Hootie's Rucker catches TD at South Carolina spring game

April 11, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) Hootie and the Blowfish singer Darius Rucker caught a touchdown pass at South Carolina's spring football game Saturday, an annual tradition for Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier.

South Carolina's coach each year calls on a guest receiver to come off the sideline and catch a long ball. This time it was Rucker, the Hootie singer and best-selling country artist and native of Charleston who also attended the school. Rucker caught a perfectly thrown ball from quarterback Connor Mitch at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Backup quarterback Michael Scarnecchia rallied the Black team to a 14-13 victory over the Garnet squad. Scarnecchia completed 10 of 12 passes for 162 yards in the final three quarters, including a 2-yard TD pass to Terry Googer in the final seconds for the winning score. Scarnecchia also had a 2-yard touchdown run.