South Carolina vs. Houston

Network: ESPN
Announcers: Bob Wischusen, Craig James, Doug Flutie
Format: DVD (3 disks)
Quality: 9.5 (Directv Master)
Notes: Commercials edited out... Includes some halftime.

Game Notes

Gamecocks outlast the Cougars for a 44-36 victory.

South Carolina scores 17 straight in the 2nd half to reverse a 28-27 halftime deficit, and then hold on against Houston as the 2 teams combine for 1,039 total yards, including 715 yards through the air. The 2 offenses combined for 28 points in the final 2:53 of the 1st half as they traded scores.

The defenses slowed things down in the 2nd half, but Ryan Succop's 45-yard FG in the 3rd quarter lifts South Carolina to a 3038 lead. Blake Mitchell extends the lead with a pair of 43-yard TD passes to Kenny McKinley in the 4th quarter. Mitchell finishes 19-of-29 for 323 yards and 4 TDs, with McKinley catching 3 for 112 yards, and Sidney Rice pulling in 8 for 139 yards and 1 TD.

Kevin Kolb hits 26-of-39 for 386 yards and 3 TDs, to lead the Cougars. Vincent Marshall catches 9 passes for 201 yards and 2 TDs, including a 77-yarder w/ :11 left in the 1st half.