Gamecocks wide receiver Terry Googer OK after scary injury
COLLEGE STATION, TEXAS — South Carolina junior receiver Terry Googer suffered a frightening injury in the first quarter of Saturday’s game at Texas A&M, but was OK afterward.
Googer didn’t appear to be hit but got tangled up with an A&M player while covering a punt. Googer collapsed after the play and didn’t move.
The Texas A&M medical staff immobilized Googer and strapped him to a backboard. As USC team doctor Jeff Guy talked to him while the cart drove him toward the tunnel, Googer gave a thumbs-up.
Googer was moving all extremities, was released from the hospital and made it back to Kyle Field for the end of the game. No details were released on the nature of his injury.
Texas A&M announced in the middle of the first quarter that Kyle Field had a water leak. Fans were asked not to use the restrooms in the stadium and to go to nearby buildings.
It’s the second time in three weeks that there’s been a water problem in a stadium where the Gamecocks are playing. In USC’s home opener against Kentucky, Williams-Brice Stadium lost water pressure to restrooms and concession stands. The water at Kyle was restored in the second quarter.
Will Muschamp announced Thursday that right guard Cory Helms’ ankle didn’t heal enough to allow him to play this week. Helms nor right tackle Zack Bailey (right ankle) traveled. The starting offensive line was once again (left to right): Dennis Daley, Sadarius Hutcherson, Alan Knott, Donell Stanley, Malik Young.
Safety Steven Montac (foot), linebacker Antoine Wilder (hamstring) and defensive end Dante Sawyer (hamstring) traveled. Keir Thomas (in place of Sawyer), D.J. Wonnum, Javon Kinlaw and Taylor Stallworth started on the defensive line.
Freshman defensive back Tavyn Jackson (hamstring) debuted on the dress list.
Young limped off the field favoring his left foot in the first quarter. He was replaced by D.J. Park and did not return to the game.
Running back Ty’Son Williams was shaken up in the second quarter but returned.
Could it be three?
Tennessee’s humiliating 41-0 home defeat to Georgia Saturday increased the drum beats around embattled coach Butch Jones. Buyout figures were already being discussed in the immediate post-game write-ups.
The Volunteers have their bye next week, which would be a natural time to make a change. But if there is no decision, USC could add another pelt to its collection the week after.
If the Gamecocks can mimic what Georgia did to the Vols in Neyland Stadium on Oct. 14, Jones could be the third Tennessee coach to lose his job immediately after losing to the Gamecocks. Johnny Majors (1992) and Majors’ replacement, Phillip Fulmer (2008), were each fired after a loss to USC.
Former USC assistant Ron Cooper is in charge of Texas A&M’s secondary. The Aggies came into the game with the worst pass defense in the SEC, just behind the Gamecocks.
USC super fan Kirk Hollingsworth attended the Texas A&M game. Hollingsworth is scheduled to be at his 300th straight USC game next week against Arkansas at Williams-Brice Stadium.
USC has won the coin toss and elected to receive in every game this season.
Game captains were Jake Bentley, Donell Stanley, Chris Lammons and Jamarcus King.