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    Welcome everyone to your one stop shop for all things Garnet and Black. We will update after every game or as any big time Gamecock news hits the wire.
     
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    All previous negativity coming in to this football season has evaporated as the #16 Gamecocks took down the #12th ranked Georgia Bulldogs in Athens.

    True freshman JD Osborn had a phenomenal first game, looking deadly accurate even on the run. He finished 10 for 13 tossing 243 yards and 2 TDs. He also showed Carolina fans what he can do with his legs, taking an option run 18 yards for a score.

    The running game didn't see too much success as the running back by committee is still in place. Erik Abrams and Sam Casey accounted for just under 100 yards and a score.

    The game ball was given to WR Matt Ryan, who caught 4 catches for 168 yards and three scores. Coach Wims was impressed by Ryans determination to reach the endzone, and hinted that we would see more from the junior wideout.

    South Carolina Gamecocks 38
    Georgia Bulldogs 17

    The Gamecocks open their season at home next week against the juggernaut Alabama Crimson Tide.
     
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    The Gamecocks hoped their home opener against perennial juggernaut Alabama would shed some light on how this season would unfold.

    Mother Nature was certainly going to be a factor in the game with high winds and torrential rain.

    1st Quarter
    The experienced Crimson Tide looked startled right out of the gate, punting after 3 straight negative rushes. After a Carolina 3 and out, the Alabama punt returner got absolutely crushed by second string SS Jon Webb, who scooped and scored for the first points of the game. Bama came back and quieted the crowd with a methodical 70 yard 10+ play drive capped off by an 8 yard td to the flats.
    South Carolina 7
    Alabama 7

    2nd Quarter
    Freshman Qb JD Osborn came out slinging in the second quarter, leading the Gamecocks on back to back scoring drives. Osborn showed off all his talents, including an electrifying scramble on 3rd and 8 that got the Gamecock faithful off their feet. Down 2 scores, the Crimson Tide felt their backs against the wall. Luckily Randy Moss's son burned the USC secondary for a 44 yard score, bringing the tide within 7.
    South Carolina 21
    Alabama 14

    3rd quarter
    Fairly uneventful until Bama connected on a 15 yard post to their slot receiver to tie the game.
    South Carolina 21
    Alabama 21

    4th Quarter
    The Gamecocks scored a quick field goal at the start of the quarter. Down only three, Nick Saban decided to go for it on 4th and two from the USC 28 yard line. Linebacker of the year Shawn Golden made him wish he chose otherwise, lighting up the fullback in the back field, causing a fumble which USC returned all the way to the 15 yard line. On the next play, Sam Casey broke into the endzone for 6. Bama, out of whack, stumbled in the red zone only getting a field goal. Up 7 with just over 2 minutes to go, coach wims told Osborn to slow the game down. Wims obviously forgot about Bamas disgusting dline and was forced to punt at the 2 minute mark. Revitalized by, their d, Bama came out swinging, tying the game with a minute left on regulation. BUT, they left too much time on the clock. Only a freshman, Osborn looked like a a 10 year NFL vet, completing 4 straight passes and setting up the 5 yard Sam Casey td to win the game.

    South Carolina 38
    Alabama 31

    The Gamecocks look forward to next week, as the first big 12 opponent ever will enter Williams Brice Stadium, Nebraska.
     
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    The first user v user game of the season was an instant classic, as the Nebraska Cornhuskers travelled to Columbia to take on the South Carolina Gamecocks.

    Rather than a traditional write up ill just give my personal highlights.

    Nebraska dominated the first quarter except for a crucial red zone interception.

    Dropped passes were key in the first half for the Gamecocks, letting nearly 75 yards slip through their fingers.

    Nebraskas return game was huge, tallying a 150+ yards and a back breaking td at the opening of that second half.

    By far the biggest play of the game was a fumble by Carolinas hb (who will never touch the the rock again) when the Gamecocks had a chance to take the lead for the first time.

    Freshmen phenom JD Osborn was unconscious, throwing for nearly 400 yards and three tds. Osborn was visibly angry during the first half after every dropped pass.

    South Carolina 26
    Nebraska 28
     
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    My apologies to everyone for being slack with write-ups. I've been busy this week with my first week of classes.

    BUTTTTTT anyways

    I'll have a breakdown of my week 4 matchup with Vandy when it concludes.
     
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    The #12 ranked South Carolina Gamecocks came out swinging against Vanderbilt with a TD on the opening kickoff of the game. The Gamecocks never looked back, defeating the SEC East cellar dwellers 52-20.

    South Carolina Stats

    Stephen Garcia: 11-18 for 184 yards 1 TD 1 INT and 6 rushes for 68 yards.
    Marcus Lattimore: 26 for 189 3 TDs
    Alshon Jeffery: 4 for 76
    CC Whitlock: 6 TKLS 1 INT 1 FR 1 TD

    Coach Wims Quotes:

    "I thought we looked good out there. To be honest it felt like we held a clinic out there. But hell, it's Vanderbilt."

    On being asked where he thinks his team needs to improve the most;

    "Run D. Pathetic. We've got three monsters on the D-line and we're still giving up big runs for no reason. Makes no sense. I want to see someone step up next week."

    Next week the Gamecocks take on the defending National Champions, the #10 Auburn Tigers at Williams-Brice Stadium.
     
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    In a rematch of the last year's SEC Championship game, the #8 Auburn Tigers came to Columbia looking for the same outcome as last years penultimate game. The #10 Gamecocks were looking to avoid a third straight loss to the Tigers and elimination from a possible National Championship bid.

    The first quarter showed both teams had something to prive. The defenses came out strong, causing 2 three and outs to start the game. On Auburn's second drive of the game, Sophomore Mike Dyer showed why he is an elite player, tallying 73 yards on two long runs that brought the Tigers down to the red zone. Ontario McCalebb took over from there, pushing his way into the endzone. The elation from the Tiger's bench was quickly hushed when team doctor's diagnosed QB Barrett Trotter with a concussion that would keep him out of the remainder of the game. Moments later, Senior QB Stephen Garcia connected with Biletnikoff award front-runner Alshon Jeffery on a 59 yard TD pass. Auburn's backup QB Clint Moseley looked nervous, going three and out on the next drive. The Tiger's punter got off a short punt, which for the Gamecocks would have meant great field positioning. But Stephon Gilmore saw something in the D and cut it back to the opposite field and shred a tackler before diving into the endzone for a 62 yard TD return.

    The second quarter was a showcase again for both defenses as SC continued to get pressure on inexperienced QB Clint Moseley. Offensively, USC didn't do much until Marcus Lattimore bruised his way into the endzone to make it 21-7 at the half.

    The third quarter played out almost identically to the third, as the Gamecocks played much more conservatively because of the D's dominance. But yet again, SC would find a way to score late when QB Stephen Garcia broke off and scrambled 33 yards into the endzone.

    Auburn would make a late run however, possibly due to the offenses conservatism. With three minutes left, star TE Philip Lutzendouche caught a 10 yard post that brought the Tigers back within two scores. Somehow Auburn recovered the onside kick. But any hope of a comeback flew out the window when Player of the Game Stephon Gilmore came in unblocked and decked Clint Moseley, causing a fumble that was recovered by LB Rodney Paulk.

    South Carolina 28
    Auburn 14

    SC Stats:
    Stephen Garcia 7-19 113 yards 1 TD 1 INT and 8 rushing attempts for 60 yards and a TD
    Marcus Lattimore 27 for 125 and a TD
    Alshon Jeffery 3 Rec for 98 yards and a TD
    Aldrick Fordham 6 Tackles 3 sacks
    Stephon Gilmore 6 Tackles 2 for loss 1 Sack 1 FF 92 punt return yards and a TD

    Quotes from Coach Wims

    "It felt great to go out there and beat up on Auburn. After last year, I can't even stand hearing their name. I'm pleased our D-Line stepped up to the challenge I set last week. Their QB's just looked terrified before every snap. I mean, hell, how many sacks we end up with? 8? Felt like a lot more. Anyways, we're looking ahead to next week against Kentucky. And by looking ahead, I mean looking ahead to just *EXPLETIVE* them all over the field.


     
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    2012 South Carolina Gamecocks
    #5 Preseason AP
    3 Preseason All Americans
    4 Preseason All SEC

    Offensive Overview: With the key losses of Alshon Jeffery and Stephen Garcia, the Gamecocks look to build around a strong core of young, speedy players.
    Quarterbacks: JR QB Connor Shaw looks to finally claim his spot in Carolina history as the true starting QB after being held to clean-up duty throughout last year. Quick and athletic, Shaw definitely has the ability to make plays on the ground, but his decision making skills and pocket presence are questionable. Look for redshirt freshman Tanner McEvoy to see some playing time.
    Running Backs: No other team in the country can lay claim to the best RB in the nation other than South Carolina. Junior Marcus Lattimore is on pace to break every school record this year and won't stop there. Although early, Lattimore sits on top of the Heisman race.
    Wideouts: This year, the Gamecocks have one of their deepest ever WR corps. Laden with speed, this group might not have a standout like Alshon Jeffery but it does have immense talent and athleticism. Look for some big plays down the field.
    Tight end: Justice Cunningham returns as the starting TE for USC. He looks to improve last year in both blocking and receiving.
    Offensive Line: The Carolina Oline is the unit with the biggest question mark. The group is all sophomores and freshman aside from the leader and team captain TJ Johnson. The oline should be able to open up some holes for Lattimore, but pass protection will be a focus throughout the season.

    Defensive Overview: Last year, the Gamecock defense swarmed to the ball and was in the top tier in the country. This season, Ellis Johnson's unit thinks they can top it.
    Defensive Line: I'm calling it now. This is the best DL in the country. Lead by senior Devin Taylor, this line has depth at every position and star talent. After redshirting his first year on campus, former number one HS prospect Jadeveon Clowney looks to be ready for the spotlight. Coming off a huge year, DT Aldrick Fordham looks to mentor RS Freshmen Kelcy Quarles and Phillip Dukes into the next wave of QB Nightmares.

    Linebackers: A senior heavy group, this is the last chance for this unit to prove their mettle.
    Secondary: Another young unit, this group is lead by DJ Swearinger and Devonte Holloman. They look to capitalize on the pressure applied by the DL and not give up any long balls.
    Kicking: Kids got a big leg, can't remember his name though.
    Returners: Shifty speedsters Damiere Byrd and Bruce Ellington look to electrify the team in the return game.


     
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    After a crushing loss to UNC, the Gamecocks looked to get back in the win column against SEC rival Georgia.

    I'll be honest, this was a pretty crazy game. I put myself in a hole early down 14-0 after a pick six by Connor Shaw.

    Shaw was knocked out of the game and for at least the next month after a vicious sack by a UGA defender. Down 21-7 with less than 2 minutes left in the half and in a hostile environment, it looked as though the Gamecocks hopes for the season were crushed. But RS Freshman Tanner McEvoy answered the prayers of Gamecock Nation. He connected with Ace Sanders on a PA fake for a TD. Then the USC D stepped up in a big way and stuffed the UGA offense who could have ran out the half with one first down. Instead, UGA had to punt and it was downed at the 2. With 35 seconds left in the half and backed up in his own end zone, Heisman Trophy Candidate Marcus Lattimore put the team on his back and burst through the DL and beat the UGA safeties in a footrace for six points and a tie going into the half.

    After that, UGA stood no chance. USC would go on to score 35 unanswered points and put the game in their back pocket.

    South Carolina 66
    Georgia 28

    South Carolina Stats:
    Connor Shaw: 4-8 81 yards 1 TD 1 INT (Left game in first quarter. Out for 5 weeks min.)
    Tanner McEvoy: 8-15 213 yards 3 Total TDs (One Rushing)

    Marcus Lattimore: 22 Rushes for 302 Yards 2 TDs
    Shon Carson: 4 Rushes for 108 Yards 2 TDs
    Damiere Byrd 3 Rec for 111 Yards and 1 TD
     
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