BLACKSBURG, VA., SEPT. 22 -- Bobby Fuller passed South Carolina to a 35-24 victory over Virginia Tech today, bringing the Gamecocks back from a 24-13 deficit in the last 7:20.

"That's got to be one of the biggest turnarounds I've seen in a long time," South Carolina Coach Sparky Woods said. "I'm very proud of our football team."

The Gamecocks comeback began when Fuller, who passed for 251 yards and two touchdowns, hit running back Mike Dingle over the middle for an eight-yard touchdown. Down 24-19, South Carolina decided to go for the two-point conversion. Fuller brought the Gamecocks to 24-21 with a pass to wide receiver Robert Brooks.

Following a touchback on the kickoff, Virginia Tech fumbled the first snap which South Carolina's Gerald Dixon pounced on, giving the Gamecocks first down at the Hokies 19-yard line. After a rush for no gain and a seven-yard sack, Fuller struck again. Against man-to-man coverage, wide receiver Eddie Miller slanted inside and Fuller found him for the 25-yard go-ahead touchdown.

"We just let it get away from us," Virginia Tech quarterback Will Furrer said. "Give South Carolina credit for coming back, but we just didn't get the job done. It's just a matter of performance. . . . {The fumble} just came at the wrong time."

Virginia Tech took the lead late in the first quarter. The first score came on third down and 12 when Furrer threw a 24-yard scoring pass to sophmore tailback Vaughn Hebron. In the second quarter, Virginia Tech went up, 14-0. Finishing off an 11-play, 73-yard drive was Furrer's play action pass to fullback Phil Bryant from three yards on another third down.

South Carolina came back and scored on its next possession but the Gamecocks needed six plays from inside the 10.

In the second half, the Gamecocks used a 33-yard pass to Eddie Miller from Fuller to set up a one yard Dingle rush to make it 14-13. Dingle set a South Carolina record with four touchdowns. Collin Mackey came in to attempt his school record 94th consecutive extra point for South Carolina, but for the second time in the game, John Rivers' deflection ended Mackey's streak.