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Smelley leads South Carolina past Mississippi State

Sep 30, 2007 - 12:15 AM COLUMBIA, South Carolina (Ticker) -- Chris Smelley gave South Carolina's offense a boost.

Smelley passed for two touchdowns and Mike Davis ran for three more as the 16th-ranked Gamecocks held off Mississippi State with a 38-21 victory in a Southeastern Conference matchup on Saturday afternoon.

Kenny McKinley caught two TDs for South Carolina (4-1, 2-1 SEC East), which rebounded from a 28-16 loss at second-ranked Louisiana State last Saturday.

But after this Saturday's win, Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier already is looking forward to next week's contest vs. Kentucky.

"Kentucky obviously is one of the best offensive teams in the conference. That will be a fun game, one of the biggest we've had it in a while," Spurrier said. "We're trying to maximize this season. We'll play good players, it doesn't matter whether they are first year or fourth year. We're trying to win a championship."

After the offense stalled against the Tigers last week, Spurrier benched fifth-year senior Blake Mitchell in favor of Smelley, who relieved Mitchell last week and went 12-of-26 for 174 yards, a touchdown and a pick.

After a blocked punt gave the Gamecocks the ball at the the Bulldogs' 27-yard line, Smelley found McKinley on the next play for the go-ahead TD to make it 24-21 with 3:43 left in the third quarter.

"Eric (Norwood, who blocked the punt) is one of our best players," Spurrier said. "That's why we've got him on punt block. We've got to put our best players in to make plays. He got a game ball."

The duo also hooked up for a 20-yard score to snap a 7-7 tie on the first possession of the second quarter. McKinley had four catches for 107 yards.

"I felt good the whole time," Smelley said. "I have been practicing for weeks. I was comfortable the whole time. I don't worry, I can't think about mistakes and play quarterback."

Davis capped a 12-play, 69-yard drive with a three-yard plunge to start the scoring at the 10:22 mark of the opening quarter. The junior running back, who ran for 59 yards on 18 carries, added two fourth-quarter scores - the last one to provide the final margin.

Anthony Dixon had two touchdowns for Mississippi State (3-2, 1-2 West), which had its three-game winning streak snapped. The Bulldogs' lone loss entering Saturday's play also came against LSU.

"We missed a great opportunity," Bulldogs coach Sylvester Croom said. "We didn't play with the discipline I expected us to play with. We had far too many penalties. We had a blocked punt. We didn't tackle well, all things that we work on extensively."






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  • NCAAF FINAL
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    MISSISSIPPI ST 7 7 7 0 21
    SOUTH CAROLINA (16) 7 10 7 14 38 FINAL
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: SOUTH CAROLINA - TD, MIKE DAVIS 3 YD RUN (RYAN
    SUCCOP KICK), 4:38. SOUTH
    CAROLINA 7-0
    MISSISSIPPI ST - TD, AUBREY BELL 28 YD PASS FROM
    JOSH RIDDELL (ADAM CARLSON
    KICK), 9:43. MISSISSIPPI ST
    7-7
    2ND QUARTE

    Sep 29 4:04 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD SOUTH CAROLINA
    MIKE DAVIS 12 YD RUN
    (RYAN SUCCOP KICK)
    MISSISSIPPI ST 21
    SOUTH CAROLINA (16) 38 0:58 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Mississippi State vs. South Carolina(16)Sep 29 3:59 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD SOUTH CAROLINA
    MIKE DAVIS 2 YD RUN
    (RYAN SUCCOP KICK)
    MISSISSIPPI ST 21
    SOUTH CAROLINA (16) 31 14:07 LEFT, 4TH QTR

    Mississippi State vs. South Carolina(16)Sep 29 3:21 PM


  • NCAAF END, 3RD QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    MISSISSIPPI ST 7 7 7 21
    SOUTH CAROLINA (16) 7 10 7 24 END, 3RD QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: SOUTH CAROLINA - TD, MIKE DAVIS 3 YD RUN (RYAN
    SUCCOP KICK), 4:38. SOUTH
    CAROLINA 7-0
    MISSISSIPPI ST - TD, AUBREY BELL 28 YD PASS FROM
    JOSH RIDDELL (ADAM CARLSON
    KICK), 9:43. MISSISSIPPI ST

    Sep 29 3:15 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD SOUTH CAROLINA
    KENNY MCKINLEY 27 YD PASS FROM CHRIS SMELLEY
    (RYAN SUCCOP KICK)
    MISSISSIPPI ST 21
    SOUTH CAROLINA (16) 24 3:43 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Mississippi State vs. South Carolina(16)Sep 29 3:06 PM
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  • NCAAF
    TD MISSISSIPPI ST
    ANTHONY DIXON 2 YD RUN
    (ADAM CARLSON KICK)
    MISSISSIPPI ST 21
    SOUTH CAROLINA (16) 17 8:56 LEFT, 3RD QTR

    Mississippi State vs. South Carolina(16)Sep 29 2:46 PM
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  • NCAAF HALFTIME
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    MISSISSIPPI ST 7 7 14
    SOUTH CAROLINA (16) 7 10 17 HALFTIME
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: SOUTH CAROLINA - TD, MIKE DAVIS 3 YD RUN (RYAN
    SUCCOP KICK), 4:38. SOUTH
    CAROLINA 7-0
    MISSISSIPPI ST - TD, AUBREY BELL 28 YD PASS FROM
    JOSH RIDDELL (ADAM CARLSON
    KICK), 9:43. MISSISSIPPI ST
    7-7
    2N

    Sep 29 2:10 PM


  • NCAAF
    FG SOUTH CAROLINA
    RYAN SUCCOP 45 YD
    MISSISSIPPI ST 14
    SOUTH CAROLINA (16) 17 0:02 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Mississippi State vs. South Carolina(16)Sep 29 2:09 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD MISSISSIPPI ST
    ANTHONY DIXON 1 YD RUN
    (ADAM CARLSON KICK)
    MISSISSIPPI ST 14
    SOUTH CAROLINA (16) 14 2:20 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Mississippi State vs. South Carolina(16)Sep 29 1:55 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD SOUTH CAROLINA
    KENNY MCKINLEY 20 YD PASS FROM CHRIS SMELLEY
    (RYAN SUCCOP KICK)
    MISSISSIPPI ST 7
    SOUTH CAROLINA (16) 14 13:28 LEFT, 2ND QTR

    Mississippi State vs. South Carolina(16)Sep 29 1:27 PM


  • NCAAF END, 1ST QTR
    1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
    --- --- --- --- -----
    MISSISSIPPI ST 7 7
    SOUTH CAROLINA (16) 7 7 END, 1ST QTR
    SCORING SUMMARY
    1ST QUARTER: SOUTH CAROLINA - TD, MIKE DAVIS 3 YD RUN (RYAN
    SUCCOP KICK), 4:38. SOUTH
    CAROLINA 7-0
    MISSISSIPPI ST - TD, AUBREY BELL 28 YD PASS FROM
    JOSH RIDDELL (ADAM CARLSON
    KICK), 9:43. MISSISSIPPI ST

    Sep 29 1:17 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD MISSISSIPPI ST
    AUBREY BELL 28 YD PASS FROM JOSH RIDDELL
    (ADAM CARLSON KICK)
    MISSISSIPPI ST 7
    SOUTH CAROLINA (16) 7 5:17 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Mississippi State vs. South Carolina(16)Sep 29 1:04 PM


  • NCAAF
    TD SOUTH CAROLINA
    MIKE DAVIS 3 YD RUN
    (RYAN SUCCOP KICK)
    MISSISSIPPI ST 0
    SOUTH CAROLINA (16) 7 10:22 LEFT, 1ST QTR

    Mississippi State vs. South Carolina(16)Sep 29 12:49 PM
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