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The above picture tells it all. A game that was just out of reach for South Carolina.
A lot of people wanted to get on Steve Spurrier for the play-calling. Why not run the ball more in the second half when up 7-3?
In the Ol' Ball Coach's defense, how can you run the ball when you are not able to run the ball?
The fact is, the Gamecocks were rocked on both the offensive and defensive line. LSU stifled the South Carolina running attack all game long. Thirty-four total yards pretty much sums that up.
And where in previous close games Marcus Lattimore has been able to put the team on his back and create big plays and control the clock, that game plan was completely ineffective against the Tigers.
As good as Connor Shaw is at quarterback, he's not necessarily the kind of quarterback that can win the game with his arm when he isn't allowed to run. (Subtracting sack yards, only 29 yards of rushing.) It's no strike to him as he has been excellent this season. It's just a position he has not had to be in often enough to be comfortable.
On defense, it's really quite simple (Warning: Obvious Yokel Commentary Comment!): if you can't stop the run and stop the other team on third down, you're not going to be successful.
Now I am sure some of you are going to be super critical, deathly critical of how South Carolina played against LSU. Some pessimists from other teams might even gloat with an "I told you so."
The reality is—and Spurrier is already preaching the right rhetoric—the Gamecocks still control their own destiny in winning the SEC East and staying in the hunt to win the entire SEC.
Next week in Gainesville, College GameDay again will be the backdrop of a the Gamecocks' third Top Ten game in a row. A victory over the Gators puts them in prime position to get back to the Georgia Dome.
Who knows—maybe they'll get their rematch against the Tigers.