South Carolina’s second season under Shane Beamer ended in disappointing fashion Friday, but the head coach sees progress heading into Year 3.

The Gamecocks end 2022 with an 8-5 record after falling 45-38 to Notre Dame in the Gator Bowl. Beamer’s squad had an early double-digit lead on Notre Dame, but the Irish came on strong in the second half as the Gamecocks started to fade.

After the game, an emotional Beamer said he was proud of his team after the heartbreaking loss. Beamer noted that his team expects to win when it comes up with 2 defensive scores. The Gamecocks had a pair of pick-6s in the game.

Like many teams, South Carolina did not have a full roster for the bowl game. Beamer noted the Gamecocks were down 12 players from the regular-season finale against Clemson to Friday’s bowl game.

The Gamecocks were also without their usual offensive play-caller. Beamer said it was a team effort Friday, with Freddie Kitchens and Nick Coleman leading the way.

Those items and more were shared by reporters in Jacksonville: