USC made it a game against #9th ranked Texas A&M, but they couldn’t make it a magical day in a 24-13 loss to the Aggies. A sporadic offense was an issue, but it was special teams blunders that did them in and ruined the chance to spring an upset and give Will Muschamp his biggest win as a Gamecock.
The normally sure footed Elliott Fry missed two field goals and a lost muffed punt in the fourth quarter were the death nails for the Gamecocks. That lost punt cost them a chance a a game tying drive in the final minutes. Those are the mistakes you can’t make if you want to spring an upset against a top 10 team.
Not many people will want to spend much time breaking down those special teams miscues though; it is the offense and the quarterback position that will be front in center in the discussion again this week. Brandon McIlwain looked like a lost freshman for most of the game. In three plus quarters of action he completed 9 of 15 passes for 34 yards with one interception. He was also sacked twice. When he left the game punter Sean Kelly had more passing yards than him based on one 36 yard completion on a third quarter fake punt.
Perry Orth came on midway though the fourth quarter and gave the offense a spark. He moved the Gamecocks into scoring position on each of his first two drives, but only came away with three points. Orth finished 11-18 for 138 yards. Muschamp said McIlwain didn’t play as poorly as some might think, but confirmed the starter for next week’s Georgia game is TBA.
Injury notes: Wide receivers Deebo Samuel and Bryan Edwards both missed the game with hamstring injuries. Muschamp said that made the offensive game plan challenging.
Here are the highlights from Will Muschamp’s post game comments:
Will Muschamp’s opening statement:
Will Muschamp on who will start at quarterback next week and the state of the offense:
Will Muschamp on what he told his team in the locker room: