During Saturday’s 45-20 loss at Tennessee, USC had an opportunity to perhaps swing momentum in the Gamecocks favor. Trailing 14-0, the Gamecocks embarked on a 10-play drive to the Volunteers one-yard line. Two plays later, defensive lineman Jordan Burch threw an interception into the end zone and Carolina’s hopes were dashed on “Rocky Top”.
Wednesday morning, offensive coordinator Marcus Satterfield met with the media to discuss the turning point in the game.
“Once we got to a certain part of the field, we were going to run that play. It was a good play. If we ran it ten times, it would work eight times. That time it didn’t work,” Satterfield said in explaining the decision to have Burch throw the football. “If I had my do-overs, I would have tried to run it in.”
The offense wasn’t the only unit put under scrutiny during the matchup in Knoxville. Carolina’s defense gave up 38 first half points and allowed a total of 472 yards of offense to the Vols, though played much better in the second half of action.
USC defensive coordinator Clayton White was also part of Wednesday’s media availability to recap Saturday’s loss and to update the progress of his unit going into game number seven against Vanderbilt.