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South Carolina Tops Houston in Liberty Bowl, 44-36

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AP - Defensive end Jordin Lindsey came up with two turnovers for a defense that made the stops that mattered most, and South Carolina beat Houston 44-36 in the Liberty Bowl on Friday for its first bowl victory under Spurrier.

"I still believe our defense can play a lot better," Spurrier said. "We got out of position in the first half. But to hold Houston to eight points was a very good defensive effort in the second half."

Lindsey, who intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble that set up 13 points, said they knew they had to turn up the pressure or endure Spurrier's wrath.

"Basically, we were told to, or we would know what would happen. So we turned it up," Lindsey said.

Blake Mitchell tied a bowl record by throwing four touchdown passes, Cory Boyd ran for two more TDs as the Gamecocks (8-5) finished Spurrier's second season with their best record since going 9-3 in 2001.

Read more about the game here.

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