Jan 3

Bowl Update, Gamecocks Lose

Posted By:Brett Haynes - Greenville, SC  Tags:

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The Gamecocks of South Carolina talked before and after their game against Clemson about how it was "the game of the season." Apparently, they were not kidding. The Gamecocks looked like an entirely different football team against UConn - and that is not a good thing. The Huskies had their way all day against South Carolina, resulting in a 20-7 win....Also, the Mountain West Conference has wrapped up the Bowl Challenge Cup for the second straight season.

South Carolina (7-6) had a lot going for it entering the PapaJohns.com Bowl, but they let it all go out of the window. Playing a UConn (8-5) team that I am guessing they underrated, South Carolina was shutout until a meaningless touchdown late in the final minutes made the score look a little bit more respectable than it actually was. UConn wanted this bowl trophy more, and that was apparent from the opening whistle.

South Carolina's Stephen Garcia - who held back tears following the loss - was just 16 of 38 (128 yards) and threw an interception. He had no passing touchdowns on the day. His counterpart, UConn's Zach Frazer, was only 9 of 21 for 107 yards, but the Huskies did their damage on the ground courtesy of Andre Dixon, who had 126 yards on 33 carries and a touchdown.

I don't want to bash South Carolina in this article. In fact, a win by them would make the Clemson loss not quite as bad. But this is one of the poorest bowl perfromances I have seen in quite some time. The team looked unenthusiastic and without a solid gameplan.

As for UConn, this win puts a little smile on the faces of a team full of players, coaches and parents that endured a rocky season. Jasper Howard was killed earlier this season, and the team played the remainder of 2009 in his honor.

Bowl Challenge Cup.

For the second consecutive season, the MWC has wrapped up the Bowl Challenge Cup (ESPN). The conference went 4-0, with TCU still left to play Boise State.



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