Josh Kendall

There is a silver lining in South Carolina’s less-than-stellar season

Florida loss ‘gnaws at us ... fuels us’ moving forward, Gamecock senior says

South Carolina football senior offensive lineman Zack Bailey talks about the motivation the Gamecocks have had since dropping a lead against Florida and how USC is using that for the rest of the season.
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South Carolina football senior offensive lineman Zack Bailey talks about the motivation the Gamecocks have had since dropping a lead against Florida and how USC is using that for the rest of the season.

We all missed a positive milestone amidst the wreckage of South Carolina’s deflating 35-31 loss to Florida last week.

Coming on the heels of the Gamecocks 48-44 win over Ole Miss, it marked the first time under head coach Will Muschamp that South Carolina has scored more than 30 points in back-to-back games. It’s only the second time the Gamecocks have done it in any games.

The defense may be hanging on by a thread, but South Carolina’s offense is getting better. Under first-year offensive coordinator Bryan McClendon, the Gamecocks are averaging 31 points, 160 rushing yards and 250.7 passing yards per game. All three numbers are the highest since Muschamp took over the program in 2016.

“I think the offense as a whole it kind of gave us a boost to play well (against Florida),” quarterback Jake Bentley said. “At the end of the day though, we didn’t win. We had the opportunity to win the game and go score, and we didn’t. That’s the glaring thing for sure.”

Still, South Carolina is fifth in the SEC in scoring and sixth in total offense.

“The way we are scoring points is how we want to play no matter what,” Muschamp said. “We want to be high-powered on offense and score a lot of points.”

The concern of many USC fans when Muschamp was hired was that his inability to field a first-rate offense during his time as Florida’s head coach was a sign that he was unable to do that. This year has proven those worries unfounded.

Now, about that defense.

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