Sunday, October 04, 2009

USC & SCSU reflections

The gamecocks love to make it interesting don't they?  Most had hoped that Carolina would make quick work of SCSU yesterday and then shift into cruise control.  But the team waited until the second half to get the offense going and allowed the SCSU to linger.  I am glad we won as SCSU is a good team, just wish SC got off to a faster start in the 1st half.  I agree with Spurrier that SCSU will win the MEAC conference.

So what are some good things to take away from this game -
  • Garcia showed a nice touch on many of his 13 completions, but particularly on audibled touchdown throws to Brown in the third quarter.
  • USC Kicker Adam Yates had a "touch back" .... need more of those!
  • USC was good on converting 3rd downs - 7 for 13.
  • Offense seemed balanced, as the ground game rolled up 213 yards while in the air 164 yds gained.
  • Running backs Maddox, Jarvis Giles and Kenny Miles took turns carrying the load Saturday night, and each proved effective. Giles led the way with 74 yards and a 6.7 average per rush while Miles averaged 6.0 yards on 10 carries and Maddox 6.4 yards on seven attempts.
  • Moe Brown stepped up to big and is the 2nd USC receiver to post a 100-yard game this season, grabbing six balls for 100 yards. Brown had touchdown catches of 40 and 9 yards.
Some negative interesting things to build upon before UK -
  • South Carolina, who entered the game leading the SEC in sacks, did not have one against the Bulldogs.  This has to improve going forward.  A good pass rush is essential to USC success.
  • USC TE has to get back into the game, after making 12 catches for 146 yards in his first two games, tight end Weslye Saunders has just two catches in the Gamecocks' last three games and wasn't thrown to Saturday.
  • Dear Moe - no more fumbles, use more "stick'em"
  • Dion LeCron, Barnes and Gurley - step it up!  You guys have been quiet.

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