September 30, 2014

Gamecocks stung by fourth quarter meltdown in Missouri loss (AUDIO)

Missouri's Russell Hansbrough scores one of his three touchdowns against USC Saturday night

Missouri’s Russell Hansbrough scores one of his three touchdowns against USC Saturday night

USC appeared to have their fourth straight win and third straight SEC victory in hand after a 23 yard touchdown catch by Pharoh Cooper with just over seven minutes remaining in last night’s game against Missouri.  That put USC ahead 20-7 and with the way the Gamecock defense had played to that point, there was little reason to think otherwise.

But Missouri quarterback Matty Mauk had other ideas.  Held to 62 passing yards at that point, he fired off a 41 yard completion and then one of 26 yards.  A one yard touchdown run by Russell Hansbrough cut the deficit to six.

The Tigers got the ball back with 4:40 left and went 51 yards in 9 plays to punch in the tying touchdown.  The point after turned out to be the difference on the scoreboard.

The much maligned USC defense had their fourth straight game in which they allowed fewer yards than the previous game (280) and held their opponent to a season’s low 21 points.  The last time the Gamecocks lost a game holding an opponent under 300 yards was in 2012 at Florida.  And the 21 points were the fewest allowed in a defeat since falling to Auburn 16-13 in 2011.

Paharoh Cooper had 3 catches for 52 yards

Paharoh Cooper had 3 catches for 52 yards

Here’s more from the USC and Mizzou players following the game:

AUDIO: Dylan Thompson [2:36]

AUDIO: Mike Davis [0:53]

AUDIO: Gerald Dixon [0:52]

AUDIO: JT Surratt [1:32]

AUDIO: Matty Mauk [1:46]

AUDIO: Bud Sasser [2:14]

AUDIO: Russell Hansbrough [1:32]

AUDIO: Andrew Baggett [1:20]

SportsTalk at the Stadium: Mizzou turns the tables on Gamecocks 21-20 (VIDEO)

The USC defense held Mizzou in check until the final seven minutes when it got away from them

The USC defense held Mizzou in check until the final seven minutes when it got away from them

This was Missouri’s time to stage the comeback against USC.  Though last season’s hero of the Gamecocks’ rally at Missouri Connor Shaw was in attendance, his presence couldn’t help the USC defense stave off the charging Tigers over the final seven minutes.  So this time, Missouri flies home with the stunning victory leaving the Gamecocks, well, stunned.

Here’s the game review from Williams-Brice Stadium:

USC’s win over Mizzou & SEC East title hopes vanish late in 21-20 loss (AUDIO)

The USC defense held Missouri QB Matty Maulk in check until the last seven minutes

The USC defense held Missouri QB Matty Maulk in check until the last seven minutes

The final seven minutes of Saturday night’s 21-20 loss to Missouri pretty much torpedoed USC’s hopes of winning the SEC East this season.  At 2-2 in the league, and with road games at Kentucky, Auburn and Florida still to come, the Gamecocks aren’t likely headed to Atlanta this December.

Mike Davis rushed for over 100 yards

Mike Davis rushed for over 100 yards

The Gamecocks led 20-7 with 7:25 to go.  Their defense had been more than Missouri could handle to that point.  Then, the Tigers figured out how to handle them.  Throw deep.  A 41 yard pass followed by a 26 yard pass led to a 1 yard touchdown run.

The Gamecocks had to punt, Missouri took over at midfield, and moved down the field converting a fourth down at the USC 39 and another one at the one for the winning score.

So, Missouri did to the Gamecocks what they did to them last year out there, rally late and break their hearts at the end.

Here’s some of the words from the USC and Missouri locker rooms afterwards:

AUDIO: Steve Spurrier [8:10]

AUDIO: Lorenzo Ward [2:11]

AUDIO: Gary Pinkel [5:03]

Mizzou defense kept pressure on Dylan Thompson

Mizzou defense kept pressure on Dylan Thompson

Final Stats

1st Quarter Recap

2nd Quarter Recap

3rd Quarter Recap

4th Quarter Recap

 

SportsTalk at the Stadium: Clemson has something special (VIDEO)

Clemson beat North Carolina by 15 Saturday night.

Clemson beat North Carolina by 15 Saturday night.

Clemson evened its overall record to 2-2 and its ACC record to 1-1 with a 50-35 win over North Carolina Saturday night in Death Valley. Deshaun Watson has Tiger fans dreaming big after a 435 yard, six touchdown passing performance. I still can’t believe the kid is a true freshman. His pocket presence and decision making skills rival that of most any upperclassman you will find. Obviously that was a main topic on the SportsTalk at the Stadium episode, but there are other items to discuss as well. Check it out below.

Watson wows in Clemson’s win over North Carolina (AUDIO)

FBC: Clemson v North CarolinaBelieve the hype. Deshaun Watson is as good as advertised. In fact, he may be better than advertised. The true freshman made his first career start Saturday against North Carolina and set a school record with six touchdown passes in a 50-35 Tigers win in Death Valley.

On the second play of the game Watson connected with Germone Hopper for a 75 yard touchdown. He hit Hooper on a 51 yard strike for his second scoring pass; found Mike Williams from 24 yards out for his third; Williams again from 33 yards out for his fourth; Artavis Scott caught his fifth touchdown from 33 yards out and Jordan Leggett capped it with a five yard touchdown catch for his sixth.

The six touchdowns tie an ACC record. Watson’s final line: 27-36 for 435 yards with six touchdowns and one interception. He came up 20 yards short of breaking Tajh Boyd’s school record for passing yards in a game only because he was taken out with five minutes left in the game. He also sat out a series in the second quarter when the coaching staff went with senior Cole Stoudt. Those were questionable decisions by Dabo Swinney, but you know it is just a matter of time before Watson takes that record and maybe every other major record on the books for quarterbacks at Clemson.

Locker room reaction:

The story of the day was Watson, of course. Check out the SportsTalk at the Stadium recap to get my thoughts on the defense, running game, Dabo’s decision to pull Watson and more. Take a listen to Dabo, offensive coordinator Chad Morris and Watson talk to the media below.

AUDIO: Dabo Swinney

AUDIO: Chad Morris post UNC

Deshaun Watson post UNC

Quarter recaps and final stats 

1st quarter recap

2nd quarter recap

3rd quarter recap

4th quarter recap

FINAL STATS