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Sept. 16, 2006

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South Carolina recovered its first fumble committed by an opponent this season with less than half a minute remaining in the game to preserve its 27-20 win. With Wofford threatening at the Gamecock 14-yard line Dakota Walker caused the fumble by quarterback Josh Collier. Cody Wells recovered and returned the fumble 42 yards. It was also Wells’ first career recovery in three seasons.

Cory Boyd scored three first half touchdowns on runs of 10, one and 40 yards. They were South Carolina’s first three rushing touchdowns of the season. Three rushing touchdowns in a game tied a school record held by several players.

Boyd left the game midway through the third quarter with a right ankle injury. He returned briefly on kickoff return coverage in the fourth quarter. Boyd had 74 rushing yards on 11carries, and had caught one pass. In three games this season Boyd has 188 rushing yards on 32 attempts, a 5.9 yards per carry average.

Each of South Carolina’s four touchdowns this year were scored by Cory Boyd.

Syvelle Newton set up the second rushing TD with a 28-yard scramble to the Wofford four yard line. At the time it equaled South Carolina’s longest rushing gain of the season, but Boyd topped that with his 40-yard run.

Freshman Moe Brown’s first quarter 15 yard catch was his first pass reception as a Gamecock. Brown also had his first two rushing plays, a 13-yard gain and a two yard loss on end around plays.

Ryan Succop kicked field goals of 42 and 22 yards, his fourth and fifth field goals of the season in six attempts.

The 62-yard second quarter run by Kevious Johnson was the longest run from scrimmage against South Carolina this season. The previous long was 23 yards. Johnson also scored the Wofford touchdown on a one yard run that ended an eight play 80-yard Terrier drive.

Sidney Rice caught seven passes for 151 yards., his seventh career game with more than 100 receiving yards. His receptions included gains of 45, 46 and 33 yards, his three longest receptions the season.

The announced attendance of 74,286 increased South Carolina’s total for two home games to 156,799, an average of 78,400 per game.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Cade Thompson made his first career appearance, briefly in the fourth quarter.

* Wofford head coach Mike Ayers injured his back early Saturday morning while working at his home in Spartanburg. He was pulling a pump out of his back yard when his back went into spasm. He is wearing an electronic stimulation device (TENS unit), and a back brace and has been given anti-inflammatory medicine by team orthopedist Dr. Stephen Kana.

* Backup quarterback Ben Widmyer underwent arthroscopic surgery on his knee on Thursday, Sept. 14 to repair a meniscus. He is expected back for Wofford’s next game, at home against Furman on Sept. 30.

* This was the third-largest crowd to ever witness a Wofford football game since the Terriers played in front of 54,630 at West Virginia Sept. 10, 2005. That contest was also the last time Wofford played a Division I-A opponent.

* Kevious Johnson’s 62-yard run in the second quarter was the second-longest of his career (73-yarder in the season opener vs. S.C. State).

*Kevious Johnson’s 129 yards marked the eighth 100-yard game of his career.

* Travis Boyd made his first collegiate appearance as quarterback completing his only passing attempt.

* Justin Franklin’s interception was his fourth of his career and his first of the season.

* Adrian Young 39-yard scamper on the Terriers’ final possession was the longest carry of his career.

* Kicker Nick Robinson tied a career high with two field goals.

* Dane Romero tallied a career-best 40 yards in receiving yards, including a career long 36-yard reception.

* Linebacker Kevin Adleman had his second straight game with seven tackles, matching a career high.

* Tonight’s game was the third straight contest in which Wofford held the lead in time of possession. The streak includes all three games this season.