USC Gamecocks Football

Thumbs up, thumbs down: USC-Auburn

Gamecocks running back Mike Davis bursts through a hole during the first half Saturday at Auburn.
Gamecocks running back Mike Davis bursts through a hole during the first half Saturday at Auburn. gmelendez@thestate.com

THUMBS UP

Pharoh Cooper

Seven catches, 127 yards, two touchdowns. To think, he came in as a defensive back, and still may be better than any DB suiting up.

Mike Davis

21 rushes for 88 yards, six catches for 85 and a TD. Lattimore-esque. Shoot, Rogers-esque.

Dylan Thompson

The numbers and the moxie were great. The passes were there and he mostly hit them, in some pretty dicey situations.

Wily playcalling

The onside kick. All the fourth-down conversions. Whether forced into it by USC’s horrendous defense or plain feelin’ it, Steve Spurrier could have bankrupted a casino the way he rolled dice against Auburn.

THUMBS DOWN

Defense

You can see the yardage and points and consecutive drives that resulted in touchdowns for yourself. All the Gamecocks’ offense needed was a couple of stops, maybe a turnover or two. Didn’t happen.

Dylan Thompson

As well as he played, his two interceptions and fourth-down incompletion, each in the red zone, were killers. The Gamecocks had to make every possession end in points, and those two left at least six and up to 14 on the field. USC’s defense was not going to help, and Thompson had to be nearly perfect.

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