIONED, THE GODFATHER OF MATT. LET’S GO BACK TO YOU, VERNE.>>Verne: MATT TAFFONI, A PRE-MED STUDENT.>>Verne: FIRST DOWN AFTER THE PENALTY, FIRST AND 15, 9:05. TANEYHILL, A LITTLE UTAH PASS. A LITTLE SHOVEL PASS, WORKS. STANLEY PRITCHETT, AND LEE GROSHKUP POPULARIZED THAT MORE THAN WE’D LIKE TO REMEMBER BACK IN THE LATE 50’S.>>Dan: MUST BE FABULOUS TO HAVE A PLAY LIKE THAT THAT EVERYBODY WILL ALWAYS SAY WHEN YOU RUN IT, ALL YOU PROFESSIONAL ANNOUNCERS DO, THAT’S A LEE GROHSCUP PLAY. THAT PLAY GOES NOWHERE, BRANDON BENNETT TO THE 33.>>Dan: AND IT WAS MATT TAFFONI WHO CAME UP WITH THE OUTSIDE CONTAINMENT TO FORCE BENNETT INSIDE.>>Verne: TAFFONI’S FRIENDS SAID WHILE THEY HAD THE RELATIONSHIP WITH MORRISON WHILE HE WAS COACH AT SOUTH CAROLINA, HE CERTAINLY THOUGHT THAT’S WHERE HE WOULD GO TO SCHOOL UNTIL JOE’S UNTIMELY DEATH. SOUTH CAROLINA HAD TALKED ABOUT HIM HAVING COME AS A STRONG SAFETY. THERE’S A PASS OVER THE MIDDLE, CAUGHT BY NICKLOW AND HE’S OUT WITH A FIRST DOWN TO THE 48-YARD LINE. 7:41 REMAINING IN THE FIRST HALF OF PLAY, THE TACKLE MADE BY AARON BEASLEY.>>Dan: AND THE MISSED TACKLE BY VANN WASHINGTON WHO HAD NICKLOW IN MAN-TO-MAN COVERAGE AND FLAT WHIFFED ON THE TACKLE AND THAT WOULD HAVE STOPPED THEM SHORT OF THE FIRST DOWN, BUT VANN CAME IN WITH HIS DARTH VADER SHADE AND MISSED THE TACKLE.>>Verne: SOUTH CAROLINA LOOKING FOR ITS FIRST BOWL VICTORY EVER. THAT TACKLE MADE BY BARRY HAWKINS WHO IS THE LEADER OF THE DEFENSIVE LINE FOR WEST VIRGINIA. NUMBER 99.>>Dan: SECOND SACK ON THE DAY, AND HE’S WORKING AGAINST VINCENT DINKINS AS THE NOSE TACKLE. RIGHT HERE, WATCH THIS BATTLE GO ON, A GOOD JOB IN THE SECONDARY BECAUSE TANEYHILL REALLY HAD A LOT OF TIME TO THROW BUT JUST OVERPOWERED DINKINS FOR THE SACK.>>Verne: SECOND AND 19 IN A 10-7 BALL GAME, TANEYHILL. AH, GOOD PASS, WOW! AND A TERRIFIC CATCH BY CALVIN OWENS, NUMBER 82. THAT GAIN OF 16. OWENS KNEW HE WAS GOING TO GET BELTED.>>Dan: AND HE DID BUT ELDRIDGE WILLIAMS, NUMBER 19. SEEN A COUPLE REAL STRONG-ARMED QUARTERBACKS, A BIG SHOT BY WILLIAMS. A GOOD HOLD AND CASH THERE.>>Verne: AT THE 45, THIRD AND THREE. TANEYHILL COMES RIGHT, HAD A MAN OPEN, COULDN’T SEE HIM SO HE’LL RUN FOR THE FIRST DOWN AND MORE!>>Dan: HE’S STARTING TO LIKE THAT RUNNING BUSINESS. HE HAD A LOT OF CHOICES ON THIS PLAY, TOO.>>Verne: 26 YARDS.>>Dan: ONCE HE BROKE THE POCKET HE COULD HAVE THROWN THE BALL TO A NUMBER OF GUYS, BUT HE SAW THE FIELD JUST OPENED UP IN FRONT OF HIM. AND HE SAYS “I’M GOING TO BE THE LEADING PASSER TODAY AND PERHAPS THE LEADING RUSHER,” 26 YARDS ON THAT ONE, HUH, VERNE?>>Verne: NIFTY.>>Dan: AND THEN AT THE END YOU’VE GOT TO HIGH STEP AND TELL THEM ABOUT IT.>>Verne: 26 YARDS FOR STEVE TANEYHILL. THIS TIME THE PLAY TO THE FULLBACK AND IT DOESN’T GET MUCH. THAT’S PRITCHETT ON FIRST DOWN. AND TANEYHILL IS HURT.>>Dan: AND HE TRIPPED ON THE HANDOFF AND FELL ON HIS RIGHT ARM. MIGHT HAVE TRIED TO BREAK THE FALL WITH HIS HAND AND HAVE A WRIST OR FINGER INJURY HERE.>>Verne: THE BACK-UP QUARTERBACK IS BLAKE WILLIAMS, A JUNIOR FROM AN DERSON, SOUTH CAROLINA, WHO HAS SEEM LIMITED ACTION HERE. HE’S THROWN FOR– THROWN IT 27 TIMES. TAKE A LOOK AT IT, DAN. MEANWHILE, BACK LIVE,–>>Bob: THEY DID NOT PUT WILLIAMSON IN THE GAME, VERNE. THEY HAD COREY BRIDGES IN A SEMI-WING FOION THAT TIME.>>Verne: WE’RE SITTING HERE WAITING FOR WILLIAMSONO COME ON. TAKE A LOOK AT THIS AGAIN.>>Dan: HE GETS UP OFF THE GROUND, HE’S IN REAL PAIN, DID NOT APPEAR TO BE A SERIOUS INJURY. HE’S BACK IN THE GAME NOW IN SHOTGUN FORMATION.>>Verne: ON T DOWN AND 12. GOES LEFT. YOU KNOW WHAT I THINK? HE WAS FAKING THE INJURY.>>Dan: I THINK YOU’RE ABSOLUTELY RIGHT. THE PLAY THEY RAN THE NEXT TIME, IF WE CAN TAKE A LOOK AT THAT FORMATION, AND EXPLAIN TO YOU WHAT THEY WERE TRYING TO DO, THEY HAD BRIDGES AS A QUARTERBACK IN THE GAME, AND THIS WAS A FAKE INJURY. HERE IS BRIDGES, NUMBER 4 RIGHT THERE. HERE’S ANOTHER GUY, CAN’T EVEN TELL WHO THAT IS, BUT THERE’S NO QUARTERBACK ON THE FIELD RIGHT NOW. TAKE THE SNAP FROM CENTER, AND THEY GET NOTHING OUT OF IT, BUT–>>Sean: IF THAT’S SOMETHING THAT BRAD SCOTT BROUGHT FROM FLORIDA STATE AND BOBBY BOWDEN, MAYBE HE WANTS TO SEND IT BACK. I REALLY DO THINK TANEYHILL WAS FAKING THE INJURY TO SET UP THE BRIDGES’ PLAY. IF MIAMI WHERE SOUTH CAROLINA HAS A THREE-POINT LEAD OVER WEST VIRGINIA AND HELLO, EVERYONE, I’M ANDREA JOYCE. COMING UP A HALF TIME, WE’LL UPDATE YOU ON THE LATEST SPORTS NEWS, INCLUDING ALL THE BOWL ACTION AND WE HAVE A SPECIAL TREAT. NOW WE KNOW YOU’VE BEEN TRAINING MENTALLY AND PHYSICALLY TO TAKE AIM AT THE CBS SPORTS ULTIMATE COLLEGE FOOTBALL QUIZ AND HERE’S A WARM-UP QUESTION. NOT FOR CREDIT THOUGH. WHAT LEGEND OF THE GRAND OLD GAME WAS IMMORTALIZED AS THE GALLOPING GHOST? IF YOU ANSWERED RED GRANGE YOU ARE READY TO TACKLE THE REST OF THE TEST. IT’S ALL COMING UP AT HALF TIME. NOW BACK UPSTAIRS TO VERNE AND DAN.>>Verne: ALL RIGHT, AN ANDREA. WALKER WANTS EQUAL TIME AND IT’S FOURTH DOWN AND SEVEN. TANEYHILL IN THE SHOTGUN. FOUR AND A HALF REMAINING BEFORE HALF TIME, 10-7 SCORE.>>Dan: AND WHY ANT THEY GOING FOR A FIELD GOAL HERE?>>Verne: MUST HAVE A RULE ABOUT NO FIELD GOALS EXCEPT FOR 47 YARDS. WELL, THAT’S WHY, I GUESS. FIRST AND TEN. TERELL, NUMBER 9, MADE THE CATCH.>>Dan: AND HE GOT BLASTED, TOO. GREAT PASS PROTECTION. BRAD SCOTT’S OFFENSIVE LINE KEPT TANEYHILL WITHOUT ANY PRESSURE THERE, ONLY A THREE-MAN RUSH. THIS IS EXCELLENT PASS PROTECTION. YOU LOOK OVER THE ENTIRE FIELD. THERE’S THE BIG HIT THERE BY CHARLES EMANUEL, AND HARRIS HOLDS ON.>>Verne: THAT’S HIS FIRST CATCH OF THE YEAR. THERE’S A SHOVEL PASS AGAIN. AND THE FIRST AND GOAL, IT WILL BE SECOND DOWN AND GOAL FROM THE 9. STANLEY PRITCHETT WITH THE CATCH. TANEYHILL HAS NOW THROWN IT 18 TIMES, 15-18, PRETTY DECENT AFTERNOON, 16-19 NOW. 114 YARDS AND A TOUCH DOWN. SECOND AND GOAL, 3:33 TO GO, FIRST HALF OF PLAY.>>Dan: WE HAVE TO DOCK HIM THOUGH FOR FAKING THE INJURY. THAT WAS TERRIBLE, BOY.>>Verne: NICKLOW, TO THE 3. YEAH, I’M TRYING TO THINK OF A LIST OF BAD ACTORS. WE CAN PUT STEVE ON THE LIST.>>Dan: WELL, I CAN SEE IT IF– IF THE NEXT PLAY WAS GOING TO BE WILDLY SUCCESSFUL, BUT THEY JUST HAD A BUNCH OF GUYS CROWDED IN THERE LIKE A BUNCH OF GRAPES.>>Verne: WELL, DO YOU THINK THEY WERE TRYING TO FUMBLE?>>Dan: THEY SNAPPED THE BALL AND RAN A QUARTERBACK SNEAK SO WE’LL HAVE TO TALK WITH BRAD ABOUT THAT ONE AFTER THE BALL GAME.>>Verne: THIRD AND GOAL FROM THE 4.>>Verne: HERE COMES THE BLITZ, TANEYHILL, HE’LL RUN, TOUCHDOWN! OH, WATCH HIM CELEBRATE NOW.>>Verne: STEVE TANEYHILL.>>Dan: IF YOU LOOK CLOSELY ENOUGH, CAN YOU ALMOST SEE HIS HAIR GROW BACK. GREAT EFFORT.>>Verne: THE EXTRA POINT FROM MORTON. 2:36 TO GO, THE KICK IS UP AND GOOD. AND TANEYHILL SET IT UP WITH A 26-YARD RUN AND THEN HE RUMBLED INTO THE END ZONE. LOOKS A LITTLE LIKE JIM EVERETT.>>Dan: IT’S UNFORTUNATE SOME HIS YARDAGE RUSHING IS ATTRIBUTED TO HIM GETTING SACKED, BECAUSE WHEN HE HAS RUN THE BALL DOWN THE FIELD, HE’S DONE QUITE WELL. ONLY HAS 17 YARDS OFFICIALLY RUSHING. BUT THIS WAS JUST A HECK OF AN ALL-OUT EFFORT. AGAIN, VERNE, IT’S GREAT TO SEE THESE GUYS GOING ALL OUT AS QUARTERBACKS AND NOT GOING FOR THE SLIDE. HE CAN SMELL THE PAY DIRT, REACHES OUT AND GETS IN EASILY.>>Verne: HE WAS IN A LITTLE BIT OF A HURRY TO GET THE HELMET OFF. AND THERE’S THE TOUCHDOWN AGAIN.>>Dan: YOU’VE REALLY GOT TO KNEEL FOR HIM BECAUSE HE– HE REALLY HAS DONE A GREAT JOB OF BECOMING AN ALL-AROUND QUARTERBACK, BUT YOU TALKED ABOUT HIM BEING A FREE SPIRIT, VERNE. WELL, THIS IS THE TIME TO BE THE FREE SPIRIT, AFTER YOU MAKE A GREAT PLAY, GO AHEAD, ENJOY YOURSELF.>>Verne: STEVE TANEYHILL.>>Dan: JUST A LITTLE BIT LIKE ARCHIE MANNING GOING FOR THAT ONE, OLD NUMBER 18, HUH, WHEN HE PLAYED COLLEGE BALL AT MISSISSIPPI.>>Verne: YES, INDEED. STEVE TANEYHILL WITH A FOUR-YARD RUN, 66-YARD PLAY AND HE ALSO HAD THAT 26-YARDER.>>Dan: HE’S DONE IT WITH HIS ARM AND HIS LEGS.>>Verne: MARTY SIMPSON WILL KICK OFF NOW FOR SOUTH CAROLINA.>>Verne: VANTERPOOL AND RAHSAAN VANTERPOOL GETS IT OUT NEAR THE 19. THEY WILL GIVE HIM CREDIT FOR THE 21. N.C.A.A. BASKETBALL COVERAGE CONTINUES ON CBS NEXT SUNDAY WITH FRESHMAN SENSATION LOPEZ LEADING THE RESURGENT RED STORM OF ST. JOHN’S. THEY GO INTO HARTFORD SUNDAY AT 2:00 ON CBS. NOW CHAD JOHNSTON AND THE WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS COME OUT TRAILING AGAIN BY TEN.>>Dan: YOU ALMOST FEEL THE– OBVIOUSLY THE SCORE IS IN FAVOR OF CAROLINE, A BUT ALSO THE FACT THAT THEY ARE LOOKING FOR THEIR FIRST-EVER BOWL WIN AND THESE SENIORS, AND IT’S GONE ALL THE WAY THROUGH THE ENTIRE TEAM, HAD HALFWAY TOWARDS IT.>>Verne: ZACH ABRAHAM MAKES THE CATCH AT THE 28-YARD LINE. THREE TIMES WE HAVE SEEN WEST VIRGINIA INSIDE THE SOUTH CAROLINA 30, AND ON TWO OF THE OCCASIONS ON FOURTH AND LONG THEY PASSED ON THE FIELD GOAL ATTEMPT AND WENT FOR THE FIRST DOWN SO THEY REALLY NEED TO MOVE IT QUITE SOME DISTANCE BEFORE THEY GIVE BAUMANN THE CHANCE APPARENTLY.>>Dan: APPARENTLY. AND THE OTHER THING THEY HAVE GOING AGAINST THEM IS THEY ONLY HAVE ONE TIME OUT REMAINING.>>Verne: SECOND DOWN AND FIVE. JOHNSTON IN TROUBLE. DROPPED AT THE 20. STACY EVANS, NUMBER 93, AND ERIC SULLIVAN, 62.>>Dan: LEFT SIDE OF THE SCREEN IS 62, SULLIVAN, AND EVANS GOES TO THE SPEED OUTSIDE RUSH, BEATS KLICK AND THERE THEY ARE BOTH LAYING WITH THE QUARTERBACK ALONG WITH TURNIPSEED. TOO MUCH QUICKNESS FOR THE MOUNTAINEERS TO HANDLE WITH THE PASS BLOCKING.>>Verne: SEEING SOUTH CAROLINA MAKING DEFENSIVE ADJUSTMENTS AND THE EMPTY FORMATION, FIVE RECEIVERS NOW, ON FOURTH AND 11. RUSH COMING FROM THE OUTSIDE. JOHNSTON CAUGHT AND DROPPED. STACY EVANS AGAIN, NUMBER 93. HE HAS AS OPERATIONS OF BECOMING AN F.B.I. AGENT SOME DAY.>>Dan: AND HE’S BATTLING AGAINST BIG CHRIS KLICK AT 6’8″, 300 POUNDS. HERE’S KLICK AND EVANS, TOO MUCH SPEED. HE TALKED ABOUT CLIQUE BEING A BIG OLD STRONG GUY WITH BIG FEET. THAT’S A GREAT ATHLETIC MOVE THERE. THAT’S A GREAT MOVE, DOVE BACK IN AND GOT THE QUARTERBACK.>>Verne: SOUTH CAROLINA CALLED TIME OUT TO CONSERVE THE 64 SECONDS THAT REMAIN IN THE FIRST HALF OF PLAY, AND WE’RE GOING TO GET A CHANCE NOW TO SEE THE NUMBER ONE PUNTER IN THE COUNTRY, TODD SAUERBRUN OF WEST VIRGINIA WITH AN AVERAGE OF 48.4 YARDS PER PUNT AND A LOFNG 90 THIS YEAR.>>Dan: AND WITH THE WAY THE MOMENTUM IS TOTALLY ON THE SIDE OF THE GAMECOCKS RIGHT NOW, SAUERBRUN REALLY NEEDS TO GET OFF ONE OF HIS HUGE KICKS. HAD A 90-YARDER THE FIRST GAME OF THE YEAR AGAINST NEBRASKA. THIS IS HOW HE RANKS WITH SOME OF THE GREAT PUNTERS OF ALL TIME IN THE N.C.A.A.>>Verne: INTERESTING THAT THE ONE NAME THAT’S NUMBER SIX ON THAT LIST IS MAYBE THE BEST OF THE LOT, RAY GUY.>>Dan: WELL, THE THINK I LIKED ABOUT RAY GUY WAS THE WORD “NET.” HIS NET AVERAGE WAS WHAT MADE HIM IN, MY MIND, THE GREATEST PUNTER RIGHT UP THERE WITH YALE LAHERING.>>Verne: CAME INTO THE LINEUP AT THE END OF HIS FRESHMAN YEAR AND PUNTED 43 TIMES FOR A 47-YARD AVERAGE AND THE REST, AS THEY SAY, IS IN THE BOOKS. THIS IS A GOOD ONE TAKEN BY TOBYCATES, NUMBER 12 FOR SOUTH CAROLINA. AND HE’S BUMPED DOWN. A FLAG IS THROWN AT THE 38-YARD LINE. SAUERBRUN WHO HAS BECOME A FRIEND OF SHAUN LANDETTA, A 48-YARDER AND A RETURN OF THREE. AS A MATTER OF FACT, HE SAID LANDETTA WAS GOING TO BE HERE TODAY, HE LEFT A TICKET FOR HIM.>>Dan: HIS 48-YARD SER RIGHT ON HIS AVERAGE, AND WITH THE PENALTY THIS WILL PUSH CAROLINA EVEN BACK FURTHER. BUT WITH THE STRENGTH OF SAUERBRUN’S LEG YOU WOULD THINK AT SOME POINT NEHLEN WOULD LET HIM TRY A LONG FIELD GOAL.>>Verne: SINCE HE WAS RECUTED– RECRUITED AS A FIELD GOAL KICKER.>>A CLIP ON THE RECEIVING TEAM, 15 YARDS FROM THE END OF THE RUN, FIRST DOWN.>>Verne: PENALTY CALLED ON NUMBER 47 DEANDRE JAMES AT THE END OF THE RUN.>>Dan: THAT’S DEANDRE JAMES HITTING SAUERBRUN AND SAUERBRUN SHOWING PRETTY GOOD STRENGTH THERE. KIND OF A FIREPLUG AT 6’2″, 2 HUNDRED DOLLAR POUNDS.>>Verne: 51 SECONDS TO GO IN THE HALF. RUN IT UP THE MIDDLE. CANUTE CURTIS WITH THE TACKLE. MIKE REDDICK WITH THE CARRY. WE’LL SEE NOW IF THEY WILL BE CONTENT TO JUST LET TIME EXPIRE AND TAKE THIS TEN-POINT LEAD INTO THE DRESSING ROOM AT HALF TIME.>>Dan: I THINK THAT WOULD BE A GOOD IDEA. NO TIME OUTS, NO WAY TO STOP THE CLOCK, AND THEY ARE CERTAINLY TAKING THEIR TIME.>>Verne: SOUTH CAROLINA SCORED ON THEIR FIRST DRIVE. THEY RECOVERED A WEST VIRGINIA FUMBLE ON THE OPENING OFFENSIVE PLAY OF THE GAME. OH, BROTHER! NEAR FUMBLE. STANLEY BRICH ET BOBBLED THE HANDOFF. THEN THEY GOT THE STOUCHDOWN SANDWICHED AROUND A REED MORTON FIELD GOAL FROM TANEYHILL. AND AS A RESULT BRAD SCOTT AND THE SOUTH CAROLINA WITH GAMECOCKS LEAD WEST VIRGINIA 17-7. THAT’S THE END OF THE FIRST HALF. ANDREA JOYCE ALONG WITH HALF TIME AFTER THIS MESSAGE. TRTHAT HE ENDLESS HOURS OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL THIS WEEKEND AND YOU THINK YOU’RE PRETTY WEL BEACH, AND SOUTH CAROLINA LEADS IT 17-7, JUST A FEW MILES FROM THAT SPOT, AS WE GET SET FOR THE SECOND HALF. JUST A FEW MOMENTS AGO MICHELE TAFOYA HAD A CHANCE TO CHAT WITH SOUTH CAROLINA COACH BRAD SCOTT.>>Michele: VERNE AND DAN WERE TALKING ABOUT THE FAME INJURY FROM STEVE TANEYHILL WHAT, WAS THE PLAY YOU WERE TRYING TO RUN?>>WE WORKED ON A SPECIAL PLAY OF THAT SITUATION AND WE HAD SOME OF THE WRONG PERSONNEL IN THE GAME. STRANGE THING HAPPENS IN BOWL GAMES.>>Michele: YOU’RE 10-0-1 AS AN AS TABT AT FLORIDA STATE. WHAT DOES YOUR TEAM HAVE TO DO IN THE SECOND HALF?>>PLAY BETTER THAN WE DID IN THE FIRST HALF, TOO MANY MISTAKES OUT IT. WE HAVE TO SCORE MORE POINTS. 17 WON’T WIN IT.>>Michele: THANKS, COACH. BEST OF LUCK IN THE SECOND HALF.>>Verne: CHAD JOHNSTON WARMING UP ON THE SIDELINE. HE’LL HAVE TO WAIT A LITTLE BIT BEFORE HE GETS BACK ON THE FIELD, AS TODD SAUERBRUN KICKS OFF FOR WEST VIRGINIA AND IT’S TAKEN BY BRANDON BENNETT. HE’S GOT SOME ROOM. GOOD RETURN OUT TO THE 36-YARD LINE. STEVE TANEYHILL AND CHAD JOHNSTON, THE TWO QUARTERBACKS LEADING THEIR RESPECTIVE CLUBS TODAY.>>Dan: WE TALKED ABOUT THIS 17 OUT OF 20 WHICH IS AWFULLYDOOD FOR TANEYHILL, BUT HE’S ALSO– YOU LOOK AT HIS RUSH YARD AVERAGE, ONLY HAS 17 YARDS NET YARDS BUT LOT A LOT ON SACKS SO ‘S HAVING A GOOD DAY. JOHNSTON NOT DOING TOO POORLY BUT AS YET YET TO GET HIS TEAM ROLLING WITH ANY KIND OF CONSISTENT GROUND ATTACK.>>Verne: TANEYHILL AND HIS TEAM GO ON THE OFFENSE FROM THE 36 AND WILL OPEN WITH TWO WIDE RECEIVERS NEAR SIDE OF THE FIELD. THAT’S BRAN DAN BENNETT, NUMBER 33. TACKLE MADE BY MIKE TAFFONI, NUMBER 3. TAFFONI WANTS TO GO TO MED SCHOOL, WANTS TO BE AN ORTHOPEDIC SURGEON.>>Dan: TOLD US HE LIKES THE CHALLENGE OF MEDICINE. I’M NOT SO SURE I’D WANT A DOCTOR WHO IS TELLING ME THAT AS A PATIENT I’M A CHALLENGE TO HIM THOUGH.>>Verne: SECOND DOWN AND NINE. TANEYHILL LOOKS DEEP, LOBS IT UP, RIGHT SIDE, SOUGHT OUT OF BOUNDS. THAT’S STANLEY PRITCHETT.>>Dan: PRITCHETT HAD A DEEP ROUTH CALLED THAT TIME AGAINST TAFFONI. THE BA BALANCE WAS CLEARLY OUT OF BOUNDS AND THE REASON WHY, TANEYHILL WILL TAKE A BIG SHOT FROM PUPPY RIGHT TO THE FACE AND ALSO J.T. THOMAS IN THERE, SO IT LOOKS LIKE THE MOUNTAINEERS ARE GOING TO BLITZ TANEYHILL THE SECOND HALF.>>Verne: THIRD AND NINE SOUTH CAROLINA. RUSH FOUR THIS TIME IN THE FLAP. BENNETT HAS IT. TAFFONI HAS HIM. HE’S DOWN AT THE 40. IT WILL BE FOURTH DOWN.>>Dan: THAT’S A REAL GOOD DEFENSIVE START FOR THE MOUNTAINEERS. THEY WILL GET BACK INTO THIS GAME. THIS IS EXACTLY WHAT THEY NEEDED. LIMIT THE GAMECOCKS TO JUST THREE PLAYS AND MAKE THEM PUNT.>>Verne: MIKE LOGAN GOES BACK TO RETURN THE PUNT OF MARTY SIMPSON. AND HERE’S LOGAN. SIMPSON’S SECOND EFFORT OF THE AFTERNOON. WEST VIRGINIA HOLDS. THEY GET THE BALL BACK IN A HURRY. LINE DRIVE PUNT, RETURNABLE, FROM THE 20. ALL E WAY BACK TO THE SOUTH CAROLINA 45-YARD LINE. A 40-YARD PUNT, FIVE ON THE RETURN– 35 ON THE RETURN.>>Dan: YOU TALK ABOUT DODGING A BULLET THOUGH, VERNE. AT THE END OF THIS RUN, NUMBER 89 MAYNARD CALDWELL WILL COME FROM THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE SCREEN, PUNCH THE BALL LOOSE AND LOGAN FOLLOWS UP, HEADS DOWN THE FIELD AND MAKES THE RECOVERY. GREAT FIELD POSITION, EXCUSE ME, VERNE, FOR CHAD JOHNSTON AND THE MOUNTAINEERS.>>Verne: SEE IF THEY CAN CAPITALIZE. NOT HAD THAT MUCH DIFFICULTY MOVING THE BALL TODAY. VANTERPOOL GOES WIDE TO THE LEFT. ZACH ABRAHAM IS WIDE RIGHT. FIRST AND TEN. PLAY ACTION. JOHNSTON LOOKS FOR ABRAHAM, HE’S GOT A STEP, DIVING CATCH AT THE TWO!>>Dan: ZACH ABRAHAM IS NOT REAL FAST OR SHIFTY BUT HE HAS THE ABILITY TO GET BEHIND THE SECONDARY. NUMBER THREE IS RON NEALY, JUST A FLORIDA GO ROUTH AND THEN THE EFFORT AT THE END OF IT WHERE HE CONCENTRATES, WATCHES THE BALL ALL THE WAY TO THE END OF HIS HANDS. WATCHES THE BALL RIGHT INTO HIS HANDS, GIVES UP HIS LEGS, DOES NOT GO INTO THE END ZONE, SETS UP HIS TEAM AT THE THREE-YARD LINE.>>Verne: FIRST AND GOAL FROM THE THREE, BACKS AND THE EYE– THE FAKE TO BARBER. BRING THE PLAY BACK AND START IT OVER. DEAD-BALL FOUL.>>Dan: TWO BIGGEST PLAYS FOR THE MOUNTAINEER OFFENSE HAVE COME OFF OF BLITZES BY THE GAMECOCKS. THE TOUCHDOWN RUN BY WALKER AND THE LONG PASS TO ABRAHAM.>>DEAD-BALL FOUL, FALSE START ON THE OFFENSE, FIVE YARDS. REPEAT FIRST DOWN.>>Verne: ABRAHAM AND VANTERPOOL COME BACK IN THE LINEUP NOW.>>Dan: THEY MARKED THAT BALL AT THE 3-YARD LINE. IT LOOKED LIKE WHEN ABRAHAM HIT THE GROUND HE WAS ALL THE WAY DOWN INSIDE THE 2, CLOSER TO THE 1 BUT NOW THE PENALTY MOVES IT BACK TO THE 8-YARD LINE.>>Verne: AGAIN, AN EYE FORMATION WITH TWO WIDE RECEIVERS TO THE LEFT. THEY HAND IT OFF UP THE MIDDLE AND THE GAIN IS NEGLIGIBALE, ALMOST NOTHING.>>Dan: ONE OF THE REASONS, VERNE, THEY ARE PUTTING THE TWO WIDE RECEIVERS INTO THE SAME SIDE OF THE NEED IS THE MOUNTAINEERS WANT TO CONTROL THE NUMBER-ONE TACKLER FOR CAROLINA, THAT’S TONY WATKINS. WATKINS HAS TO GO OVER AND GUARD THE INSIDE RECEIVER WHICH HAPPENS TO BE VANTERPOOL, SO A LOT OF MISMATCHES AND MATCHUPS GOING ON HERE BY BOTH TEAMS.>>Verne: DOUBLE TIGHTEND SET, WABLE WINDS UP TIGHT TO THE LEFT. ABRAHAM THE LONE WIDE RECEIVER. WALKER SPLITS OUT WIDE RIGHT AND THEN THE FLIP TO BARBER, AND HE IS POPPED AT THE 7-YARD LINE. ROB NEELY, NUMBER 3, PERHAPS TAKING OUT A LITTLE OF THE FRUSTRATION FOR HAVING BEEN BEATEN ON THAT LONG PASS, HITS BARBER AND DRIVES HIM BACKWARDS.>>Dan: AND HE ONLY GIVES UP ABOUT 70 POUNDS TO BARBER. ABOUT 175 TACKLING 245. THAT’S A BIG HIT, FULL SPEED. GOOD JOB RON NEALY.>>Verne: THIRD AND GOAL WEST VIRGINIA AT THE 6-YARD LINE OF SOUTH CAROLINA. VANTERPOOL AND ABRAHAM WIDE LEFT. WALKER SPLIT WIDE RIGHT. THAT’S PURNELL MOTION, FLAGS ARE THERE AND THE CATCH IS MADE IN THE END ZONE! AND I BELIEVE THIS WILL BE AGAINST SOUTH CAROLINA. PURELL WITH THE CATCH, T.D. IF IT STANDS. IT LOOKED LIKE SOUTH CAROLINA HAD CRASSED THE NEUTRAL ZONE, BUT WERE THEY DRAWN THAT WAY? NOPE.>>Dan: YOU’RE ALL OVER IT, VERNE.>>TOUCHDOWN.>>Dan: THE MOTION SEEMED TO CONFUSE CAROLINA WHEN PURNELL RESET, RIGHT SIDE OF THE SCREEN. THIS GUY IS IN THE NEUTRAL ZONE, THAT’S ABRAMS, BUT THIS CATCH IS RIGHT OUT OF THE HIGHLIGHT FILM, LOOKING A LOT LIKE AN OLD TIGHTEND OF MINE, WINSLOW, LAYING OUT IN THE END ZONE, CRATE CATCH, LOVETT PURNELL.>>Verne: AND BY NO SMALL COINCIDENCE, IF I CAN SAY IT, WINSLOW IS ON THE SIDELINE THIS AFTERNOON.>>Dan: PURNELL THE KEY BLOCK AND WATCH THE EFFORT AS HE LAYS OUT, GREAT CATCH.>>Verne: LOVETT PURNELL’S TERRIFIC CATCH, HIM ON THE LEFT, HAS PULLED WEST VIRGINIA BACK TO WITHIN THREE AND SOUTH CAROLINA GETTING READY TO RETURN THE CATCH. MIKE LOGAN’S 35-YARD PUNT RETURN SET UP THAT SHORT DRIVE, AND IT WAS JOHNSTON TO PURNELL FOR THE TOUCHDOWN. HERE’S SAUERBRUN WITH THE KICK. WOW! TAKE THAT BRAD DELUISA. RIGHT NOW LET’S GO TO MICHELE TAFOYA WHO IS SOMEWHERE HERE IN THE PRESS BOX.>>Verne: THAT’S RIGHT, I’M JUST A FEW BOOTHS AWAY FROM YOU AND THE SOUTH CAROLINA RADIO BROADCASTER WHERE BOB FULLTON HAS BEEN THE PLAY-BY-PLAY VOICE FOR THE GAMECOCKS FOR 43 YEARS, TODAY HE’S BROADCASTING HIS LAST FOOTBALL GAME, LET’S LISTEN IN FOR A COUPLE PLAYS.>>COMING IN AT CENTER WILL BE VINCENT DINKINS WHO HAS SHARED CENTER ACTIVITY TODAY WITH PAUL BECKWITH. THE GAMECOCKS WILL LINE IT UP IN THE SHOTGUN. FIRST AND TEN AT THE 20 WITH NICKLOW, OWENS, PASS OVER THE MIDDLE AND IT’S CAUGHT BY NICK LOW. HE’S UP TO THE 35-YARD LINE. DARRELL NICKLOW ON A LITTLE DELAY PATTERN OVER THE MIDDLE, AND HE’S STOPPED IN THERE BY CHARLES EMANUEL WHO IS THE STRONG SAFETY FOR THE MOUNTAINEERS, ALMOST A FIRST DOWN.>>BOB, THAT’S A SIXTH PASS NICKLOW HAS CALL TODAY.>>SECOND AND ONE FROM THE 29. SHOTGUN AGAIN, A PASS OFF THE CORNER, COMPLETE TO BENNETT. HE’S UP TO THE 32. HIT DOWN AS HE GETS TO THE 33-YARD LINE. THAT WILL BE ENOUGH FOR A FIRST AND TEN, MATE TAFFONI, THE WEAK LINEBACKER. J.T. THOMAS MADE THE HIT ON THE PLAY. SO THE GAMECOCKS GET A LITTLE BREATHING ROOM OUT TO THE 34-YARD LINE, AND THEY WILL GO TO THE SHOTGUN AGAIN WITH CATES, NICKLOW AND OWENS, TANEYHILL DROPS BACK ALL THE WAY TO THE 25. HE’S GOING TO BE HIT. GETS ONE AWAY. FIRES ONE UP THE MIDDLE. INTENDED FOR TOBY CATES AND HE’S COVERED UP THERE AND COVERED WELL BY CHARLES EMANUEL.>>Michele: AND THAT IS AGAIN BOB FULLTON, 43 YEARS. TODAY IS HIS LAST FOOTBALL GAME. VERNE?>>Verne: OKAY, MICHELE. BOB, YOU PASSED THE AUDITION. I THINK THAT’S TERRIFIC, FIRST YEAR, 1952, EISENHOWER WAS IN OFFICE.>>Dan: AND I WAS ONE-YEAR-OLD.>>Verne: TACKLE MADE AT THE 36, AND JUST AS A FOOTNOTE AND NOT TO IGNORE THIS, ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE PRESS BOX IS JACK FLEMING WHO IS THE VOICE OF THE WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS, AND JACK FLEMING ISN’T RETIRING, THAT’S WHY WE’RE NOT GIVING HIM EQUAL TIME. HE’S IN HIS 42nd YEAR.>>Dan: HE’S JUST A PUPPY.>>Verne: IN A PROFESSION WHERE LONGEVITY IS NOT THE NORM, THAT’S TERRIFIC. SOUTH CAROLINA THIRD DOWN AND LONG. THEY NEED TO SUSTAIN A DRIVE TO KEEP EQUILIBRIUM HERE. LOBS IT DOWN THE NEAR SIDE. THAT WILL BE OUT OF BOUNDS AND WEST VIRGINIA IS GOING TO GET IT BACK. MONTY MEANS THE INTENDED RECEIVER.>>Dan: CERTAINLY APPEARS THAT DON NEHLEN’S PEP TALK AT HALF TIME, HE HIT ALL THE RIGHT CHORDS. THIS IS A TOTALLY DIFFERENT BALL GAME THAN WE HAD JUST A HALF HOUR OR SO AGO. CAROLINA JUST CAN’T– CANNOT MOVE THE BALL AT ALL, AND, AGAIN, IT APPRS THAT BEST VIRGINIA IS GOING TO GET EXCELLENT FIELD POSITION.>>Verne: MARTY SIMPSON IS ON TO PUNT. LAST ONE WAS RETURNED 35 YARDS. IT WAS A LINE DRIVE. THIS ONE IS MUCH HIGHER, BUT RETURNABLE. LOGAN AT THE 22. GOOD DOWNFIELD COVERAGE. BUT THE MOUNTAINEERS SCORED THE LAST TIME THEY HAD THE BALL, AND THEY HAVE GOT IT BACK TRAILING BY THREE.>>Verne: 9:42 REMAINING THIRD QUARTER, WEST VIRGINIA WITH A CHANCE TO GO ON TOP IF THEY CAN GET THIS DRIVE INTO THE END ZONE. THIS GAME IS BEING DEDICATED TO THEIR LATE BASEBALL COACH DALE RAMSBURG WHO DIED IN NOVEMBER AFTER A SHORT BOUT WITH CANCER. HE WAS 57 YEARS OLD. HE HAD BEEN THE BASEBALL COACH FOR BETTER THAN 25 YEARS AT WEST VIRGINIA. AND IT’S TO HIS MEMORY THAT THE FOOTBALL TEAM HAS CHOSEN TO DEDICATE THIS BOWL APPEARANCE.>>Dan: THE D.R. STANCE FOR DOUG RAMSBURG, THE RAMER AS HE WAS FONDLY CALLED.>>Verne: FIRST AND TEN. JOHNSTON PLAY FAKE. BEING CHASED BY TURNIPSEED. AND THE CATCH IS MADE TO LOVETT PURNELL WHO IS FIRED UP AND TRYING TO GET THE CROWD TO TAKE A RIDE ALONG WITH HIM.>>Dan: AT LEAST HALF THE CROWD. THAT’S ANOTHER GREAT CATCH. AND ANOTHER GOOD JOB BY JOHNSTON AVOIDING THE SACK AND GETTING THE BALL TO HIS TIGHTEND.>>Verne: WEST VIRGINIA, SECOND DOWN AND FOUR. 17-14 SOUTH CAROLINA LEADS. WALKER, OUT TO THE 37, CLOSE TO THE FIRST DOWN. THE TACKLE IS MADE BY BEN WASHINGTON, NUMBER 6. SHOTS FROM OVERHEAD PROVIDED BY THEOODYEAR BLIMP BASED IN NEARBY POMPANO BEACH, “STARS AND STRIPES.” AND AT THE CONTROLS CAPTAIN RICHARD DANIELS FROM BURBANK, CALIFORNIA.>>Dan: THIS BALL GAME, VERNE, IS A LOT LIKE THE MOUNTAINEERS’ SEASON. THEY GOT OFF TO THE ROUGH START, BUT NEHLEN SAID IT WAS HIS SENIOR LEADERSHIP THAT REALLY WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR THEM WINNING SIX OF THEIR LAST SEVEN GAMES. THOSE SENIORS WANT TO WIN THEIR VERY LAST GAME.>>Verne: FIRST DOWN AND TEN ON THE LAST PLAY, PURNELL HEADS TO THE LEFT, FAKE, JOHNSTON LOOKS TO PURNELL, WIDE OPEN. HERE IS LOVETT PURNELL, DOWNFIELD BLOCK FROM GERALD WALL AND THE BIG TIGHTEND RUMBLES DOWN TO THE 43-YARD LINE.>>Dan: HE WAS THE MOUNTAINEERS’S SECOND YEAR RECEIVER. WE’VE SEEN HIM BLOCK AND LAY OUT FOR CATCHES. NOW HIS RUNNING ABILITY AFTER THE CATCH, GOOD JOB BY LONG THIS TIME CUTTING BACK ACROSS THE MIDDLE AND TN FINDING WHERE THE END ZONE IS, GETTING IN THAT DIRECTION ACROSS MID-FIELD.>>Verne: THAT’S A GAIN OF 20 AND A FIRST DOWN AT THE 43-YARD LINE. JOHNSTON, DRAW PLAY, WALKER, SKIPS OVER A TACKLE. A FLAG IS DOWN. THIS ONE MAY COME BACK.>>Dan: WE EXPECTED TO SEE A LOT MORE OF JIMMY GARY TODAY BUT WALKER WAS THE STARTER EARLIER IN THE YEAR AND HE’S CERTAINLY MAKING A STRONG BID TO BE THE STARTER NEXT YEAR.>>Verne: IT WAS GARY’S FUMBLE ON THE OPENING OFFENSIVE PLAY OF THE GAME THAT SET UP THE SOUTH CAROLINA TOUCHDOWN. HE ALSO BOBBLED ANOTHER THAT WAS NEGATED.>>HOLDING OFFENSE, TEN YARDS FROM THE SPOT OF THE FOUL. REPEAT FIRST DOWN.>>Dan: TAEZ AMAZING HOW A COACH WILL CHANGE THEIR MIND ABOUT A PLAYER WHEN THEY SEE THE BALL LAYING ON THE GROUND. NEHLEN IS OBVIOUSLY GOING WITH WALKER BECAUSE OF GARY’S INABILITY TO HOLD ON.>>Verne: DON NEHLEN IN HIS 15th YEAR. OF COURSE, HIS SOCIAL IS JEFF HOSTETLER OF THE RAIDERS, MARRIED TO DON’S DAUGHTER VIKKI. SECOND DOWN AND 17. JOHNSTON WITH A PLAY FAKE AGAIN. DRILLS THAT . CAUGHT BY ABRAHAM AT THE 37.>>Dan: NEHLEN TALKED ABOUT JOHNSTON BEING A DANDY. HE LIKES HIS DANDY STRONG ARM AND HIS MIND, 3.5 G.P.A., BUT THIS IS A 4.0 ARM. JUST A HIGH, HARD FASTBALL RIGHT INTO THE CHEST OF ABRAM AND THAT PICKS UP A LOT OF YARDS, GETS THEM IN A VERY FAVORABLE SECOND AND SHORT SITUATION.>>Verne: AND 6-6 IN THE SECOND HALF FOR THE JUNIOR FROM TINY PETERSTOWN, WEST VIRGINIA, A SMALL TOWN OF 800 LOCATED ON THE VIRGINIA BORDER. HERE IS THE HANDOFF LEFT TO WALKER WITH A STIFF ARM BUT MISSES, BUT HE SHAKES THE TACKLE AND HAS ANOTHER FIRST DOWN AT THE 25.>>Dan: EARLIER IN THE GAME IT WAS A MATTER OF CAROLINA BEING QUICKER AND BEATING THE MOUNEERS TO THE PUNCH. RIGHT NOW IT’S JUST STRAIGHT POWER. THIS IS A LOT LIKE LAST NIGHT’S ORANGE BOWL GAME WHERE IN THE SECOND HALF NEBRASKA JUST OVERPOWERED MIAMI WHERE IN THE FIRST HALF IT WAS MIAMI’S SPEED, SEEING THE EXACT SAME TYPE OF SITUATION THERE.>>Verne: CAUGHT A QUICK GLIMPSE OF THE DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR FOR SOUTH CAROLINA. LEROY WRIGHT IS NOW IN THE BACKFIELD FOR WEST VIRGINIA. 17-14 CAROLINA’S LEAD LOOKS SHAKEY RIGHT NOW. JOHNSTON TO THE END ZONE FOR VANTERPOOL, CAUGHT BEYOND THE ENDLINE. INCOMPLETE PASS.>>Dan: INCOMPLETE PASS, BUT A COMPLETE 100% SELLOUT EFFORT. WATCH AT THE END OF THIS AS HE GETS BEHIND THE SECONDARY. THERE’S WASHINGTON, AND HE JUST BARELY DRAGS THAT LEFT FOOT ACROSS THE BACK LINE. THAT WAS CLOSER THAN IT APPEARED AT FIRST GLANCE. GOT TO LOVE THE EFFORT THOUGH THESE RECEIVERS ARE PUTTING OUT FOR CHAD JOHNSTON.>>Verne: SECOND AND TEN, GERALD LONG GOES LEFT. MINNEYFIELD IS WIDE TO THE RIGHT SIDE. THE TOSS TO WALKER. AND A FLAG COMES. AT THE 17-YARD LINE IS WHERE THE FLAG WAS DROPPED. THEY CAN BRING THIS ONE BACK.>>Dan: I’M WONDERING IF THEY ARE GOING TO CALL OUR FRIEND GERALD LONG FOR HOLDING AGAIN ON THE PERIMETER. HE’S OUT THERE BATTLING AS THIS PLAY IS SLOW TO DEVELOP. IT’S THE OPTION TO THE SHORT SIDE, BUT LONG IS OUT THERE FIGHTING AGAINST THE CORNERBACK AND HE MAY GET CALLED FOR HOLDING AGAINST TERRY COUSIN AGAIN.>>HOLDING, ON THE OFFENSE. TEN YARDS FROM THE SPOT OF THE FOUL AND REPEAT SECOND DOWN.>>Dan: HERE’S LONG AND COUSIN ON THE OUTSIDE, FIVE-ON-FIVE. HE’S BLOCKING, BLOCKING, THERE HE GOES, YEAH, HE REACHED FOR THAT JERSEY AND PULLED IT OUT JUST A LITTLE BIT.>>Verne: AND THAT GIVES WEST VIRGINIA A SECOND DOWN AND 14. GERALD LONG COMES TO THE NEAR SIDE, ZACH ABRAHAM HURIES ON.>>Dan: THAT WAS THE ONE THING NEHLEN SAID ABOUT HOW THEY STRUGGLELEEARLIER IN THE YEAR IN MAKING ANY TYPE OF LONG RUNS BECAUSE LAST YEAR AND THE YEAR BEFORE THEIR WIDE RECEIVERS DID A GREAT JOB OF BLOCKING. YOU CAN’T FAULT LONG’S EFFORT, JUST HAS TO USE BETTER JUDGMENT ACTION TO– AS TO WHEN THAT DEFENSIVE PLAY PULLS AWAY FROM HIM.>>Verne: PLAY CLOCK WINDS DOWN SO SOUTH CAROLINA WILL REST AS ‘ , LOVE–I MEAN, YOUR GRANDMOTH p’@’>>Verne: 6:15 REMAINING IN THE THIRD. THE EDGE IN THE THIRD QUARTER HAS BEEN TO WEST VIRGINIA AND RIGHT NOW THEY LOOK AT A SECOND DOWN AND 14. THEY HAVE DRIVEN 45 YARDS ALREADY IN 3:27. THEY TRAIL THOUGH BY THREE. CHAD JOHNSTON WITH TWO WIDE RECEIVERS TO THE RIGHT SIDE. PLAY ACTION. RUSH COMING, GOES LEFT, INCOMPLETE. VANTERPOOL, THE INTENDED RECEIVER.>>Dan: THAT RUSH WAS COMING BY THE GAMECOCKS’ NUMBER ONE SACKER ON THE YEAR, STACY EVANS. HE’S BEEN KNOCKING JOHNSTON AROUND ALL DAY. A LITTLE BIT LATE THERE, BUT I THINK JOHNSTON MAY HAVE HEARD HIM COMING.>>Verne: THIRD AND 14. IT WAS IN THE VIRGINIA TECH GAME THAT CHAD JOHNSTON REALLY EARNED HIS SPURS AND GOT THIS JOB BACK. ERIC BOYKIN, A TRANSFER FROM MICHIGAN, HAD STARTED THE PRECEDING THREE GAMES, THAT’S THE GAME DESPITE A LOSS THAT DON NEHLEN SAID TURNED THE SEASON AROUND FOR THIS WEST VIRGINIA BUNCH. HERE’S JOHNSTON, TIPPED, INTERCEPTED. PICKED OFF BY BEN WASHINGTON, NUMBER 6. ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE 50 AND FINALLY BROUGHT DOWN AT THE 47-YARD LINE. IT WAS TIPPED BY HANK CAMPBELL, NUMBER 45 AND RETURNED 43 YARDS.>>Dan: JOHNSTON TRYING TO FORCE THIS ONE IN THERE, TRYING TO SHOW OFF HIS STRONG ARM, BUT CAMPBELL IS ALL OVER THIS ONE. HERE HE IS, RIGHT HERE, JOHNSTON GOES BACK. HE’S GOING TO TRY TO FIRE THE BALL IN TO HIS RECEIVER. GOOD JOB BY CAMPBELL CHECKING OUT THE RECEIVER AND THEN BREAKING ON IT. THAT’S TRYING TO GO TO THE TIGHT END LOVETT PURNELL AND WASHINGTON IS OFF ON A WONDERFUL RETURN PICKING UP THE PICKET LINES DOWN THE SIDELINES AND GETTING EFFORT OUT– GETTING EVERYTHING HE CAN OUT OF IT.>>Verne: HERE’S THE HANDOFF LEFT SIDE AND CAROLINA GETS IT DOWN TO THE 43-YARD LINE. THERE’S BEN WASHINGTON, THE FRESHMAN FROM TALLAHASSEE. JUST LEARNING HOW TO SHAVE OBVIOUSLY.>>Dan: NOT A BAD TIME TO GET YOUR FIRST INTERCEPTION ON NATIONAL TV.>>Verne: TOUGH TIME AT THE MIRROR THIS MORNING, SECOND DOWN AND FOUR. 17-14, TANEYHILL SLIPS THE BALL TO STANLEY PRITCHETT. OH, WHAT A MOMENTUM SWITCH THAT MIGHT PROVIDE FOR SOUTH CAROLINA BECAUSE THEY WERE REALLY BACK ON THEIR HEELS.>>Dan: THEY REALLY NEEDED THAT TURNOVER.>>Verne: AND YET AGAIN IT WAS WEST VIRGINIA INSIDE THE 30 AND UNABLE TO SCORE. 5:10, REMAINING QUARTER NUMBER THREE, 17-14 SOUTH CAROLINA AND THEY WILL CHECK THE MEASUREMENT HERE.>>Dan: AND YOU WANT TO THINK BACK TO ALL THE CHANCES WEST VIRGINIA HAD OF JUST TAKING THE FIELD GOAL. HERE THEY ARE JUST DOWN BY THREE POINTS. THEY COULD BE IN A POSITION TO EITHER WHERE THEY ARE AHEAD OR AT LEAST TIED BUT NEHLEN HAS NO CONFIDENCE IN HIS FIELD GOAL KICKER TODAY, BRYAN BAUMANN.>>Verne: WE’RE AT JOE ROBAIE STADIUM, THE 1995 CARQUEST BOWL FEATURING WEST VIRGINIA OUT OF THE BIG EAST AND SOUTH CAROLINA FROM THE ZEKE IT WAS 17-7 AT THE HALF. WEST VIRGINIA FELL BEHIND WHEN TANEYHILL HIT FOSTER WITH THE FIRST SCORE, MORTON’S 47-YARD FIELD GOAL MADE IT 10-0, AND HERE ON FIRST DOWN AND TEN IS THE HANDOFF UP THE MIDDLE TO BENNETT. IN THE SECOND QUARTER WEST VIRGINIA GOT A 4-YARD RUN FROM ROBERT WALKER. THAT SHAVED THE MARGIN TO THREE. TANEYHILL SCORED FROM FOUR YARDS OUT JUST BEFORE HALF TIME TO MAKE IT 17-7. THEN IN THIS QUARTER LOVETT PURNELL WITH A WONDERFUL SIX-YARD TOUCHDOWN CATCH CUT THE MARGIN TO 17-14. THAT’S WHERE WE ARE AND A 37-YARD INTERCEPTION RETURN BY BEN WASHINGTON HAS IGNITED THIS DRIVE BY SOUTH CAROLINA. A TOSS TO BENNETT, BREAKS A TACKLE, BREAKS ANOTHER, LOOKS FOR ONE MORE AND COMES LEFT. HOW ABOUT THAT. WELL, JERRY RICE DID THAT ONCE. AND IT DIDN’T HAMPER HIS CAREER.>>Dan: NO, WHAT I THINK HAPPENED IS HE SAW HE COULDN’T OUTRUN HAROLD KIDD TO THE CORNER AND WAS LOOKING TO SHIFT INTO ANOTHER GEAR AND DIDN’T HAVE IT. WATCH THE BLOCKING HERE UP FRONT AND THEN ALL GREAT RUNNING BACKS HAVE A NACK FOR GUTTING AGAINST THE GRAIN, BUT KIDD USES HIS SPEED TO TAKE THE ANGLE, MAYBE HE WAS LOOKING TO MAKE A CELEBRATION DANCE AND HOLD THE BALL UP IN THE AIR TRYING TO SWITCH IT OVER TO HIS LEFT HAND TO PREPARE FOR A STRAIGHT ARM ON KIDD AND HE LOST THE MANNEDLE.>>Verne: HE WAS GOING TO DO A HEISMAN ON KIDD, AND THE BALL WENT KERPLUNK. A DIVE PLAY, PRITCHETT, DOWN TO THE 1-YARD LINE. NEVERTHELESS IT WAS A GREAT RUN BY PRITCHETT.>>Dan: SINCE THE TURNOVER– TURNOVER, THE PASS-HAPPY OFFENSE HAS BEEN ALL ON THE GROUND. LOOK FOR PRITCHETT TO GET THE BALL HERE, THE GAMECOCKS’ LEADING SCORER ON THE YEAR, GOT TEN TOUCHDOWNS RUSHING.>>Verne: THESE PLAYS ARE BEING CALLED UP IN THE PRESS BOX BY RICKY BUSTLE THE OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR. THIS IS HIS LAST GAME AT SOUTH CAROLINA. HE JOINED BRAD SCOTT FROM VIRGINIA TECH. HE’S GOING BACK TO VIRGINIA TECH IN A WEEK. AND HE HOPES TO GO BACK WITH A PART OF THE FIRST BOWL VICTORY EVER FOR SOUTH CAROLINA. PRITCHETT DOWN AT THE ONE. AS A MATTER OF FACT, WE WERE TALKING WITH RICKY BUSTLE A COUPLE DAYS AGO. HE CAME FROM VIRGINIA TECH TO JOIN BRAD SCOTT’S STAFF. HE JUST CLOSED ON THE SALE OF HIS HOME IN BLACKSBURG THREE WEEKS AGO. NOW HE’S MOVING BACK UP THERE.>>Dan: DON’T YOU LOVE REAL ESTATE.>>Verne: OH, YEAH.>>Dan: BUY HIGH, SELL LOW. THAT’S WHAT HE SHOULD HAVE DONE.>>Verne: RICKY IS IN THERE SOMEWHERE, THERE HE IS, RIGHT THERE. RICKY BUSTLE, HE AND HIS WIFE AND SON BRAD, SEVEN YEARS OF AGE HEADING BACK TO BLACKSBURG.>>Dan: THE GAMECOCKS GO INTO A FULL REGULATION HUDDLE ON SHORT YARDAGE, GOAL-LINE OFFENSE, GOT ALL THEIR BIG GUYS IN THERE.>>Verne: THIRD AND GOAL. LEFT SIDE, PRITCHETT, TOUCHDOWN!>>Verne: EIGHT IN THE REGULAR SEASON. HE GETS ONE TODAY, AND IT INCREASES THE SOUTH CAROLINA LEAD OVER DON NEHLEN AND THE WEST VIRGINIA MOUNTAINEERS.>>Verne: REED MORTON WHO STRAINED HIS BACK MAKING A TACKLE IN THE FIRST HALF, AND YOU SEE HIM LIMPING JUST A LITTLE BIT–>>Bob: SOME QUESTION AS TO WHETHER PRITCHETT GOT IN OR NOT, GOOD JOB ON THE LEFT SIDE, CAVING THINGS IN, BUT THAT KNEE IS DOWN, THE BALL IS OVER. I SAY HE’S IN. HE BROKE THE PLANE BEFORE THE RIGHT KNEE HIT THE TURF. OR DID HE? WELL, THAT’S THE BENEFIT OF HAVING THE CAMERA RIGHT ON THE GOAL LINE RIGHT WHERE THESE HANDS ARE. THIS OFFICIAL IS STANDING RIGHT IN FRONT OF OUR CAMERAMAN. HE SAW IT AS A TOUCHDOWN. THAT’S ALL THAT MATTERS.>>Verne: AND IT DOES INCREASE SOUTH CAROLINA’S LEAD TO 28-14 WITH 2:40 REMAINING IN QUARTER NUMBER THREE. STANLEY PRITCHETT, 49 YARDS, EIGHT PLAYS.>>Dan: AND ALL EIGHT OF THOSE PLAYS RE ON THE GROUND, SO THE INTERCEPTION GAVE CAROLINA GREAT MOMENTUM, BUT ALSO CHANGED THEIR PHILOSOPHY WHERE WE’RE GOING TO HAVE TO MEET FORCE WITH FORCE. THEY KEPT THE BALL ON THE GROUND. OF COURSE, THE TURNOVERS HAVE BEEN THE BIG DIFFERENCE.>>Verne: MIKE LOGAN BACK TO RETURN THE KICKOFF, AND 14 POINTS OFF THE TURNOVERS NOW FOR SOUTH CAROLINA. WEST VIRGINIA HAS HAD A SELF-DESTRUCT BUTTON THAT THEY HAVE KEPT ACTIVE TODAY. IT WILL BE SIMPSON KICKING OFF. AND LOGAN AND VANTERPOOL THE DEEP MAN. THERE’S LOGAN. FIRST BOWL GAME IN SIX YEARS FOR SOUTH CAROLINA. THIS IS THEIR NINTH BOWL APPEARANCE OVERALL. THEY HAVE NEVER WON. HERE COMES VANTERPOOL. AND HE IS OUT TO THE 30-YARD LINE. WEST VIRGINIA GETS IT BACK ON OFFENSE. N.C.A.A. BASKETBALL COVERAGE CONTINUES ON CBS SUNDAY WITH FRESHMAN SENSATION PHILLIPE LOPEZ LEADING THE RESURGENT RED STORM OF ST. JOHN’S INTO HARTFORD TO TAKE ON DONY MARSHALL AND THE HUSKIES, SUNDAY AT 2:00 ON CBS. NEAR THE CONCLUSION OF TODAY’S GAME, DAN AND I WILL SELECT A CARQUEST AUTO PARTS PLAYER OF THE GAME. CHAD JOHNSTON FROM PETERSTOWN, VIRGINIA, SAID HE ALMOST WENT TO VIRGINIA TECH. HE HAS A STEP-BROTHER, TRAVIS JACKSON, WHO PLAYS BASKETBALL AT VIRGINIA TECH. HE IS THE FIRST HOME-GROWN QUARTERBACK FOR WEST VIRGINIA SINCE THE MID-70’S. ENORMOUS PRIDE BUT A LOT OF PRESSURE ON HIM. HERE’S WALKER GOING RIGHT AND WALKER IS CUT DOWN AT THE 37-YARD LINE.>>Dan: THE WAY THIS BALL GAME IS GOING, VERNE, IT’S GOING TO BE HARDER TO SELECT THAT PLAYER OF THE GAME RIGHT NOW. A LOT OF GUYS ARE PLAYING AWFULFULLY WELL. JOHNSTON WENT TO THAT BASKETBALL GAME BETWEEN VIRGINIA TECH AND WEST VIRGINIA AND SAT IN THE VIRGINIA TECH SIDE OF THE COURT SO HE COULD ROOT FOR HIS STEP-BROTHER AND HE HAD TO TAKE QUITE A BIT OF RAZZING FROM HIS BUDDIES AND CLASSMATES, BUT THAT’S THE WAY IT GOES, HE SAYS.>>Verne: SECOND DOWN, PLAY ACTION, GOOD CATCH BY PURNELL. LOOK AT HIM MOVE DOWNFIELD. HE HAS BEEN A HUGE FACTOR FOR WEST VIRGINIA HERE IN THE SECOND HALF. BEN WASHINGTON WITH THE TACKLE.>>Dan: REALLY IMPRESSED WITH THE RECEIVERS OF BOTH TEAMS. JUST REACHING OUT AND CATCHING THE BALL IN THEIR HANDS. THIS GUY HAS GOT SOME ATHLETIC ABILITY, DOES NOT WANT TO GO OUT OF BOUNDS, WANTS TO GET AS MUCH AS HE CAN. THEY ARE INSIDE THE 40.>>Verne: FIRST DOWN AND TEN AT THE 36. BACKS IN THE EYE, JOHNSTON SLIPS IT TO WALKER WHO HAS GONE OVER 100 YARDS IN THE GAME. HE’S AT 102 BEFORE THIS CARRY. CAME ON FOR JIMMY GARY AFTER THE TWO FUMBLES EARLY IN THE GAME. ROBERT WALKER WITH 104 NOW. A COUPLE OF TATOOS ON THE RIGHT ARM OF CHRIS KLICK. THOSE AREN’T THE ONLY TATOOS HE HAS.>>Dan: THAT’S THE TIP OF THE TATOO ICEBERG THERE.>>Verne: SECOND AND NINE. THAT CATCH BY ABRAHAM IS GOOD. AND HE’S OUT OF BOUNDS AT THE 24. WELL, THIS IS A SEGUE. OR IT’S GOING TO BE A SEGUE. OR IT’S NOT.>>Dan: WELL, WHAT IT WAS WAS A COMPLETE PASS, AND, AGAIN, IT’S THAT OUT-ROUT, VERNE, THAT WE TALKED ABOUT. THAT’S ABOUT FOUR OR FIVE OF THOSE NOW FOR ZACH ABRAHAM AND IT’S BECAUSE OF THE COVERAGE OF THE CAROLINA GAMECOCKS. THEY WANT TO PLAY FOUR ACROSS THE MIDDLE TO KEEP THE SAFETIES INVOLVED IN THE RUN SUPPORT BUT THEY ARE GETTING MURDERED BY JOHNSTON AND ABRAHAM ON THE OUTSIDE.>>Verne: JOHNSTON, WALKER, BLOCK FROM VANTERPOOL. NIFTY RUN. FIRST AND GOAL WEST VIRGINIA AT THE 7.>>Dan: TALKED ABOUT THE FACT THAT WALKER IS OVER 100 YARDS. HE HAD A BIG GAME AGAINST MARYLAND EARLIER IN THE YEAR WHEN HE HAD 123. HE’S MAKING A BID TO BE PLAYER OF THE GAME AS WELL. JUST A LEAD PLATE GOOD VISION TO THE BACK SIDE THERE. AND OUT OF BOUNDS, ALL THE WAY INSIDE THE TEN, AND THAT INTERCEPTION DIDN’T FAZE THE MOUNTAINEERS AT ALL. THEY COME RIGHT BACK ON OFFENSE AND THEY ARE OVERPOWERING CAROLINA AGAIN.>>Verne: WE’RE IN THE FINAL 50 SECONDS OF THE THIRD QUARTER, FIRST AND GOAL AT THE 7. 24-14 SOUTH CAROLINA LEADS. PLAY ACTION. LOOKS FOR ABRAHAM, SETTLE FOR PURNELL. TOUCHDOWN WEST VIRGINIA!>>Verne: HERE’S THE EXTRA POINT FROM BAUMANN, UP AND GOOD.>>Dan: WELL, WHEN YOU RUN THE BALL WELL AS THE MOUNTAINEERS ARE DOING, WALKER IS HAVING A LOT OF SUCCESS. THEY ARE GOING TO FAKE THE BALL OVER HERE. ON THE BOOTLEG JOHNSTON COMES OUT, AND WATCH THE EFFORT AGAIN BY PURNELL. KNOWS EXACTLY WHERE THE GOAL LINE IS. THE QUESTION IS DOES HE BREAK THE PLANE? NOT SO SURE ABOUT THAT. BUT IT DOESN’T REALLY MATTER. WE’VE– THIS KIND OF EVENS THE SCORE. HE’S DOWN THERE. THE BALL IS NOWHERE NEAR CROSS THE PLANE, BUT IT GOES AS A TOUCHDOWN AND I BET YOU THE SAME OFFICIAL MADE THAT CALL AS MADE THE CALL PREVIOUSLY WHEN STANLEY PRITCHETT DID NOT GET IN BUT WAS RULED IN FOR THE SCORE. IT REALLY DOESN’T MATTER. WE’VE GOT A GREAT GAME.>>Verne: RADIO KERATOTOMY CORRECTS THAT.>>Dan: PARDON ME?>>Verne: IT WILL CORRECT YOUR VISION AND MAKE GLASSES UNNECESSARY. I KNOW IT WAS A REACH.>>Dan: I THOUGHT YOU WERE ORDERING A SALAD.>>Verne: 24-21. WELL, THAT DISPUTED CALL ON EITHER END. RICHARDSON AND BENNETT ARE BACK. GOOD KICK. IT WILL COME OUT TO THE 20.>>Verne: LOVETT PURNELL TWO TOUCHDOWNS.>>Dan: WE MAY HAVE TO GO TO THE CARQUEST PEOPLE AND SEE IF THEY HAVE MORE THAN ONE AWARD TO GIVE OUT BECAUSE PURNELL IS HAVING A HECK OF A DAY ALONG WITH WALKER AND WE HAVEN’T EVEN TALKED ABOUT THE GUYS ON THE SOUTH CAROLINA SIDE AND THEY ARE STILL AHEAD IN THIS GAME.>>Verne: SEVEN PLAYS, 70 YARDS, 1:56. AND WE’VE STILL GOT 44 SECONDS TO GO IN THIS QUARTER.

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