WATCH: South Carolina defender drops ball before endzone, botching sure touchdown in spectacular fashion

WATCH: South Carolina defender drops ball before endzone, botching sure touchdown in spectacular fashion
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The hardest thing to do in football is to play defense, and it’s even harder to do at the college football level. So, when a defense plays on the ball and has an opportunity to score, the expectation is that he or she should take advantage of it—rather than blow it out completely like the South Carolina Gamecocks did against Troy.

In the first game of the fourth quarter against Troy, South Carolina had the opportunity to drive away the visiting Trojans with a strip sack on the third and ninth days, placing the ball on the ground where it was recovered by the Gamecocks. A Gamecock defensive lineman attempted to return the football, but it was picked up by teammate Jahmar Brown.

Brown ran the ball back into the rest of the way, where he drove the ball out of the end zone. before this crossing the plane. As a result, a touchback was ruled out instead of what should have been a touchdown for the Gamecock, giving Troy the right to return the football.

While that play was flawed enough to upset any coach, the defense compensated for it by holding onto the remaining fourth quarter to maintain a 23–14 victory for the Gamecocks. South Carolina’s victory was sealed in less than 30 seconds when Damani Staley intercepted a pass from Troy quarterback Taylor Powell.

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