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Beware of the letdown
Any good South Carolina fan will tell you to enjoy this win, but be wary of what comes next.
If history is any indication, South Carolina is in for a fight against Mizzou on a Saturday afternoon.
Following a big victory, the Gamecocks’ modus operandi has been to come out flat the following week and either eek out a win or lose:
- 2005: Win vs. Florida, 30-22
- Following week: Lose vs. Clemson, 13-9
- 2007: Win at UNC, 21-15
- Following week: Lose vs. Vanderbilt, 17-6
- 2010: Win vs. Alabama, 35-21
- Following week: Lose at Kentucky, 31-28
The Gamecocks’ rousing upset over the Vols night makes their game against Mizzou easily the biggest of the season.
Win on Saturday and with a (likely) victory over Western Carolina in Week 12, the Gamecocks are going bowling.
Lose to the Tigers, and the Gamecocks will be hard-pressed to find a sixth victory between road games against Florida and Clemson.
Coach Will Muschamp’s squad can ill-afford to overlook Mizzou on Saturday. You can bet the Tigers will throw everything they have at the Gamecocks, looking for their third straight win in the series.
Bentley earns 247Sports’ True Freshman of the Week honors
It looks like Jake Bentley, the Gamecocks’ golden boy, got himself some new fans after his performance Saturday night. The South Carolina quarterback was named True Freshman of the Week by 247Sports on Monday.
— 247Sports (@247Sports) October 31, 2016
247Sports praised the true freshman’s poise and toughness, particularly his taking care of the football in the face of a relentless Tennessee pass rush:
The numbers for Bentley weren’t gaudy but he played winning football. Though Tennessee’s defense is depleted by injuries, Bentley was still facing one of the best pass rushes in the SEC and some exotic blitz packages from the second level. He never flinched.
King named SEC Defensive Player of the Week
We couldn’t let the offense hog all the headlines, right?
— Gamecock Football (@GamecockFB) October 31, 2016
Thanks to his two interceptions against the Vols, Gamecocks CB Jamarcus King earned Defensive Player of the Week honors, the league announced Monday:
His first interception set up the Gamecocks second touchdown of the game, while his second pick came late in the fourth quarter, helping seal the win. He added five solo tackles and was credited with a pair of pass break ups.
In his first year in the program after arriving from junior college, the 6-foot-1 cornerback has brought some sorely needed stability and steadiness to the Gamecocks’ secondary.
Moore not returning in 2016
Rumors swirled on Gamecock Twitter on Monday afternoon that South Carolina’s All-SEC LB Skai Moore would return early from injury and play in the team’s final four games of 2016.
Alas, it was much ado about nothing, The Big Spur reported late Monday evening.
No truth to the rumors about Skai Moore playing this year, per two sources within the #Gamecocks program.
— JC Shurburtt (@jcshurburtt) October 31, 2016
Thank you for raining on the parade, JC.
In Case You Missed It
- The Gamecocks’ Week 11 trip to Gainesville could be the SEC on CBS Game of the Week.
- P Sean Kelly was nominated for the Ray Guy Award.
- Gamecock Central welcomes you to the resurrection of South Carolina football.
- South Carolina slides its way into more bowl projections.
- The Gamecocks have worked hard all season, but now they’re getting results, according to Spurs & Feathers.
— GoGamecocks.com (@gogamecocks) November 1, 2016
The non-rev report
- Women’s soccer is preparing to be the hunted in the SEC Tournament.
- The No. 2-ranked women’s soccer team will take on Texas A&M on Wednesday.
It was 80 in Columbia today, but that didn't stop our Halloween ? spirit!
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— Gamecock Beach VB (@GamecockBeachVB) October 31, 2016
Look at who’s No. 1. And look at who’s just below them.
My top PERFORMERS for WK 9
— Kirk Herbstreit (@KirkHerbstreit) October 31, 2016
Like we needed more evidence of the defense’s improvement.
With four games left, #Gamecocks are one fumble recovery and two interceptions away from matching last season's takeaway totals.
— David Caraviello (@dcaraviello) October 31, 2016
Since South Carolina won and he won't have to miss more time, we can all finally admit that Lammons punching that dude was awesome.
— Connor Tapp (@MeetMeAtTapps) October 31, 2016
If that poor Five Points fountain could talk…
— Kirk Hollingsworth (@theUSC) October 30, 2016