Colombia, SC Kevin Harris ran twice, South Carolina turned three interceptions by Bo Knicks into points to defeat Auburn No. 15 for the first time in 87 years with a 30-22 win on Saturday.
The Tigers (2-2 Southeastern Conference) had won eight straight goals in the series and jumped to a 9-0 lead in the first 10 minutes. But the Knicks, the second-year midfielder, threw three picks and Gamecocks (2-2) got paid every time for winning back-to-back games for the first time in over a year.
Shi Smith had eight grabs including a TD 10-yard snatch mid-third quarter and put South Carolina ahead forever, 20-19.
Auburn was driving the next series when the Knicks threw his third interception – the second to corner back Jesse Horn who brought the ball down the left sideline to 8. Harris was in the finish area later to lead 27-19 Auburn couldn’t recover.
The Tigers closed 30-22 to Anders Carlson’s 22-yard goal with a 6:39 left. Auburn grabbed the ball again with a 2:15 left and headed for South Carolina 13. Nevertheless, Knicks was called in for deliberate grounding in an attempt to avoid sack and the Gamecocks stuck to defeating the Tigers for the first time since 1933.
South Carolina has not won consecutive games since defeating Kentucky and then no. 3 Georgia last season. This win over the Bulldogs was the last time Gamecocks beat a ranked opponent.
Auburn’s attack seemed unstoppable in the first half and doubled South Carolina on the yards (243-119) in the first 30 minutes – except when the Knicks put the ball in danger.
The Knicks were an 8 of 14 for 94 yards on the Tigers’ first two thrusts for a 9-0 lead.
But the Knicks did cast a triple coverage in the following series and it was chosen by Horn, son of future NFL Joe Horn.
After five plays, Harris ran for TD 4 yards to tighten things up.
Once again, Auburn regained his edge – and Knicks found Seth Williams on the 44-yard lane for his longest tiger throw of the year – with Tank Bigspee on a 2-yard touchdown trajectory to rise 16-7.
Once again, Knicks’ interception – this time by Jaylene Dickerson – led Gamecocks back in as Hill finished 11 games with a one-yard drive.
The Knicks were passing 272 yards. He has also been fired three times.
Bigby, Auburn’s freshman, had pushed 111 yards and crossed the century mark for the second match in a row.
Auburn: Tigers have some offensive issues. Nicks had only thrown one interception a season prior to him being here. Knicks and recipient Seth Williams looked out for some quarrelsome words on the sidelines in the third quarter.
South Carolina: If Gamecocks feel good about defeating Vanderbilt last week, they’ll be totally excited for this seeded win before heading to LSU to take on the defender – and fighter – the National Champions next week.
Auburn at Ole Miss on Saturday.
South Carolina goes to LSU on Saturday night.
More AP College Football: https://apnews.com/Collegefootball and https://twitter.com/AP_Top25
Copyright 2020 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.