Blue-collar offensive player of the week: Brandon Wilds, RB, South Carolina
With Saturday’s national spotlight on Todd Gurley and Mike Davis inside Williams-Brice Stadium, another running back took advantage of the grand stage.
South Carolina’s Brandon Wilds, a Columbia native, averaged 6.6 yards per carry and tallied 92 of his team-high 93 yards in the second half of the Gamecocks’ 38-35 win. The fourth-best single-game output of Wilds’ career included a 24-yard touchdown early in the fourth quarter that provided his team with a 10-point lead.
Much of Wilds’ total came after contact in a gritty performance. Facing a 3rd-and-8 in the final minutes and Georgia in need of a stop, Wilds barreled his way to an 8-yard gain before Dylan Thompson’s keeper on 4th-and-inches seal the victory.
After losing a fumble on his first carry of the contest, Wilds only had two more carries the rest of the opening half. That’s when he turned it up a notch and led his team to victory.