Spencer Rattler and South Carolina took a statement 31-24 lead over Notre Dame mid-way through the third quarter in Friday night’s Gator Bowl.

Facing 2nd and 11 with the game tied at 24, Rattler dropped back, escaped pressure and somehow made a ridiculously accurate throw to Xavier Legette for a 42-yard touchdown. The catch was initially called a touchdown, and it was upheld after the review. There wasn’t enough definitive evidence that Legette’s foot was out of bounds to overturn the call on the field.

Instead, Rattler’s pass — and Legette’s catch — was ruled a touchdown.

The Gamecocks have used trick plays throughout the game; however, that strike from Rattler was the old-fashioned way. South Carolina also recorded a pick-6 in the first half.

The Gamecocks lead the Irish 31-24 with just over 7 minutes left in the third quarter.