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Turnovers have played a big role for South Carolina in 2011. The Gamecocks have recovered six fumbles while intercepting two passes on defense this year. They have also scored defensive touchdowns in their first two games of the season.
SPUR Antonio Allen has scored defensive touchdowns for USC in both games this season. He had a 25-yard fumble returned for a touchdown against East Carolina and intercepted a pass from UGA's Aaron Murray that was also returned 25 yards for a touchdown.
Defensive tackle Melvin Ingram picked up a fumble from Aaron Murray and ran it in for another touchdown. Freshman Jadeveon Clowney forced the fumble for the Gamecocks on his second sack of the day.
Without these big defensive plays, it's hard to say where USC would be at this point.
Melvin Ingram's touchdown against Georgia was huge for the Gamecocks as it gave them a 10-point lead with 3:12 left on the game clock. Georgia would end up scoring again to bring the score within three points, but without Ingram's touchdown, this game could have ended up in the loss column for South Carolina.
East Carolina had a 10-point lead at halftime against South Carolina but the Gamecocks forced three turnovers in the third quarter and were able to build a commanding lead from that point forward.
The defense may not be perfect. It has done one thing, though, and that's make the play when it counts. These are perfect examples of big plays on defense for the Gamecocks.