April 14, 2007
Columbia, S.C. –
Cory Boyd scored two first-quarter touchdowns to lead the Black team to a 14-7 win over the Garnet squad in South Carolina’s annual Garnet & Black Spring Game, held in front of a crowd of 35,153 at Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday.
Emanuel Cook intercepted a Blake Mitchell pass on the third play of the game and returned it to the Black 44-yard line. From there, the Black drove 56 yards in 11 plays, including a 23-yard burst by Boyd, setting up his two-yard touchdown run and a 7-0 lead.
After a missed 57-yard field goal from the Garnet’s Ryan Succop, the Black team matriculated 60 yards down the field in eight plays, with Boyd again reaching paydirt, this time from one-yard out, to put the Black on top, 14-0.
The Garnet team, led by senior quarterback Blake Mitchell, finally got on the board midway through the second quarter. They went 88 yards in 13 plays, with Mitchell hitting junior Kenny McKinley in the end zone on a fourth-and-goal play from the one. The key play of the drive was an 18-yard tote by Bobby Wallace.
From there the defenses dominated as neither team mounted much of a scoring threat.
Mitchell finished the afternoon by completing 13-of-39 passes for 150 yards with a pair of interceptions. Redshirt freshman Chris Smelley was 10-for-22 for 83 yards with one interception for the Black squad.
Bobby Wallace was the game’s top rusher, carrying 10 times for the Garnet team for 61 yards. Boyd led the Black team with eight carries for 58 yards and the two touchdowns.
Jared Cook was Mitchell’s top target, hauling in five passes for 66 yards. Freddie Brown paced the Black team with four catches for 30 yards.
The Garnet team outgained the Black squad, 209 yards to 180, as both teams struggled on third downs. The Garnet team was successful on just 3-of-12 third down opportunities, while the Black converted just 2-of-9 third down tries.
Stoney Woodson was the game’s top tackler with seven stops for the Garnet squad. In addition to Emanuel Cook, Darian Stewart and Doug Peterson recorded interceptions in the contest.
The Garnet & Black Spring Game signals the conclusion of the Gamecocks’ spring practices. The squad will return to the practice field in early August, and will open the 2007 season at home on Sept. 1 against Louisiana-Lafayette.