Sep 25

Rebels Without A Cause

Posted By:Brett Haynes  Tags:

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South Carolina 16, Mississippi 10. Gamecocks turn Mississippi's season upside down. South Carolina defeated number 4 Mississippi Thursday night and will surely knock the Rebels from the top-10. With the big win, the Gamecocks should find themselves ranked this coming Sunday. With a frenzied crowd supporting them, the Gamecocks rallied behind a stellar defensive performance for the win.

Top-5 teams havent lasted long in 2009, just ask USC (from California), Oklahoma State, BYU and Oklahoma. All of those top-5 teams have gone down in the first four weeks, and now the Rebels are the latest. With the win, South Carolina has now defeated a top-5 team for the first time in its last 22 tries.

It was hard to tell if South Carolina's defense was just that good, or if the offense for Ole Miss was struggling. I think it was a combination of both that had the first idea leading to the second. Jevan Snead finished just 7 of 12 for 107 yards and led his team to just ten points. The Rebels were just 1 of 13 on third down conversions, a major tip of the hat to the Gamecock defense. In the fourth quarter, Snead hit a 45-yard touchdown pass to cut the lead to 16-10. On the game's final drive he led his team into Cock territory, as well. But it was too little too late as he was then sacked on third-down and threw incomplete on 4th down to give South Carolina the win.

On the flip side, Stephen Garcia of South Carolina was 16 of 24 for 220 yards and a score. He played confidently and sure of himself and had many clutch plays. He is coming of age as a qb, but is still learning. One thing Garcia had best look out for though is his own body. While I commend the player on being tough, he isn't going to be under center long if continues to lay his body out there. In the first half he was popped hard on a roll-out, and the rest of the night appeared to be playing in pain. He will have a few days now to recover as South Carolina doesnt play again for nine days.

Not mentioned yet are the four field goals by Spencer Lanning for USC. Without those, the Gamecocks may have lost. We all know Steve Spurrier hates kicking field goals, and after 4 early ones - and not touchdowns - we all had to wonder in the back of our minds of the Rebels weren't still in the game because of this. But the Cock D, behind powerhouse Eric Norwood, played relentless and kept Ole Miss from doing any damage.

Everyone on this site knows I am a Clemson fan, but I would be lying if I said I wasn't impressed with USC's defensive performance. The Cock offense looked pretty good at times, but the defense led by Eric Norwood is what will make the Gamecocks a football team to deal with in 2009. Big win for South Carolina, congrats!

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