Monday, October 26, 2009

Vandy v Gamecocks Post-Game Reflections

The Gamecocks' 14-10 win ended a two-game skid against the Commodores and made South Carolina bowl eligible.  South Carolina marched up and down the field, racking up over 400 yards of offense, but failed to score on either of its trips to the red zone.  The Gamecocks also struggled to extend drives, converting on just 6 of 16 3rd downs.  It was not the kind of win we had hoped for but it still counts as a win.  I am gald to get it!  Just hope lots of improvement is made as the schedule does not get any easier from here on out.

LOHD "Hot Dog Hero" of the game
RB Kenny Miles --- notched his second 100-yard rushing performance of the season. The redshirt freshman finished with 102 yards on 18 carries against a good Vanderbilt defense.

Chew on this....
  • Alshon Jeffery had eight catches for 161 yards and one touchdown...P.S. he is a true freshman.
  • Shaq Wilson had double digit tackles again which is a nice change to see a LB lead the team in tackles versus safeties as we’ve seen in years prior.
  • With Saturday night’s win, Spurrier earned his 105th win in the SEC and moved into a tie with Vince Dooley for third all-time. Only Bear Bryant (159) and John Vaught (106) have more.
3 Areas to Focus on in Practice from the LOHD Coaching Box
  1. The offensive line is still struggling. It gave up three sacks against Vanderbilt, and continues to shift around with new personnel.  I do not have the answer on who the right people are up front but just seems to me we settle on one and kinda stick with it.  I for one hate it when my boss is constantly looking over my shoulder and can only imagine the anxiety these guys feel...could be the issue?  Don't get me wrong, I want the best up there and those that want to prove why they play in the SEC but maybe the leash needs not be so tight.
  2. Kickoff Coverage.  I hope this was just a minor setback as the Gamecocks Special Teams had improved so much.  South Carolina allowed its second kickoff return for a touchdown of the season.  No more please.
  3. Play calling.  Spurrier let's see the genius again please b/c lately it has been lackluster.  I know SC is winning but just seems there can be a less painful way.  Open it up a bit.
Next up....
#21 South Carolina (6-2, 3-2 SEC) travels to Tennessee (3-4, 1-3 SEC) on Saturday.

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