Wofford coach Mike Ayers had the same winning expectations coming into No. 12 South Carolina as he does each week in the Southern Conference. His disappointment at losing is also just as huge.
Ayers said his Terriers (8-3) came in planning for victory and nearly pulled it off until the Gamecocks' 17-point fourth quarter led to a 24-7 win on Saturday.
''If we don't turn it over and take care of the ball, then the other side may be a little sad,'' Ayers said. ''Loved the effort of the kids.''
Wofford outrushed and outgained South Carolina (9-2) in this one, yet still left with its 16th straight loss in the series.
The game was tied at 7-all in the fourth when things starting going the Gamecocks' way. Adam Yates hit a 23-yard tiebreaking field goal for a 10-7 lead with 11:57 to go. Then Breitenstein was stopped on 4th-and-1 from Wofford's 34 to turn the ball over.
Less than 2 minutes later, Connor Shaw made the Terriers pay for the gamble with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Ace Sande...