Jeremy Brevard-US PRESSWIRE
When a defense only gives up 224 yards (109 through the air and 115 on the ground), there is not a lot of room for extreme criticism.
Sure, for the bitter, stat-fueled curmudgeon looking to increase page views with cheap debate, grading down the elements of the South Carolina defense not actively involved in the dismantling of Georgia on Saturday could be mistaken as genius analysis.
Let's just let the eye test grade this game.
The fact is, defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward put on display what could arguably be the best defense in the country, and it remained in control and disciplined the entire game. Nitpicking the secondary for not having more interceptions and the linebackers for not creating more fumbles would be unnecessarily egregious.
With the exception of the last touchdown given up in the waning minutes, the Gamecocks played a nearly perfect and complete game.
Offensively, Steve Spurrier kept to the game plan and did not put Shaw in the position of having to try to constantly push the ball downfield to his receivers. Instead, he used Lattimore's runs to set up the pass, which accounted for South Carolina's early scores, then came back to him to control the clock and keep the Georgia defense on the field in the second half.
Overall, it was a complete, total-game effort for a team that has a tough road ahead, with two critical SEC games in two of the nation's toughest places to play.