It happened so fast (and it’s been such a newsy week) that it’s easy to forget, but it’s worth taking a minute before we ride off into the off weekend, to look back at the first two snaps of overtime against Tennessee.
South Carolina, which had zipped the ball up and down the field for 60 minutes, got the ball at the 25-yard line needing a field goal to tie and a touchdown to win. Steve Spurrier, who would prefer to throw into the end zone from the 25 than the 5, went right for the touchdown, and the next thing anyone saw was Volunteers linebacker Curt Maggitt coming around the left edge and swallowing up Dylan Thompson for a 9-yard sack. On the next snap, more edge pressure led to a sack from defensive end Derek Barnett, who had three sacks on the night.
“I wish I could tell you (what happened on those plays),” offensive line coach Shawn Elliott said Wednesday, his first media availability since the game. “Those looked like a different unit going out there. I thought to myself, ‘Am I watching a movie?’ I hadn’t seen (Tennessee) run around the edge all night. I don’t know if it was the situation, just the mentality we took to the field in overtime. It’s hard to put a finger on it, but it was not what I expected.”
The looks Tennessee gave South Carolina on the play were nothing different than the Gamecocks had seen all night other than Maggitt’s placement on the first play, Elliott said.
“Brandon (Shell) was late off the football, didn’t even get a chance to get a set in,” Elliott said.
South Carolina surrendered five sacks to the Volunteers and fell to 10th in the SEC in sacks allowed with 18. The Gamecocks need to find the answers to that soon.
Around the SEC:
Wait, Kenny Hill has hired Sean Salisbury as his mentor and quarterbacks coach? First question, doesn’t he already have a quarterbacks coach? Second question, Sean Salisbury? This story is going to get fun.
Georgia wide receiver Chris Conley is upset by the reaction of some Georgia fans to a tweet he sent. In general, side with Chris Conley in any argument he is in I think.