David Cloninger

Despite current situation, South Carolina still showing some fight

South Carolina wide receiver Pharoh Cooper (11) runs after a catch for a touchdown against the LSU Tigers during the third quarter of a game at Tiger Stadium. LSU defeated South Carolina 45-24. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports
South Carolina wide receiver Pharoh Cooper (11) runs after a catch for a touchdown against the LSU Tigers during the third quarter of a game at Tiger Stadium. LSU defeated South Carolina 45-24. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

That happened, as I’m sure we all expected it to. Any chance of South Carolina upsetting a very strong LSU team sailed out the window when the game was moved to Baton Rouge – and that was a chance thinner than Connor Shaw finding another year of eligibility in the first place.

The result was scripted as soon as Leonard Fournette broke loose in the third quarter. What was encouraging was the Gamecocks still didn’t give up. They hit a fourth-down play for a touchdown. They found their best player – the magnificent Pharoh Cooper – for another score.

That’s something, and I know nobody wants to hear it when USC sits where it is. At 0-4 in the SEC, not knowing if it can beat a very good (defensively) Vanderbilt team next week and not sure of where the game will be, this season looks, at best, cloudy.

The good thing is that even with that record and how poorly they’ve played, the Gamecocks aren’t surrendering. Now, they need a whole lot to go right to turn this around. They cannot win with this quarterback situation. They can’t win when the starting tailback takes himself out of the game because his ribs hurt too much. They can’t win if the defense has to stay on the field as long as it did against LSU.

The Gamecocks need four more wins to make this a decent season. As I’ve mentioned many times before, a bowl season at USC should never, ever be discounted. Without picking specific games, four out of six is a high hurdle.

At least from their post-game words, they believe they can still pull it off. That’s another small something.

In a season where so much has gone wrong, hope has to be found in the smallest doses.

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