SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS FOOTBALL
The rain continued to fall as South Carolina's offense failed to move the ball in the second half. Jake Bentley continued to trot when Will Muschamp missed neither the offensive start quarterback nor the offensive line in the second half.
"The ball handling was horrible. They loaded the box in the running game and forced us to throw the football. We felt like we were in this situation, we could have snapped some other boys, but at the end of the day we did not care about the ball. That bothered me.
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The Gamecocks were 25 seconds ahead of a 25-point lead in the first half to 28-3.
They did not score points in the second half, but during the game they certainly had a chance to get the score out of reach and to win some younger players or senior quarterback Michael Scarnecchia in his last home game.
Jake Bentley threw two red interceptions of the red zone, and the Gamecocks also lost two problems.
Overall, the Gamecocks played nine players out of the starting offense, but the only non-skill reserve player was Chandler Farrell, who came into play because of an injured Zack Bailey.
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Bentley also played every offensive snapshot without any other quarterback taking a snapshot.
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"If I did not turn the ball over in the red zone and get more touchdowns, it would probably have been different and we would have got Scar in there," Bentley said. "But since it was 28-3, we had to take care of the ball."
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The Gamecocks (7-5, 4-4 SEC) After a stagnant second half in which they were suspended, they defeated the Zips 28: 3. It was the second time this season that they did not score in a half-time goal to turn the ball twice after the break.
"They are a good football team, we knew they would come in here," Bentley said. "I wish we had played better, but we were all ready to play the whole game."