Gamecocks fall to Notre Dame in TaxSlayer Gator Bowl

South Carolina wide receiver Xavier Legette (17) runs the ball in for a touchdown after a catch...
South Carolina wide receiver Xavier Legette (17) runs the ball in for a touchdown after a catch during the first quarter of the Gator Bowl NCAA college football game against Notre Dame on Friday, Dec. 30, 2022, in Jacksonville, Fla. (AP Photo/Gary McCullough)(Gary McCullough | AP)
Published: Dec. 30, 2022 at 4:30 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 30, 2022 at 7:28 PM EST
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JACKSONVILLE, FL (FOX Carolina) - The Gamecock football team fought hard but came up short seeking their ninth win of the season as they faced Notre Dame in the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl.

South Carolina wasted no time getting the scoring started, with quarterback Spencer Rattler throwing a touchdown to Xavier Leggette on the game’s first drive. Notre Dame responded after recovering a Gamecock fumble and drove down the field to tie the game at 7 halfway through the first quarter.

On the next drive, South Carolina punter Kai Kroger threw a touchdown pass on fourth down to long snapper Hunter Rogers to put the Gamecocks up 14-7. South Carolina defensive back DQ Smith made it a two possession game, returning a Tyler Buchner interception back for a touchdown. At the end of the first quarter, South Carolina led Notre Dame 21-7.

The Irish cut into the Gamecock lead shortly after, hitting a 37 yard field goal to make the score 21-10 in the second quarter. South Carolina responded on their next drive with a field goal of their own, but Notre Dame struck back quickly with a one-play, 75-yard touchdown drive that cut the Gamecock lead to 24-17.

In the third quarter, Tyler Buchner ran 11 yards to score a touchdown, tying the game at 24-all. But South Carolina answered with another touchdown from Xavier Leggette, bringing the game to 31-24.

In the last minute of the third quarter, Buchner completed a pass to Braden Lenzy for a touchdown, tying the game again at 31-all.

In the fourth quarter, Logan Diggs scored a touchdown putting Notre Dame on top for the first time in the game, 38 to 31. South Carolina leveled the game again with an interception and 100-yard pick six from O’Donnell Fortune.

With just over 2 minutes left in the game, Buchner was able to pass to Mitchell Evans who scored a touchdown. The Fighting Irish retook the lead and held on to win the Gator Bowl, 45 to 38.