Nunez leads South Carolina to victory over Central Florida, 31-14

FILE- In tihs Sept. 19, 2015, file photo, South Carolina quarterback Lorenzo Nunez drops back to throw in the second half of an NCAA college football game against Georgia in Athens, Ga. South Carolina will start its third different quarterback Saturday when freshman Lorenzo Nunez takes the field against Central Florida. Nunez replaces Perry Orth, who struggled in a 52-20 loss to Georgia last week after being pressed into duty when a separated shoulder and bruised hip sidelined starter Connor Mitch. (AP Photo/John Bazemore, File)

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Freshman quarterback Lorenzo Nunez threw for two touchdowns and Pharoh Cooper turned a broken play into a 29-yard go-ahead scoring run to rally South Carolina to a much-needed 31-14 victory over UCF on Saturday.

Nunez ran for 123 in his first start while Cooper added a 35-yard TD catch to snap the Gamecocks’ two-game losing streak.

Things looked dire for South Carolina (2-2), which trailed 14-8 and struggled to make critical yards against fired-up UCF (0-4) in the opening half. But behind Nunez, Cooper and linebacker T.J. Holloman’s two interceptions, the Gamecocks turned things around.

After Cooper’s scoring run made it 15-14, Nunez hit tight end Jacob August with a 13-yard touchdown pass. Nunez connected with Cooper on a 35-yard TD later in the period.

Elliott Fry had three field goals, including a career-long 52-yarder to start South Carolina’s scoring.

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