Reserve quarterback Mike Hold scrambled for a 33-yard go-ahead touchdown and sneaked for another score to help 11th-ranked South Carolina defeat Notre Dame, 36-32, yesterday in South Bend, Ind., extending the Gamecocks' school-record single-season win streak to six games.
"Exciting," said Carolina Coach Joe Morrison. "Taking Georgia, Pittsburgh and Notre Dame in one year is damn exciting."
South Carolina's 6-0 start is the best in the school's history. Notre Dame (3-4) lost its third straight home game for the first time since 1956.
Notre Dame outgained South Carolina, 415 yards to 337.
Hold played most of the second half and led the Gamecocks from a 12-point deficit, completing five of nine passes for 67 yards and running 15 times for 72 yards.
The Fighting Irish ended a 14-14 second-quarter tie with John Carney's 48- and 47-yard field goals, less than four minutes apart.
Quinton Lewis' fumble recovered by Mike Gann gave Notre Dame the ball at the Gamecocks' 14. Four plays later, running back Allen Pinkett threw a six-yard scoring pass to quarterback Steve Beuerlein to make it 26-14. A conversion run failed.
Hold rallied Carolina with a 73-yard drive he finished with a one-yard run. A two-point conversion made it 26-22 with 14:11 to play. Five minutes later, Hold scrambled 33 yards for a 29-26 lead.