Thumbs up, thumbs down: Gamecocks vs. Wofford

pobley@thestate.comNovember 18, 2012 

THUMBS UP

Seniors!

The seniors on USC’s 2012 team will leave as the most successful class in school history. USC had three nine-win seasons prior to them. During their time, they’ve averaged nine wins.

Halftime show

USC’s band teamed with its military counterparts for a stirring salute to the Armed Forces during halftime. From their moving rendition of “Taps,” through “Amazing Grace” and on to “God Bless America,” not a dry eye was to be found.

Steve Spurrier

The Head Ball Coach tied Rex Enright as the school’s winningest coach with his 64th win at South Carolina.

Reginald Bowens

The senior linebacker combined with Devin Taylor to stuff Eric Breitenstein for no gain on a fourth-and-1 at the Wofford 34-yard line. On the next Wofford possession, Bowens again had a big play when he forced a fumble by Breitenstein that was picked up and scored by ...

Akeem Auguste

The kid’s finishing his career with a bang. Last week it was an interception, this week it was the fumble return for a touchdown.

D.J. Swearinger

Another senior — there’s a theme here, right? The reigning national defensive player of the week put together an encore consisting of 12 tackles, including one for loss, a forced fumble and fumble recovery.

Extra credit

Let’s not forget Kenny Miles’ final home game — a career-high 127 rushing yards — and the return of Ace Sanders, who snagged a touchdown pass.

USC defense

In the fourth quarter, South Carolina's defense set up one touchdown and scored another 37 seconds later to break open a game that was tied to start the quarter.

THUMBS DOWN

Offensive line

More penalties for this group and, disturbingly, it was occasionally overrun by the smaller Terriers. We were expecting more from this group, especially when facing a three-man rush.

Connor Shaw

A tough addition here, for he did complete 16 of 21 passes on a bum wheel. But he took preventable sacks, tossed a preventable interception and didn’t get the ball downfield.

Fumble!

Freshman Mike Davis had the ball stripped at the Wofford six-yard line, and the Terriers recovered. Davis didn't have another carry until the final play of the game.

Jadeveon Clowney injuries

Clowney missed the game Saturday and now has a left knee issue to go along with the sprained right foot that has kept him out of practice for the last three weeks and required a walking boot Saturday.

Saturday’s crowd

It was announced at a hair under 80,000. It was well under that. Booing at the end of the first half because USC decided to go to the locker room instead of taking a long poke down field was silly, too.

- GoGamecocks' Dwayne McLemore contributed

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