October 25, 2014

USC-Auburn 2nd quarter recap: Gamecocks and Tigers shooting it out

USC logoHere is a recap of the second quarter of USC-Auburn from Jordan-Hare Stadium:

USC went for it on a 4th-2 from its own 33 to start the second quarter. They converted with an 18 yard pass reception by Mike Davis.  A few plays later the Gamecocks called a reverse pass to Dylan Thompson for a first down. Shortly after that Pharoh Cooper caught a 16 yard pass for a touchdown to put USC back on top 14-7 with 12:14 to play in the quarter. 10-75-4:19 on that drive for USC.

Auburn started on its own 7 after a block in the back on the return. Despite the fact it had terrible field position, the Tigers wasted no time marching down the field. On the 10th play of the drive Cameron Artis-Payne took it in for a two yard touchdown run. That tied the game at 14 with 8:19 to play in the half.  10 plays, 93 yards, 3:46 on that drive for Auburn.

USC started its next drive on its own 25 after a touchback on the kickoff.  The Gamecocks picked up one first down on a 14 yard pass play, but punted three plays later.

Auburn fumbled during the return and USC recovered at the Tigers 42.  USC was stuffed on three straight plays, but an Auburn facemask on third down kept the drive going.  The very next play Mike Davis caught a wheel route pass and went 27 yards for a touchdown. That made it 21-14 USC with 5:05 left in the half. 3-42-1:04 on the drive for USC.

Auburn started its next drive from the 25. Continuing its trend, the Tigers scored fast. It took them seven plays to go 75 yards. The drive was capped with a 37 yard touchdown run by Nick Marshall. That tied it at 21-21 with 2:35 to play in the half.

USC started its next drive on its own 25 after a touchback on the kickoff.  USC picked up one first down, then let the clock run down on the next three plays.

Halftime score: 21-21

 

USC-Auburn 1st quarter recap: Gamecocks and Tigers trade scores

USC logoHere is the recap of the first quarter of the USC-Auburn game at Jordan-Hare Stadium:

USC won the toss and elected to take the ball to start the game. The Gamecocks started on the 25 after a touchback on the kickoff.  The Gamecocks moved to midfield on a screen pass to Mike Davis on second down. The Gamecocks moved into Auburn territory with a 12 yard gain on third and long. One play later Shaq Roland caught a 32 yard touchdown to make it 7-0 USC with 12:34 to play in the first quarter.  7-75 2:26 on the drive for USC.

Auburn’s first possession started on the 25 after a touchback. Auburn moved the chains in the opening series with a third and five conversion.  Two plays later Auburn faced a 3rd-4 and failed to convert. They punted. USC took over on its own 25.

USC picked up another big play on 2nd down, an 18 yarder on a shuttle pass to Pharoh Cooper to the USC 47.  Cooper caught another pass on the next play, a 14 yarder to the Auburn 39. On the next play Mike Davis gained 28 to the Auburn 11.  But the drive ended two plays later when Dylan Thompson threw a very careless interception.

After the pick, Auburn took over on its own 8.  Two big runs later Auburn was at the 50.  From there, the Tigers marched quickly deep into Gamecock territory and into the end zone for the game tying score on a three yard touchdown pass from Nick Marshall to Brandon Fulse. That tied the game at 7-7 with 1:33 left in the quarter. 11-92-4:55 on the drive for Auburn.

USC started its third possession of the game on its own 25 after the Auburn touchback. The Gamecocks were stuffed on a 3rd and one as the first quarter ended.

 

USC report: Bryson Allen-Williams moves to DE; Surratt available for Auburn

Lorenzo Ward is still tweaking his defense.

Lorenzo Ward is still tweaking his defense.

The South Carolina Gamecocks (4-3, 2-3 SEC) spent Thursday afternoon at the Bluff Road “Proving Grounds.” The Gamecocks are preparing for Saturday’s SEC showdown with the No. 5/6 Auburn Tigers ( 5-1, 2-1 SEC) at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The SEC Network will televise the 7:30 p.m. ET game nationally with Brent Musburger and Jesse Palmer in the booth and Maria Taylor on the sidelines.

Defensive coordinator Lorenzo Ward knows his unit will be challenged to slow down the Auburn running game. “You have to be really sound on what you do on defense because they give you a lot of different formations, a lot of different shifting movement,” said Ward. “You have to make sure you fit where you’re supposed to fit based on the defense that’s called to even have a chance. Then you still have to be physical.

“Hopefully we can go and play the way we did against Georgia,” said Ward. “If we play with that level of emotion and that level of enthusiasm, we’ll have a chance. Hopefully we can get turnovers. We’re going to have to get turnovers if we’re going to win this ballgame.”

Coach Ward confirmed that defensive tackle J.T. Surratt (hamstring) practiced today and will be available on Saturday. He was unsure if he would start the game, however, based on just one day of practice this week. Linebacker Jonathan Walton (concussion) also practiced today and has been cleared to play on Saturday. Ward also said that Bryson Allen-Williams has been moved to defensive end and could see some action there on Saturday. “Bryson Allen-Williams is playing end for us for the rest of the season,” noted Ward.

Coach Ward indicated that Chris Moody and T.J. Gurley would be the starters at safety, with Chaz Elder backing up Moody. “I think Chaz has shown this week that he’s been focused and making the proper checks. He’s shown he’s ready to play.”

The Gamecocks will have a short workout on Friday afternoon before boarding a flight to Columbus, Georgia, where they will stay on Friday night before venturing to Auburn on Saturday.

 

 

Shawn Elliott says that A.J. Cann is NOT tipping plays

Shawn Elliott

Shawn Elliott

The South Carolina Gamecocks (4-3, 2-3 SEC) practiced Wednesday afternoon at the Bluff Road practice fields. The Gamecocks are headed to the plains this weekend to face the No. 5/6 Auburn Tigers (5-1, 2-1 SEC) on Saturday, October 25, at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The SEC Network will televise the 7:30 p.m. ET game nationally with Brent Musburger and Jesse Palmer in the booth and Maria Taylor on the sidelines.

On the defensive side of the ball, defensive tackle J.T. Surratt (hamstring) was able to get in some running today. Linebacker Jonathan Walton (concussion) participated in non-contact drills. Defensive end Mason Harris (knee) returned to full practice.

Offensive guard Mike Matulis continues to make progress after seeing his first action of the season last Saturday against Furman. Matulis was penciled in as the starter at right guard prior to the start of fall camp, but injured his knee in the preseason camp and had not played until Saturday.

“Practice has been good for (Mike) this week,” said offensive line coach Shawn Elliott. “Last week he was kind of skittish so to speak, but he’s looked really good this week. It’s good for our morale (to have Matulis practicing),” continued Elliott. “He kind of picks up everybody’s spirits. He has fun at practice. It’s good to have him back. He enjoys football and we enjoy having him.” Will Sport remains the starter at right guard, but Matulis is expected to see some playing time on Saturday, according to Elliott.

“I haven’t played in over two years. I was just so happy to be out there again, said Matulis of his opportunity against Furman. “I’m close to (100 percent). I’m still recovering a little bit. It’s not a full 100 percent. I’d say I’m at 95 percent. I’ve only been out there for four practices, so it’s coming along.  I feel like I’m progressing well.”

Elliott dismissed the talk about left guard A.J. Cann tipping off plays with his hand position. “We’ve discussed it,” said Elliott. “I told A.J. to put two hands down this week – right and left. So we’re really going to trick them this week,” he laughed. “I can tell you one thing, they have no idea what plays we’re running based on his right hand or his left hand being down. If they do, I would imagine they would stop us a whole lot more.”

The Gamecocks are scheduled to practice again on Thursday afternoon.

USC projected to finish 12th in SEC basketball this season (AUDIO)

Ty Johnson at SEC Media Day

Ty Johnson at SEC Media Day

The USC women on Tuesday were announced as the media’s favorites to win the SEC basketball championship this season.  However, the men on Wednesday were not picked to win their championship.  The media see the Gamecocks finishing 12th in the 14 team league.

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