COLUMBIA - Former Crestwood High School running back Ty'Son Williams was a huge reason for the South Carolina Gamecocks' success against the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers on Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium, a game which the Gamecocks won with …
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COLUMBIA - Former Crestwood High School running back Ty'Son Williams was a huge reason for the South Carolina Gamecocks' success against the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers on Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium, a game which the Gamecocks won with ease, 49-15.
Williams carried the ball 11 times for 82 yards - an average of 7.5 yards per rush with a long of 21 yards - and a touchdown, with one of his carries ending with a hurdle over a Chanticleer defender. Williams also caught a pass for 15 yards.
"I thought Ty'Son had about eight yards a carry; he ran the ball extremely well," South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp said. "We have to have a running back that has instincts and can put his foot in the ground and get north and south. I saw A.J. (Turner), Ty'Son (Williams) and Rico (Dowdle) all do that today."
Dowdle ran for 105 yards on 15 carries and a touchdown for an average of seven yards per carry and a long of 29 yards. He also caught a 22-yard touchdown pass.
"(We've been putting in) a lot of hard work in the summer and in the offseason," Dowdle said. "It felt good to be back out there, (it was my) second game in a long time."
Turner ran the ball twice for 24 yards with a long of 17 yards
"A lot was opened up; you could see a lot more holes," Dowdle said. "In the offseason, the offensive linemen put in a lot of work that we are expecting to see throughout the season."
Running back Slade Carroll also got in on the action late in the fourth quarter, rushing four times for 46 yards.
Junior running back Mon Denson did not play.
"All of us have the potential to go out there, all of us can produce," Dowdle said. "It's very nice knowing you have guys that can come in and do the same thing and make plays. It's nice having that rotation."
Coastal Carolina head coach Joe Moglia was impressed with South Carolina's offense in general.
"They did a good job moving the ball and when they needed a big play, they made a big play," Moglia said. "Part of that is their athleticism."
The Gamecocks look to keep up this impressive ground attack against a much tougher Georgia defense on Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium in the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams. The Bulldogs, who won the Southeastern Conference title last season before losing to Alabama in the national championship game, are ranked third in the country.
Last season, the Bulldogs only allowed 126 rush yards per game and forced their opponents to lose a total of 384 yards on the ground.
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