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The Gamecocks have been burned by the big play against the Arkansas Razorbacks the last three years.
2011 saw a 98-yard kickoff returned for a touchdown by Dennis Johnson, a 68-yard touchdown catch by Jarius Wright and a 39-yard catch by Joe Adams.
2010 had two big catches from Cobi Hamilton and Wright; Hamilton's catch went for 39 yards, and Wright's catch went for 57 yards.
2009 saw a 46-yard catch by Greg Childs and a 69-yard catch by D.J. Williams.
Big plays can hurt a defense, and each of the past three seasons against Arkansas, it's either helped shorten the field of play or given the Razorbacks the touchdown. The South Carolina defense must show up to play against Arkansas this year.
On the flip side, the Gamecocks did a better job against LSU the last two times these teams faced off. In 2007, the Gamecocks only gave up one play of more than 30 yards, and that was a 33-yard catch by Trindon Holliday. In 2008, the defense gave up one catch for 36 yards to Demetrius Byrd.
As mentioned in the previous slide, South Carolina had a much closer margin of defeat against LSU than Arkansas.
The key to success? Limit the big play on defense.