It took six games, but the 14th ranked USC football team finally put together that elusive complete game Saturday. The Gamecocks went into Arkansas and crushed the Razorbacks 52-7 Saturday afternoon. The USC offense scored at will, and the defense dominated and outside of a touchdown on its opening drive, Arkansas never had a chance. Carolina is leaving Fayetteville with a 5-1 record and a new sense of confidence this season can still be something big.
People have been buzzing about this USC football team for all the wrong reasons the past few weeks. Now Steve Spurrier can finally focus on some postive things on the field. Take a listen to some of what the Head Ball Coach had to say below:
Just to give you a sense of how it went down: Arkansas scored on its opening possession with a seven play, 64 yard drive. From that point on Arkansas only ran 30 plays the rest of the game. The Hogs only ran 13 plays in the second half. Razorbacks quarterback Brandon Allen only completed four passes all day and the offense only mustered seven first downs for the game.
Conversely, the USC offense moved the ball at will. Sans one turnover in the Arkansas red zone they were flawless. Mike Davis topped the 100 yard mark with 128 yards on 19 carries with one touchdown, Connor Shaw completed 19 of 28 passes for 219 yards and three touchdowns and Bruce Ellington caught six passes for 96 yards and two scores. Dylan Thompson came on in the fourth quarter and tossed a touchdown, and seldom used Brendon Nosovitch also got in on the act with a seven yard touchdown run.
It was that kind of day for USC. Everything went their way. Even when Arkansas looked like they were going to threaten things went south. Like a 50 yard run that ended in a fumble, or the 19 yard run to the goal line that ended in a fumble off the pylon and USC reclaiming possession. After the past few weeks off in consistent play and Jadeveon Clowney drama this was just the kind of win USC desperately needed. Adding even more juice to the win was Missouri’s upset at Georgia that has opened things back up in the SEC East race. There’s still a lot of season left, but the Gamecocks showed Saturday they don’t plan on going away quietly.
Here is your quarter by quarter recap along with final stats. Be sure to also check out our Google+ Hangout “SportsTalk at the Stadium” which will be posted shortly, it it isn’t already.