Live updates: South Carolina Gamecocks football at East Carolina

by 24USATVSept. 12, 2021, 4:20 a.m. 26
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Parker White walks it off for South Carolina with 36-yard field goal. Gamecocks improve to 2-0 on the season.

White, in his first field goal try today, is true from 39 yards out. South Carolina quickly answers ECU's scoring drive. We're tied again, 17-17, here in Greenville

Pirates capped a 14-play, 7:00 drive with a 26-yard field goal to reclaim the lead, 17-14. ECU's 14-play drive was buy-in-large the longest drive of this game for either team.

That can't take that one away. Noland floated one up and Joyner climbed the ladder to bring it down. It took the Gamecocks almost three full quarters to score an offensive touchdown.

We're knotted at 14, 46 seconds left in the third.

The offense has had its issues with protecting the ball. Now the South Carolina makes East Carolina pay for a miscue. Damant Staley stepped in front of an Ahlers pass and returned it 63 yards for the Gamecocks first score on the day.

Dakereon Joyner enters the game at quarterback for south Carolina

The senior worked some wildcat snaps last week against Eastern Illinois.

Holten Ahlers runs it in for East Carolina

Pirates take a 14-0 lead over South Carolina on the 3-yard touchdown keeper by Ahlers.

A two-play drive. ECU cashes in on the USC turnover. Gamecocks have done nothing but hurt themselves so far here in Greenville.

South Carolina receiver Josh Vann fumbles as he almost scores a TD

South Carolina receiver Josh Vann didn't secure the ball away as he almost crossed the goal line on that pass from Zeb Noland. ECU stripped the ball out inches before Vann got across and the ball rolled out of the back of the end zone for an ECU touchback;

East Carolina place kicker Owen Daffer misses a 44-yard field goal try to the right. Pirates had a chance to go up two scores. ECU still leads 7-0.

Zeb Noland throws his first interception on the season

Miscommunication between Noland and tight end Jaheim Bell resulted in the quarterback's first interception on the season. Saba for ECU stepped in front of the pass.

The speculation is over. For now. Noland, who started USC's season opener last week got his second straight start at quarterback for the Gamecocks.

He completed his first pass, a throw to Dakereon Joyner for 8 yards.

So now we know why East Carolina decided to receive when they won the toss. They had the perfect play dialed up. ECU QB Holton Ahlers rolled then found Tyler Snead behind the defense for a 75-yard touchdown pass.

South Carolina defensive backs Darius Rush and David Spaulding bit on the quarterback scramble

That's the largest looming question for South Carolina ahead of its first road game at East Carolina Saturday. Kickoff from Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium is set for noon ET on ESPN2.

Graduate assistant turned quarterback Zeb Noland started the Gamecocks 2021 opener last week against Eastern Illinois. Noland was efficient, throwing for four touchdowns and 121 yards on 13-of-22 passing in 46-0 win.

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Freshman Luke Doty, who sprained his left foot before the team's first fall camp scrimmage nearly a month ago, is expected to play, according to South Carolina football coach Shane Beamer. But he was mum on the extent of the health of Doty, which guy would start the ECU game or how much each is expected to play for the Gamecocks (1-0).

The Pirates (0-1) dropped their season opener versus Appalachian State, 33-19, last Thursday in the neutral site game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

Follow along live as the South Carolina Gamecocks football team plays on the road against East Carolina:

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