Josh Dickerson and the USC defense will try to do what no one, including them, has done this season: stop one Cam Newton. No defense, academic allegation or NCAA investigation has slowed down the soon to be Heisman Trophy winner. Dickerson and the Gamecock “D” will try to be the first tomorrow night.
Newton rushed for 176 yards and three touchdowns in the September 25th matchup against the Gamecocks. He passed for another 158 yards and two scores. Earlier this week Auburn coach Gene Chizik called the performance Newton’s coming out party.
This season Newton is averaging 111.3 yards per game on the ground. He’s scored a combined 43 touchdowns this season. He truly can hurt you with the run and the pass.
The key for USC will be forcing Auburn to make mistakes. The Tigers fumbled a few times in the first meeting and that helped USC build a 20-7 lead. However, as we all know, the Gamecocks committed four turnovers down the stretch en route to the eight point loss.
The Gamecock defense will have to play its best game of the season to have any chance of handing Newton and the Tigers their first loss of the season. Even then it will be tough.