"I think it shows the resiliency of our team,'' said Marshall coach Bob Gary. "We've endured. Even playing at home is like playing away. Some guys stepped up. We played a good South Carolina team.
"They've got the seventh-toughest schedule in the country. They're an SEC school playing with SEC money. It's always tough to beat them. It was a big win for us. You've got to take care of things at home and it's not always easy in this league. Things are bouncing our way right now.''
The Herd was on the defensive the entire second half, getting off only three shots while the Gamecocks (4-7-2, 1-4-1) peppered Withrow with 14 scoring attempts.
"We had all the ball, we had all the chances,'' added South Carolina coach Mark Berson. "We had one we thought was in. We had two penalties that we thought were ignored. You've just got to push on through it.''
Withrow said despite the hardship of not having a field to call home this season, the experience has helped the players forge a bond that has led to success on the field.
"It's not easy,'' said Withrow, a Michigan native with roots in Charleston's South Hills. "We knew it was going to be tough. Being on the road's tough, but if you get results you try not to think about it. I thought it would take a while to adjust, sleeping in hotels every other night.
"We had a weeklong trip two weeks ago, but the guys have really rallied around each other. It helped us become more of a team. You're around your core of 18 guys every weekend. That's all you see and know. They become your best friends. That shows on the field. I'll play for a teammate, but I'll die for a friend.''
The Herd will take on Kentucky at 7 p.m. Wednesday in a C-USA contest at Hurricane High. The other Marshall dates with C-USA foes at Hurricane are Oct. 23 (Florida International, 7 p.m.) and Nov. 3 (Central Florida, 7 p.m.).
Reach Tommy R. Atkinson at tatkin...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4811.