Zeb Noland’s performed greater than sufficient soccer to be prepared when known as on and cherish the moments of success. The former graduate assistant did each to rally South Carolina to its first Southeastern Conference win in additional than 12 months.

Noland entered on the Gamecocks’ closing drive and led a 75-yard landing drive, connecting with Xavier Legette on a 9-yard scoring cross with 37 seconds left for a 21-20 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday evening.

“It’s surreal,” the 24-year-old Noland mentioned. “I told you guys, I thought I’d never put on the pads again. I wasn’t sure I’d ever get this opportunity again.”

But there was Noland, calm and assured, main South Carolina (4-3, 1-3 SEC) to snap its nine-game shedding streak towards convention opponents.

“Shout out to Zeb. He’s a GOAT,” tight finish Jaheim Bell mentioned. “He stepped up big time.”

Gamecocks coach Shane Beamer mentioned Noland got here in when Luke Doty was feeling some soreness in a foot damage he sustained this summer time at apply. Noland began the primary three video games earlier than Doty took over in the course of a 40-13 loss to Georgia final month. Noland hadn’t performed since then.

Noland’s message within the huddle was easy: “Keep me clean. I got you. That’s what I said, and let’s roll.”

Noland acquired the Gamecocks rolling with a 29-yard cross to tight finish Nick Muse to get into Vanderbilt territory.

He had completions of 15 yards to Josh Vann and 21 yards to Dakereon Joyner to the Commodores’ 9. On Noland’s successful throw, Legette ran to the again of the top zone and acquired open for the successful rating.

Parker White made the additional level to ship Vanderbilt, which held a 20-14 lead with lower than two minutes left, to its sixteenth straight loss towards SEC opponents.

Commodores first-year coach Clark Lea mentioned his staff was upset and hurting in regards to the loss. “But there will be points we’ll build on for sure,” he mentioned.

Noland shouldn’t be frightened about when he’ll play once more, nearly ensuring he does what he can to be staff and put together Doty or anybody within the qu arterback room for the following sport.

Noland started his faculty profession at Iowa State, shifting on to North Dakota State the place he was a teammate of San Francisco 49ers passer Trey Lance earlier than accepting Beamer’s supply to affix the workers right here.

Noland was satisfied to place the pads again on when Doty harm his foot this previous August.

It appeared just like the Commodores could be those celebrating after Joseph Bulovas hit a 28-yard discipline objective with 1:36 to go for a 20-14 lead. Vanderbilt’s protection had held South Carolina scoreless for almost 49 minutes.

But Noland gave South Carolina the winning spark and Beamer his first SEC victory since taking on this system final December.

Vanderbilt quarterback Mike Wright threw for 206 yards together with a 52-yard landing cross to Will Sheppard for a 17-14 lead within the third quarter that held up till the ultimate seconds.

Vanderbilt broke its season-long scoring drought towards the SEC with Bulovas’ 42-yard discipline objective within the opening quarter. The Commodores added their first TD in league play when Rocko Griffin Jr. ran in from a yard out to make the most of a South Carolina fumble and reduce the result in 14-10.

Bell completed with six catches for 136 yards for South Carolina.

THE TAKEAWAY

Vanderbilt: The Commodores appeared near getting the SEC monkey off their backs. They had held robust all through, however could not forestall Noland from driving South Carolina to the successful rating. They’ll subsequent attempt to finish the streak towards Mississippi State.

South Carolina: The Gamecocks offense and coordinator Marcus Satterfield have come beneath heavy hearth the previous few video games. They trailed at Tennessee 35-0 within the opening half and had been booed at Williams-Brice Stadium because the offensive errors and penalties piled up. This end result will solely have followers calling on a quarterback change going ahead.

MISSING PLAYERS

While Vanderbilt was with out injured beginning quarterback Ken Seals, South Carolina was additionally minus a number of key gamers in beginning proper deal with Dylan Wonnum and receiver Jalen Brooks. Gamecocks’ reserve tailback JuJu McDowell was additionally listed as “unavailable.”

COL. ZEBULIAH

Noland has been honored on Twitter as Col. Zebuliah Noland, the place he is seen in a Civil War outfield in a sepia coloured photograph and writes dispatches house to his mom from the entrance strains of South Carolina video games. Noland mentioned he enjoys the account and is hoping to have T-shirts made up. “It’s good,” he mentioned.

UP NEXT

Vanderbilt begins a three-game homestand towards Mississippi State subsequent Saturday.

South Carolina travels to Texas A&M subsequent Saturday evening.