Josh Kendall

Gamecocks have been outscored by HOW MUCH in the first half?

South Carolina has trailed at halftime in four of its five SEC games, including the last three straight, and the Gamecocks spent part of their off week trying to figure out why.

“It’s there. We’ve talked about it,” quarterback Jake Bentley said. “It’s just a matter of being ready to go from the first whistle to the last, having the same mindset.”

Against Kentucky, Missouri and Texas A&M, South Carolina was outscored 60-17. It dropped the games against the Wildcats and Aggies but rallied to beat the Tigers in the second half.

“We talk about things as far as getting out of the gate quick in a game if we can,” Gamecocks head coach Will Muschamp said. “I think on sides of the ball we’ve played well in starts, but not overall. That’s something we need to continue to talk about in the organization and what we need to do to get out of the gates quicker.”

South Carolina’s opponent this week, Tennessee, also has been troubled by slow starts. The Volunteers have been outscored 69-16 in first quarters this year, giving the Gamecocks a chance to strike early this week.

“It’s important to get out to a fast start, especially when you’re 3-3,” Muschamp said.

Score by quarters in 2018

1st quarter

USC: 41

Opponent: 37

2nd quarter

USC: 34

Opponent: 60

3rd quarter

USC: 64

Opponent: 27

4th quarter

USC: 34

Opponent: 31