Today, we are looking at how the Gamecocks and Paladins have done so far this year on offense.
Both teams have been moving the ball well on offense this year, as shown by the high average yards per play. A team getting 4 yards per play generally it means they are doing well, and both teams are well above that.
Though both teams are doing well offensively, the Paladins average 2.5 yards per play more than the Gamecocks.
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Helped out by the amazing performance of Marcus Lattimore against Georgia, the Gamecocks rushing attack has been phenomenal so far this year. However, the Paladins have better average-per-carry on the ground than the Gamecocks.
Furman’s average yards per rush is almost double that of the Gamecocks. In fact, the Paladins have gained just 36 fewer yards than the Gamecocks on 42 fewer carries.
The passing numbers also favor the Paladins. Furman averages more than a full yard more per reception than South Carolina. The Paladins also have yet to throw an interception, while the Gamecocks have one pick on the year, though that was thrown by the third-string quarterback during mop-up duty.
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As shown by the touchdowns scored rushing versus passing, the Paladins have a balanced scoring attack, while the Gamecocks have preferred to pound the ball on the ground to get in the end zone.
Though many people may say that the Paladins don’t play the level of competition that the Gamecocks do and, therefore, the better numbers don’t mean as much, Furman’s first opponent of the year was no slouch. The Paladins handily defeated the 25th ranked Colgate Raiders 45-15.