Muschamp: QB Hilinski has a knee sprain, should play
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina coach Will Muschamp said freshman quarterback Ryan Hilinski has a sprained left knee, but was expected to play when the Gamecocks face No. 9 Florida on...
South Carolina adjusts to new game plan minus starting QB
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Very little has gone according to plan early on at South Carolina. And now the Gamecocks are facing a new reality — along with a new face at quarterback in backup Ryan...
Muschamp: South Carolina QB to have season-ending surgery
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley will have season-ending surgery on his fractured left foot.
Gamecocks coach Will Muschamp announced Bentley's decision Sunday....
Freshman Hilinski’s debut leads South Carolina to 72-10 win
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina fans gave quarterback Ryan Hilinski even more love than a second string QB typically gets in his first start and the freshman with the inspiring backstory...
Gamecocks, Charleston Southern deal with injuries, storm
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — It's been a challenging week for South Carolina and Charleston Southern.
The Gamecocks have had to deal with the loss of starting quarterback Jake Bentley, out for at...
South Carolina turns to freshman QB with Jake Bentley hurt
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley has a foot injury that could sideline him all season.
Coach Will Muschamp said Tuesday that Bentley hurt himself on the final...
AP source: South Carolina QB Bentley hurt, out indefinitely
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina starting quarterback Jake Bentley will be out indefinitely with a broken foot, a person close to football program told The Associated Press on...
Gamecocks, Tar Heels meet on different footing for opener
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) — The challenges are different for South Carolina coach Will Muschamp and North Carolina coach Mack Brown entering their season opener this weekend.
Will Muschamp believes this is his best South Carolina team
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's Will Muschamp believes he's got the strongest, deepest and most talented team in his four seasons as the Gamecocks' coach.
HOOVER, Ala. (AP) — The Latest on SEC media days (all times local):
Will Muschamp believes this will be his best South Carolina team.
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina freshman passer Ryan Hilinksi threw for 206 yards in the Gamecocks' annual Garnet-and-Black game to finish spring practice Saturday.
South Carolina QB Jake Bentley returning to school
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley is returning for a final season with the Gamecocks.
Bentley announced Friday on Twitter that he would come back for his senior season.
The 6-foot-4, 224-pound passer was a junior who had been South Carolina's starter since the middle of his freshman season in 2016. Bentley was considering turning pro and had received an evaluation from the NFL Draft Advisory Board about his chances at the next level.
Confident Bentley, South Carolina set to take on Virginia
CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Jake Bentley threw for 510 yards and five touchdowns against No. 2-ranked Clemson last month, so don't expect the South Carolina quarterback to be afraid of anyone — even though his best wide receiver won't play Saturday against Virginia in the Belk Bowl.
Bentley said South Carolina's offense has a "never scared mentality."
QB Bentley leads South Carolina vs. Virginia in Belk Bowl
Belk Bowl: South Carolina (7-5) vs. Virginia (7-5) at Charlotte, North Carolina, Saturday, noon EST (ABC)
Line: South Carolina by 5
Series Record: South Carolina leads 20-13-1
WHAT'S AT STAKE
The Gamecocks make their third straight bowl game appearance. They beat Michigan 26-19 in the Outback Bowl last season. The Cavaliers look to avenge last year's 49-7 loss to Navy in the Military Bowl.
South Carolina, QB Bentley looking for finish strong in bowl
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley believes the Gamecocks made progress during the regular season. He can't wait to see that continue against Virginia at the Belk Bowl.
"A bowl win would be icing on the cake," Bentley said Thursday.
South Carolina signs 18 players including QB Ryan Hilinski
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has signed quarterback Ryan Hilinski, the younger brother of former Washington State passer Tyler Hilinski who committed suicide last January.
Ryan Hilinski was among 18 signees announced by the Gamecocks on Wednesday.
Belk Bowl Matchup
Virginia (7-5, Atlantic Coast Conference) vs. South Carolina (7-5, Southeastern Conference), Dec. 29, noon EST.
LOCATION: Charlotte, North Carolina
South Carolina: QB Jake Bentley, 2,953 yards passing, 27 touchdowns with 12 interceptions. WR Deebo Samuel has 11 for the Gamecocks' 32 receiving TDs.
Virginia: QB Bryce Perkins, 2,472 yards and 22 TDs passing; another 842 yards and nine touchdowns rushing. DB Bryce Hall leads the nation with 20 pass breakups.
South Carolina beats Akron 28-3 in messy makeup game
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Deebo Samuel figured out another way to score a touchdown as he wrapped up his injury-cursed career at South Carolina in a rainy, messy makeup game.
Samuel recovered a bad snap on a punt in the end zone and caught two touchdown passes as the Gamecocks (7-5) beat Akron 28-3 on Saturday.
No. 2 Clemson, South Carolina QBs hope for rivalry impact
CLEMSON, S.C. (AP) — Both South Carolina's Jake Bentley and Clemson's Trevor Lawrence hope to make their first winning impact on the Palmetto State rivalry.
Bentley, a junior, has started the past two games against Clemson — both demoralizing losses where the Gamecocks (6-4) were badly overmatched and lost by a combined 90-17 margin.
No. 2 Clemson faces rival South Carolina seeking 12-0 season
South Carolina (6-4) at No. 2 Clemson (11-0, No. 2 CFP), 7 p.m. EST (ESPN)
Line: Clemson by 26.
Series record: Clemson leads 69-42-4.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
Clemson has wrapped up a spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference title game. It's looking to complete its fourth perfect regular season. South Carolina could enhance its bowl possibilities with every extra win.
Bentley’s 4 TDs lift South Carolina to 49-9 win over Mocs
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Quarterback Jake Bentley chatted with one of his favorite targets in receiver Deebo Samuel, honored on Senior Night who reflected on how much he'd miss playing at South Carolina.
"I told him in winning this game, we'd have a little bit more time together," Bentley said.
Bentley threw for 339 yards and tied his career best with four touchdowns as the Gamecocks became bowl eligible with a 49-9 victory over Chattanooga on Saturday night.
South Carolina feeling confident after consecutive wins
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina has finally won consecutive games this year, something the Gamecocks believe has given them a jolt of confidence that will help them the rest of the season.
"It's all a confidence thing," quarterback Jake Bentley said. "Confidence in the game plan, confidence in what we're starting off with. You can definitely see that."
South Carolina (5-3, 4-3 Southeastern Conference) hopes to have a similarly strong performance against No. 19 Florida (6-3, 4-3).
Bentley rallies South Carolina past Ole Miss 48-44
OXFORD, Miss. (AP) — Jake Bentley passed for two touchdowns and scored the
game-winning touchdown on a 4-yard run with 5:50 left to lift South
Carolina to a 48-44 comeback win over Mississippi on Saturday.
South Carolina (5-3, 4-3) erased a 44-34 deficit in the fourth quarter to
win consecutive games for the first time this season. The Gamecocks
covered 47 and 73 yards in fourth-quarter scoring drives, capped by a
3-yard run from A. J. Turner and Bentley's decisive score, respectively.
South Carolina, Bentley look for faster start vs Mississippi
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley can't understand why he and the Gamecocks start so slow and finish so strong.
He's just glad they do.
"It's just the resiliency of this team, that we're going to keep fighting," Bentley said Tuesday.
South Carolina (4-3, 3-3 Southeastern Conference) hopes to get off to a quicker start this Saturday at Mississippi (5-3, 1-3).
South Carolina rallies from 12 down to beat Vols 27-24
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Jake Bentley lay on the field after a hard hit on his game-tying two-point conversion in the second half.
Despite feeling like he "got hit by a boulder" and taking a few moments to recover, Bentley knew he wasn't done — and neither was South Carolina.
Bentley threw for 152 yards and a touchdown and the Gamecocks stopped Tennessee on downs twice in the final quarter to rally from 12-points down to beat the Vols 27-24 on Saturday.
South Carolina looks to fix self-inflicted woes in week off
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina hoped to be facing more positive challenges during its off week, not correcting problems the coaching staff believed had been already fixed before the season began.
Texas A&M, South Carolina QBs look to take steps forward
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Texas A&M quarterback Kellen Mond and South Carolina signal-caller Jake Bentley know they've got room to improve midway through their seasons.
When the 22nd-ranked Aggies play at the Gamecocks on Saturday, the game could tell a lot about which one takes a step forward.
Coaching friends face off in No. 22 Texas A&M-South Carolina
No. 22 Texas A&M (4-2, 2-1 SEC) at South Carolina (3-2, 2-2), 3:30 p.m. ET (SEC Network)
Line: Texas A&M by 2½.
Series record: Texas A&M leads 4-0.
WHAT'S AT STAKE?
Texas A&M is looking to continue its revival in the SEC when facing the Gamecocks, who have never beaten the Aggies. Texas A&M hopes to break into the top tier of SEC West contenders.
Muschamp: Gamecocks QB Bentley expected to start vs Aggies
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina got some good news about its quarterback situation with Jake Bentley expected to return as the Gamcocks' starter against No. 22 Texas A&M after missing last week with a left knee injury.
Coach Will Muschamp said Tuesday that Bentley has moved well, looked strong and, unless there's a setback, will play Saturday.
Scarnecchia’s 3 TDs lead Gamecocks to 37-35 win vs. Missouri
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Quarterback Michael Scarnecchia spent years dreaming of starting at South Carolina, until he learned about things even bigger than his wishes.
That's what made the Gamecocks senior, making his first college start, so pleased with his performance against Missouri on Saturday.
QB Bentley doesn’t start for South Carolina with knee injury
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley didn't start against Missouri because of a knee injury sustained at Kentucky last weekend.
With Bentley on the sideline, backup Michael Scarnecchia made his first college start.
Bentley left the Kentucky game in the second half. He practiced much of the week and went through pre-game warmups with teammates. Bentley had a brace on his left knee.
Offensive flop: Gamecocks struggling with up-tempo attack
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's offense was supposed to be a highly efficient, quick moving machine this season.
Instead, the Gamecocks' attack has been sluggish in South Carolina's two biggest Southeastern Conference games so far. Everyone agrees the Gamecocks need to quickly find their offensive rhythm to turn the season around.
"We just have to make the plays that come to us," Gamecocks receiver Deebo Samuel said Tuesday.
No. 17 Kentucky tops South Carolina 24-10 to remain unbeaten
LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) — For one half, No. 17 Kentucky's offense showed the intensity that helped earn its first Top 25 in nearly 11 years. When things sputtered afterward against South Carolina, the Wildcats' defense rose to the challenge with clutch plays to ensure their new-found status ended on a high note.
South Carolina notches 10th straight win over Vandy 37-14
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason talked about needing to be ready for a street fight when his Commodores played South Carolina.
Well, the Gamecocks took that very personally.
Jake Bentley threw for 261 yards and a touchdown, and the South Carolina Gamecocks bounced back from their hurricane-forced break, routing Vanderbilt 37-14 Saturday.
South Carolina QB Bentley looking ahead, not back to Georgia
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley has an additional job this week.
While preparing for South Carolina's upcoming game against Marshall, Bentley is making sure teammates have put last week's loss to Georgia behind them.
No. 3 Georgia plays at No. 24 South Carolina in early test
No. 3 Georgia (1-0, 0-0 SEC) at No. 24 South Carolina (1-0, 0-0), 3:30 p.m. ET (CBS)
No. 24 South Carolina eager for showdown with No. 3 Georgia
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley is excited about his team's new, fast-paced offense. He believes the 24th-ranked Gamecocks will be able to move the ball effectively this week against No. 3 Georgia.
Bentley throws 4 TDs, South Carolina beats Coastal Carolina
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina talked all offseason about going faster and displaying a new speed on offense.
It was only one game, against a team that is just more than a year removed from playing its first season in the FBS, but the Gamecocks' 49-15 victory over Coastal Carolina Saturday left no doubt that South Carolina can achieve its goal.
Jake Bentley threw for four touchdowns, Rico Dowdle scored twice and South Carolina had six different players reach the end zone.
Muschamp, Gamecocks look for improved defense
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina quarterback Jake Bentley has seen — and heard — first hand of the Gamecocks improvement on defense.
Bentley chuckled and shook his head when asked about facing coordinator Travaris Robinson's defense this summer in preseason camp.
"It's fun because it makes you better," Bentley said Tuesday. "But some days they get you and T-Rob (Robinson) lets you know about it. That's not fun."
Jake Bentley growing in South Carolina’s offense
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina quarterbacks coach Dan Werner keeps searching for flaws, shortcomings or things to fix with Gamecocks starter Jake Bentley.
So far, the long-time coach hasn't found anything to complain about — yet.
"There are no negatives," said Werner, in his first year at South Carolina. "He comes to work every day wanting to be a leader, wanting to work hard, just begging for information. He's always the first one there, the last one to leave.
CAROLINA FOOTBALL: Five things to watch for in Saturday’s spring game
It was a relatively quiet month for Will Muschamp’s South Carolina football team.
Things should get a little bit louder this weekend. Coming off a 9-4 season in 2017, the Gamecocks wrap up spring practice with Saturday’s spring game, set for a noon kickoff at Williams-Brice Stadium.
While this year's spring hasn’t produced much fanfare, there’s still more than enough to keep an eye on during Saturday’s scrimmage.
Bentley leads South Carolina past Michigan 26-19 in Outback
TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Will Muschamp envisions championships in South Carolina's future.
Lots of them.
"We don't have all the trophies and the tradition and history but we have some grit," the coach said after the Gamecocks rallied from a 16-point second-half deficit. to beat Michigan 26-19 in Monday's Outback Bowl.
Woe Blue: Michigan falls apart, loses to South Carolina
Tampa, Fla. – Michigan's bowl game was supposed to be a springboard into the upcoming season, but the Wolverines will want to leave this one behind.
Michigan vs. South Carolina: QB Peters can make statement
Angelique S. Chengelis of The Detroit News breaks down Monday's Michigan-South Carolina Outbowl Bowl game at Raymond James Stadium (noon, ESPN2/WWJ).
Outback Bowl matchup
Michigan (8-4, 5-4 Big Ten Conference) vs. South Carolina (8-4, 5-3 Southeastern Conference), Jan. 1, 12 p.m. EST
LOCATION: Tampa, Florida
Michigan: LB Devin Bush is the team's leading tackler with 94. The sophomore's 9.5 tackles for loss include 5.0 sacks. He also has an interception.
South Carolina: QB Jake Bentley is 12-7 as a starter and has completed 63.6 percent of his career passes, which is second in school history.
COLUMBIA — Jake Bentley and the South Carolina Gamecocks have seen this before.
After suffering through a humiliating 56-7 beatdown at Clemson last year, the Gamecocks were dominated in a 34-10 loss to the Tigers Saturday night.
Bentley, USC's sophomore quarterback, told reporters over the summer that the Tigers would not beat the Gamecocks as badly this time around.
Well, it wasn’t a 49-point loss on the scoreboard, but the defeat was just as one-sided for the Gamecocks.
Bentley, Bryant eager to make mark in Palmetto Rivalry
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina's Jake Bentley and Clemson's Kelly Bryant are quarterbacks eager their teams to victory in the Palmetto State's biggest rivalry.
One will walk from Saturday night's matchup disappointed.
Bentley will make his second start for the Gamecocks (8-3) against No. 4 Clemson (10-1, No. 3 College Football Playoff), anxious to redeem himself and his team after last year's disastrous 56-7 embarrassment.
Sapakoff: Is this year Gamecocks QB Jake Bentley’s best chance to beat Clemson?
COLUMBIA – Any Las Vegas oddsmaker worth his complimentary casino buffet would favor Jake Bentley becoming the first South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback to go 0-4 against Clemson.
Which says a lot about Dabo Swinney’s program and more about Bentley’s outstanding ability as a player and leader.
Sapakoff: Gamecocks’ ‘So what? Now what?’ buy-in tops the SEC East trash heap
COLUMBIA – The SEC portion of South Carolina’s 2017 football season was conveniently abridged in an eight-play sequence against Florida on Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium:
- Two Jake Bentley interceptions
- Two lost fumbles (one by each team)
- Two Florida penalties
- Two sacks (one by each team)
A few minutes within a 28-20 victory over two-time defending SEC East champion Florida, the latest pathetic foe on the Gamecocks’ schedule.
S Carolina overcomes errors, beats crumbling Florida 28-20
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — In a season of one dominant team and a bunch of disappointments in the SEC East, resilient South Carolina figured out another way to win, overcoming four turnovers to beat Florida 28-20 on Saturday and reach heights the Gamecocks have rarely achieved.
South Carolina (7-3, 5-3 Southeastern) can't win what would have been only been its second SEC East title. But the Gamecocks will finish with only its eighth winning SEC record in 26 seasons in the league.