Quarterback Kelly Lowery and tailback Greg Allen led 12th-ranked Florida State to victory yesterday afternoon as the Seminoles overpowered South Carolina, 56-26, in Columbia, S.C.
Allen, who scored four touchdowns, rushed for 94 yards. Lowery completed 14 of 24 pass attempts for 269 yards and two touchdowns. Backup Blair Williams completed seven of 15 for 168 yards and a touchdown in the second half of the Seminoles' seventh win in eight games. The Gamecocks dropped to 3-6.
Florida State linebacker Tommy Young's interception of a Gordon Beckham pass at the Seminole 35-yard line set up the first score. The Seminoles ended a five-play drive with a touchdown by wide receiver Tony Johnson on a pass by Lowery from the Gamecock 18.
South Carolina tied the score at 7 late in the first quarter on a seven-yard carry by running back Thomas Dendy and a kick by Mark Fleetwood, but the game went the Seminoles' way from there on.
"This was a great disappointment, a great frustration," said first-year South Carolina Coach Richard Bell. "I've never been part of a score like this one. I hurt for the players. The first guy to take responsibility is me."