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December 31, 1987 • Jacksonville, Florida • 82,119 Attendance


Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
South Carolina 3 3 0 7 13
LSU 14 6 7 3 30

Seventh-ranked Louisiana State struck early and never looked back in posting a 30-13 victory over ninth-ranked South Carolina before a Mazda Gator Bowl crowd of 82,119 on New Year’s Eve afternoon in Jacksonville.

The Gamecocks’ “50” defense designed by defensive coordinator Joe Lee Dunn was unsuccessful in stopping LSU’s quarterback-wide receiver combination of Tom Hodson and Wendell Davis. Hodson completed 20 of 32 attempts for 224 yards and three touchdowns, two of which came in the first six minutes of play. Davis, the Gator Bowl Most Valuable Player for the Bengal Tigers, had nine receptions for 132 yards and three touchdowns.

Offensively for the Gamecocks, the “Run and Shoot” led by quarterback Todd Ellis, was ineffective against LSU’s defense. Ellis was still able to pass for over 300 yards on 28-of-47 attempts. However, Ellis was intercepted four times. Louisiana State was able to return the interceptions for 132 yards total.

South Carolina running back Harold Green was named the Gator Bowl Most Valuable Player for the Gamecocks as he rushed 15 times for 72 yards and South Carolina’s only touchdown.

Freshman placekicker Collin Mackie was good on field goals from 44 and 39 yards, both of which came in the first half.

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter
LSU Davis 39-yard pass from Hodson (Browndyke kick); 13:31
LSU Davis 12-yard pass from Hodson (Browndyke kick); 9:59
USC Mackie 49-yard field goal; 3:04

2nd Quarter
LSU Browndyke 29-yard field goal; 14:03
USC Mackie 39-yard field goal; 7:59
LSU Browndyke 18-yard field goal; 0:01

3rd Quarter
LSU Davis 25-yard pass from Hodson (Browndyke kick); 12:34

4th Quarter
USC Green 10-yard run (Mackie kick); 14:47
LSU Browndyke 23-yard field goal; 8:17

Game Statistics


First Downs 21 17
Net Yards Rushing 25 122
Rushing Attempts 33 39
Net Passing Yards 304 224
  Cmp.-Att.-Int. 28-47-4 20-32-0
Total Offense Yards 329 346
Total Offense Plays 80 71
Fumbles: No.-Lost 2-1 5-3
Penalties: No.-Yards 6-49 10-107
Punts: No.-Yards 2-81 3-113
Punt Average 40.5 37.6
Possession Time 30:58 29:02
Sacks By: No.-Yards 0-0 7-63

South Carolina Statistics

Passing: Ellis 47-28-4-304.

Rushing: Green 15-72; Bing 4-7; Bethea 1-9; Ellis 11-(-61); Sharpe 2-(-2).

Receiving: Green 7-45; Sharpe 6-53; Smith 4-79; Bethea 4-69.

Tackle Leaders: Philpot 11; Edwards 10; Hart 10; Windsor 9; Robinson 8.