Columbia, SC (WLTX) - South Carolina's defense was able to slow down ninth-ranked Texas A&M, but their offense couldn't quite keep up, as the Gamecocks lost 24-13 Saturday in Columbia.
USC freshman quarterback Brandon McIllwain struggled to move the ball, accounting for only 34 yards in the air. He was pulled for backup Perry Orth, who came in and tallied 138 yards.
The Gamecocks made a statement that it wouldn't be an easy day for A&M on the first play of the game, when AJ Turner took the handoff, darted around the left side of the field, and sprinted around defenders 75 yards for the touchdown. It was the 10th longest touchdown in USC history.
The Aggies, though, would answer on their first possession, capping a 7 play drive when Trevor Knight ran it in from 4-yards out.
Neither team could find a way to score until the the second half, when A&M's Trayveon Williams rumbled 49 yards for a score with 11:37 left in the third quarter.
USC's Elliott Fry missed one field goal in the 3rd, but booted through another, set up by Darius English forced fumble against the Aggies.
The difference maker would come early in the 4th quarter, when Texas A&M's James White ran it in from 2 yards out to give the Aggies an 11 point lead.
The teams would both add a field goal a piece before the game was over.
The Gamecocks (2-3, 1-3 SEC) now take on Georgia next week in Columbia.