Josh Kendall

October 10, 2013

Kendall's Key Number: Running game paves the way for USC offense

South Carolina has run the ball on 60 percent of its offensive snaps this season, which is the 32nd-highest percentage in the country after six weeks of the season.

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South Carolina has run the ball on 60 percent of its offensive snaps this season, which is the 32nd-highest percentage in the country after six weeks of the season.

The analysis of play percentage, done by CoachingSearch.com, shows that Army leads the nation by running the ball on 84 percent of its snaps, while Washington State is last at 25 percent. Arkansas, Saturday’s opponent, is No. 22 in the nation in run percentage at 62 percent of its snaps.

The Gamecocks still get more yards through the air, 1,305 yards compared to 1,077 on the ground this season, but it is their running ability that has opened up the offense this season.

“It is going to be important that we can run the ball the way we’re capable, hopefully continue running, mixing in the passes and so forth,” Spurrier said.

Saturday’s game will feature two of the conference’s top four rushers. South Carolina’s Mike Davis leads the SEC with 122.8 yards per game, and Arkansas’ Alex Collins is fourth with 108.5 yards per game.

The running game is a big reason both the Razorbacks and Gamecocks are in the top half of the SEC in time of possession. Arkansas is fourth, holding the ball almost 33 minutes of each game, and South Carolina is seventh, holding the ball more than 30 minutes a game.

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