South Carolina football: Jake Bentley gets back on track against Wofford
South Carolina football quarterback Jake Bentley connected on 22-of-28 passes for 194 yards and a touchdown against Wofford.
The sophomore also rushed for 2 more scores, to build his team lead to 6.
To gain a better sense of how accurate he was as a passer against the Terriers, we charted each of his throws.
Example: On the Gamecocks’ second offensive snap of the game, wide receiver Bryan Edwards caught a screen pass and raced 23 yards upfield for a first down. Because the pass was caught behind the line of scrimmage, that’s the area where it was marked as a completion.
On the chart below, there’s a ‘C’ for every completion. Each incomplete pass is marked with an ‘X’.
Here’s the breakdown:
- Behind the line: 11 of 12 for 80 yards
- Short (0-10 yards): 9 of 12 for 78 yards
- Intermediate (11-19 yards): 1 of 3 for 13 yards
- Deep (20 or more yards): 1 of 1 for 23 yards, TD
After throwing a total of 5 interceptions against Georgia and Florida, Bentley was limited in his downfield throws against Wofford. Some that was a result of what the Wofford defense was allowing, which led offensive coordinator Kurt Roper to keep his pass calls simple.
Obviously, the Gamecocks relied heavily upon the screen game and throws into the short window.
South Carolina’s wide receivers combined for 4 drops against Wofford, the majority of which were by freshman OrTre Smith.
Bentley made only a couple of throws to the deep portion of the field, but a pass interference call took away one of the targets to junior tight end Hayden Hurst. The other was Bentley’s 23-yard touchdown pass to Edwards.
Edwards, who caught 8 passes for 90 yards and a touchdown, was thrown to 9 times. The only incompletion was a drop.
Smith received 7 targets, finishing with 4 catches for 30 yards.
Freshman wide receiver Shi Smith caught all 3 passes thrown his way and finished with 30 yards.
Junior tight end Jacob August caught a pass for 15 yards. Another was throw at his feet and was incomplete.
Four others were thrown to once.