South Carolina Gamecocks Football: What Went Wrong Against Auburn Tigers
South Carolina received a startling dose of reality in Columbia last night. It is inexplicable, but this team just isn't very good right now.
What went wrong against Auburn? Well, quite a few things. As a fan, I am shocked and appalled at the offense. Defensively, South Carolina can play with anyone. However, you have to score points to win (duh), and at this point, I don't know why this team cannot.
The team has a lot of work to do.
1. 17 Carries for Marcus Lattimore
You're facing the worst running defense in the SEC, you have one of the best running backs in the country, and you only gave it to him 17 times?
Marcus Lattimore is one of those special players that plays better as he receives more carries. So why didn't they rely on their workhorse more? They give it to him 30 times a game every other time...why wait until the one game where he was facing a favorable matchup to limit him to 17 carries?
I am still shaking my head about this one.
2. Seven Penalties
It wasn't so much the number that was bad...it was the timing of the penalties yesterday. Big plays were called back because of the most boneheaded of choices.
Penalties are destructive to an offense that is struggling to put up points.
3. Another Sub 50 Percent Game for Stephen Garcia
I thought Stephen would have a huge game. He didn't. I won't be super down on the guy, and I understand he is having some personal problems, but it's time for Shaw to at least get some reps in. He honestly cannot do any worse, and if he struggles, at least he is preparing for the future.
South Carolina needs a quarterback, badly.
4. Poor Clock Management
I am not sure who made the call to use a timeout after getting the first down towards the end of the game with about 12 seconds left...but it was a stupid call.
In that situation, you spike the ball. If South Carolina did that, then completed that pass down the middle, they could have used that time out to stop the clock for a field goal try.
All I can say is...ugh.
5. 3rd Down
2-of-10. Enough said, honestly.
However, South Carolina put itself in impossible third down situations, and used cutesy play calling to try to get out of it (quarterback draws? Hitch patterns five yards away from the marker? Get outta here!).