Scouting the Gamecocks’ next opponent: Wofford

November 11, 2012 


RANKING: No. 13 in FCS poll

SERIES: USC leads 18-4

LAST YEAR: The teams have not played since the 2008 season, when the Gamecocks won 23-13. The Terriers also kept things close in a 27-20 loss to USC in 2006. Wofford won the first three meetings between the schools, but the Terriers’ last win in the series was in 1917.

COACH: Mike Ayers. In his 25th season guiding the Wofford program, Ayers is the winningest coach in school history with a record of 170-113-1. The four-time Southern Conference coach of the year has guided the Terriers to seven playoffs appearances.

QUICK TAKE: Wofford needed overtime to defeat Chattanooga, 16-13, over the weekend, with the win earning the Terriers a share of the SoCon championship for the fourth time — and the third in the past five seasons. They have a 6-2 SoCon record. Senior fullback Eric Breitenstein rushed for 132 yards on 28 carries and scored the game-winner in overtime. Wofford had 249 total yards on offense, with 215 on the ground. The Terriers, who have finished in the top seven nationally in rushing for 15 straight seasons, average 357 ypg. on the ground.

TERRIER YIPS: On senior fullback Eric Breitenstein’s second carry of the Chattanooga game, he ran for 41 yards to break the school’s all-time rushing record. He stands at 5,223 career rushing yards, which surpasses former quarterback Shawn Graves at 5,128 yards in the school record book. Breitenstein also put up his 29th career 100-yard rushing game, a figure that ranks third in SoCon history.

S.C. CONNECTIONS: There are 27 South Carolinians on Wofford’s roster, including senior linebacker Anthony Carden (Lexington).


FB ERIC BREITENSTEIN: The 5-11, 230-pound senior has rushed for 1,528 yards and 15 touchdowns. He remains in the running for SoCon offensive player of the year, an award he won in 2011. He also is a two-time FCS All-American.

LB ALVIN SCIONEAUX: The 6-2, 215-pound junior has compiled 47 tackles — 7.5 for loss — with four sacks. He led Wofford last season with 85 tackles to earn first-team All-SoCon honors.

OT JAKE MILES: The 6-3, 274-pound senior helps clear the way for Wofford’s wingbone attack. He leads a veteran offensive line that has paved the way for one of the nation’s top FCS rushing attacks.

LB MIKE MCCRIMON: The 6-3, 220-pound junior is a three-year starter who leads the team with 56 tackles.

Compiled by Neil White

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