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*** USC (1-2) vs. #15/14 Auburn (2-1) Game Thread ***

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The South Carolina Gamecocks (1-2) return to the friendly confines of Williams-Brice Stadium this week as they play host to the No. 15/14 Auburn Tigers (2-1) on Saturday, Oct. 17. Game time is set for noon ET and the contest will be televised on ESPN.
 
OVER THE AIRWAVES: Dave Pasch will serve as the play-by-play voice for ESPN with Greg McElroy providing the analysis. Holly Rowe will handle the sideline reporting. The familiar voices of Gamecock Greats Todd Ellis and Tommy Suggs handle the call for the Gamecock Radio Network with Jamar Nesbit on the sidelines.

https://gamecocksonline.com/news/2020/10/16/football-carolina-hosts-no-15-14-auburn-saturday.aspx

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1 hour ago, Ace Dilcock said:

Horrible call to start off with. Gwynn did not hold, he just stayed on his block when the guy turned around. But the referee saw the guy on the ground and flew the flag.

And no comment from the announcers.

That was a terrible call.  They talked forever because I think the head ref was like you better be 100% sure before taking off that TD. 

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Well, the team has been improving on both sides of the ball as the game has progressed. Just scored a touchdown after intercepting AU's QB for the 3rd time thus far. Gamecocks lead 27-19 with about a minute left in the 3rd Qtr.....

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South Carolina holds in a goal-line stand (or close enough, from the SC 15-yd line) in the final seconds, to defeat 15th/14th-ranked Auburn 30-22. The Gamecocks improve to 2-2 on the all-SEC schedule for 2020, while Auburn falls to 2-2.

 

With the victory, the Gamecocks defeat Auburn for the first time since 1933, breaking a losing stretch of 8 games, all since joining the SEC. It's also the 2nd win versus a top-25 ranked opponent since last season's upset of UGA in Athens.

USC rebounded from a sluggish first half on both sides of the ball - the Gamecocks only trailed by 2 16-14 at the half, despite being out-gained in yards 253-119 in the first half, thanks to Auburn stumbling with two 2nd quarter interceptions from Tigers QB Bo Nix. Nix came into the game with only one INT on the season, but was induced into 3 interceptions, with DBs Jaycee Horn and Jaylen Dickerson each recording their first interceptions of their Gamecocks careers.

In the 2nd half, the Gamecocks - not exactly known for major 2nd-half adjustments under Head Coach Will Muschamp - played a stronger game on both offense and defense. The offense out-gained Auburn 161-87 after halftime, with both RBs Kevin Harris and Deshaun Fenrick having strong running efforts. And the Gamecock defense continued to pressure and harass Nix, forcing him to 5 for 12 passing after halftime, with 0 TDs plus the 3rd and final INT for him.

 

South Carolina now prepares for LSU next Saturday in Baton Rouge, LA. The game is set for 7:00 pm eastern, and will be broadcast on ESPN....

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Coach needs to get a handle on all of the out of control trash talking every game, especially from Shi.  It's going to cost us a penalty at some crucial point and or someone getting tossed.  We were fortunate yesterday that we didn't get a penalty when one of our guys intentionally bumped into Nix after the play was over.

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46 minutes ago, Blitzkrieg said:

Coach needs to get a handle on all of the out of control trash talking every game, especially from Shi.  It's going to cost us a penalty at some crucial point and or someone getting tossed.  We were fortunate yesterday that we didn't get a penalty when one of our guys intentionally bumped into Nix after the play was over.

I think teams recognize that Shi is an emotional guy and they will try to exploit it.  Sherwood and Monday started in on him form the first snap.   Not sure if they were trying to get him off his game or provoke him into a penalty, but you are right he needs to learn to control and channel that.  

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