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There were a few other performances that needed to be mentioned from the 2011 season.
Here are some of those:
Defense against Vanderbilt—It was an overall defensive performance against Vanderbilt as the Gamecocks shut down the Commodores to 77 total yards of offense in a 21-3 victory. It was one of the more impressive defensive performances of the season.
Connor Shaw against Kentucky—Shaw's first "real" start at quarterback for the Gamecocks was impressive. He threw for 311 yards on 26-of-39 passing with four touchdowns and no interceptions. He also added 42 rushing yards as well.
Defense against Kentucky—The defense's performance against Kentucky was similar to what they did against Vanderbilt. South Carolina held Kentucky to 96 total yards and it was another dominating performance from the South Carolina defense.
Antonio Allen against East Carolina—Allen put his name on the map in the East Carolina game with 16 total tackles, two forced fumbles and one fumble returned for a touchdown.
Defense against Tennessee—Knoxville may not be the same team as it used to be but the Gamecocks performance at Neyland Stadium was one of their best of the season. South Carolina held Tennessee to 186 total yards of offense and forced two turnovers in the red zone as well.
Brandon Wilds against Tennessee—The true freshman had a tough task replacing Marcus Lattimore in the lineup but Wilds was up to the challenge. He rushed for 137 yards on 28 carries and become a force for the Gamecocks over the next few games.
Connor Shaw against The Citadel—Shaw rushed 90 yards and one touchdowns and threw for 217 yards and three touchdowns as USC pulled away to beat The Citadel, 41-20.
South Carolina had some great individual performances this year, but you win or lose as team and plenty of times this year had the Gamecocks coming together as a team.
2011 was a great season and one that will be remembered for many years to come.
These performances are just a few of the reasons why South Carolina was successful and why they have a great chance of repeating that success in 2012.