The season didn’t end the way we wanted to, but we can still end the year on a high note by reliving the best moments from the 2015 football season. The record may not have reflected much positive change, but these highlights might help. #10, #9, #8, #7, #6, #5
After an offensive onslaught in the first half in Columbia, South Carolina, the Gamecocks’ halftime adjustments were slowly chipping away at Kentucky’s 24-7 lead. Without a win on the road since 2009, “Oh no, not again,” sank into the heads of many, myself included.
The offense couldn’t keep the ball long enough to give the defense a break. With 8:09 left in the game, the defense finally broke, giving up a 33-yard touchdown pass. A 2-point conversion would tie the game at 24. With Pharoh Cooper lined up in the Wildcat, “Well, chalk this one up as a loss,” was on every fans’ mind. But it didn’t end that way.
Cooper took the Wildcat snap to the right, but after receiving push-back at the line of scrimmage, JD Harmon wrapped around Cooper for the strip. Denzil Ware, just a redshirt freshman, was the only one aware enough to see the ball lying on the ground. Ware picked it up and ran it back 95-yards for a critical two points that would make it a four point game. Forced to get it into the end zone, South Carolina had to air it out, leading to the ultimate mistake that ended the game — a Chris Westry interception.
When you think of “playmakers,” Boom Williams is usually the first to come to mind, even though this defense made plenty of plays to carry the team to victory.