South Carolina defeats UNC 38-21 in Duke’s Mayo Bowl at Bank of America Stadium

The game between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the South Carolina Gamecocks kicked off Thursday at 11:30 a.m.
Fans came out to Bank of America Stadium Thursday morning for the Duke's Mayo Bowl between the Tar Heels and the Gamecocks.
Published: Dec. 30, 2021 at 6:12 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 30, 2021 at 2:55 PM EST
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (WBTV) - The South Carolina Gamecocks defeated the North Carolina Tar Heels by a score of 38-21 in the 2021 Duke’s Mayo Bowl at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte.

More than 45,000 fans packed into the stadium Thursday to watch the two neighboring states compete in football fashion.

With an official attendance of 45,520, fans showed up in full support for their teams in the Duke’s Mayo Bowl.

South Carolina running back Kevin Harris had 182 rushing yards and one touchdown, South Carolina wide receiver Jaheim Bell had five catches for 159 receiving yards and two touchdowns. South Carolina quarterback Dakereon Joyner went 9-for-9 with 160 passing yards and one touchdown.

UNC quarterback Sam Howell finished with 205 passing yards and one touchdown. UNC running back British Brooks had 72 rushing yards with one touchdown.

A recent spike in positive COVID-19 cases had sparked concerns over large gatherings, with some businesses canceling New Year’s celebrations.

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But the Duke’s Mayo Bowl went on as scheduled, The game between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the South Carolina Gamecocks kicked off Thursday at 11:30 a.m.

The Tar Heels and Gamecocks have squared off three times since 2013, and the last two meetings, in 2015 and 2017, were in Bank of America Stadium as part of the Duke’s Mayo Classic kickoff event.

Previously, the two programs did not play in football from 1992 to 2007

The game between the North Carolina Tar Heels and the South Carolina Gamecocks kicks off Thursday at 11:30 a.m.

While the Duke’s Mayo Bowl went on as planned, other bowl games were canceled due to COVID-19. Earlier this week, NC State’s bowl game against UCLA was canceled at the last minute out in San Diego.

However, officials in Charlotte felt confident they could continue with Thursday’s big border battle.

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Bank of America Stadium hosted the teams and fans. Since both schools are relatively close, a fairly packed stadium was expected. Theere was no required proof of vaccination, but all guests and staff had to wear a mask in indoor spaces.

Both teams’ coaches addressed the COVID situation, as did fans.

“We did have a couple positives, which is unfortunate. Nothing to prevent us in playing in the game,” UofSC Coach Shane Beamer said.

“Everyday guys are asking me, ‘Coach, do you think we’re gonna play?’ And I’ve said, ‘Stay safe, don’t get sick and we’ll play,’” UNC Coach Mack Brown said.

“It is what it is. Gotta stay as safe as you possibly can, enjoy everything that we can,” USC fan Jay Ellison said.

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