COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – Tyler Renew scored the winning touchdown with a 56-yard run up the middle as lower division The Citadel shocked South Carolina 23-22 on Saturday.
The Gamecocks (3-8) hadn’t lost to a Football Championship Subdivision team in 25 years. The Bulldogs (8-3) beat them back then too.
The Citadel stuck to its triple option attack even as it sputtered in the middle of the game. Facing a third-and-1 with just over six minutes to go, the Gamecocks defense overcommitted and Renew scampered for the touchdown.
South Carolina appeared to pull it out on a miracle 94-yard fourth down touchdown to Pharoh Cooper with 44 seconds left, but the officials called a false start, saying all the Gamecocks weren’t set.
It was the first win for an FCS team over a Southeastern Conference team since Jacksonville State beat Mississippi 49-48 in two overtimes in 2010.
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