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Sidebar: Kicker Parker White breaks USC's all-time scoring record in final game

<p>Redshirt senior kicker Parker White kicks a field goal in a game against Vanderbilt. White broke USC's all-time scoring record with a field goal in the Duke's Mayo Bowl.</p>

Redshirt senior kicker Parker White kicks a field goal in a game against Vanderbilt. White broke USC's all-time scoring record with a field goal in the Duke's Mayo Bowl.

Redshirt senior kicker Parker White etched his name into Gamecock lore as he broke South Carolina's all-time scoring record during the Duke's Mayo Bowl on Thursday. 

With time winding down in the first quarter, White drilled a 30-yard field goal to break Elliot Fry's previous record of 359 points. Fry was a kicker for the Gamecocks from 2013 to 2016. 

"(I'm) really happy for Parker, he's a really good kicker and has been great for USC," Fry said on Twitter. "He's worked really hard these last 5 years, I've kicked with him every off-season and consider him a close friend."

White trailed Fry by 69 points at the beginning of this season. In the 13 games since, White scored 78 points, bringing him to a career total of 368 points.  

White said he knew it was time to make history once the Gamecocks weren't able to convert on a third-and-11 play towards the end of the first quarter. 

"Had a little bit of a high snap there, but the best holder in America (Kai Kroeger) corralled it, got it down and left it there for me to just do my job," White said in a postgame press conference. "I mean, I was thinking about it. It was a great moment to celebrate — but didn't want to get too excited until the game was over and we had won."

In his sixth season at South Carolina, White has been nothing short of excellent; he has made 30 of 30 extra point attempts and 17 of 19 field goal tries in 2021. 

Following the historic kick, White went on to make field goals from 22 and 33 yards in the fourth quarter. He was 3-for-3 on field goal attempts and 3-for-3 on extra point tries in this game. 

The Mount Pleasant, South Carolina native closed out his collegiate career by making 72 of 94 field goals and 152 of 154 extra points. 

"There's no better way, really, this could have ended. You can't make this up," White said. "Breaking the record in the last game, cut it a little close there, but was still able to pull it through. It's a storybook ending. I mean, it's pretty incredible."


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