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South Carolina vs. Georgia: Live Game Grades and Analysis for the Gamecocks

COLUMBIA, SC - AUGUST 29:  Connor Shaw #14 of the South Carolina Gamecocks runs with the ball against the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on August 29, 2013 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Bryan ManningFeatured Columnist IIIJune 24, 2016

Georgia 41, South Carolina 30: Final

Georgia defeats South Carolina in the SEC opener for both teams.  

There is a full box score available at NCAA.com.

Stay with us here at Bleacher Report for continuing analysis of the Gamecocks. 

 

Game Analysis for the South Carolina Gamecocks

Pass Offense

Connor Shaw was good. However, it took until midway through the fourth quarter to get Shaq Roland the football.

Pass protection wasn’t great, either.

 

Run Offense

The Gamecocks were able to run the ball with great success. Shaw had several good runs, while Mike Davis is an emerging star. Gurley will be the story, but keep an eye on Davis moving forward.

 

Pass Defense

Aaron Murray threw for 309 yards and four touchdowns, exercising his South Carolina demons with his performance. There were several breakdowns in coverage for the Gamecocks, especially on the long touchdown.

 

Run Defense 

South Carolina had no answer for Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall. The pair finished with 190 yards on 38 carries.

Overall, Georgia rushed for 226 yards.

 

Special Teams 

A bad snap on special teams cost the Gamecocks a valuable point on a PAT. It made going for two essential on the next touchdown scored.

 

Coaching

Spurrier goes for it on 4th-and-2, and it paid off big for the Gamecocks in the first half. In the second half, though, he should have taken the easy three points and made it a one-score game.

 

 

1st-Half Analysis for the South Carolina Gamecocks

Pass Offense

In the first half, Connor Shaw passed for 115 yards and two touchdowns, both to Nick Jones. Shaw seemed much more comfortable after the 12-play scoring drive in the second quarter.

 

Run Offense

The Gamecocks were able to run the ball with great success. Shaw had several good runs, while Mike Davis rarely goes down upon first contact.

 

Pass Defense

Aaron Murray was near perfect in the first half. He had three incompletions, yet two were drops. Jadeveon Clowney did register his first sack.

 

Run Defense

South Carolina has no answer for Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall. The pair has combined for 138 yards on 23 carries and a touchdown.

 

Special Teams

They didn't recover a Georgia onside kick in the first quarter, but the South Carolina special teams did recover a fumbled snap by the Georgia punter, which led to a touchdown.

 

Coaching

Spurrier goes for it on 4th-and-2, and it paid off big for the Gamecocks. They scored their first touchdown three plays later.

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