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South Carolina in control of UNC, world awaits Clowney act

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South Carolina got off to a fast start but somehow North Carolina is managing to stick around at halftime. As the teams broke for halftime South Carolina holds a 20-7 lead on the Tar Heels, and we have yet to see a real standout performance from one of the game’s top players.

South Carolina receiver Shaq Rolland gets credit for the first touchdown of the 2013 season,hauling in a deep pass down the middle of the field from Connor Shaw just 79 seconds in to the game. South Carolina built a 17-0 lead by the end of the first quarter with a field goal from Elliott Fry and a 29-yard pass from Dylan Thompson to Kane Whitehurst. Thompson had come in after Shaw went head over heels running the football and needed a breather. Shaw has already showed a need to work on sliding when running after taking a couple of rougher hits than he may have needed to take.

North Carolina’s up-tempo offense did little than get off the field quickly until the second quarter. Bryn Renner connected with Quinshad Davis from four yards out to get the Tar Heels on the board and the defense started to settle down against the Gamecocks. North Carolina managed to find ways to bring pressure to Shaw and forced him to get rid of the football on the move, largely unsuccessfully.

South Carolina’s overall athleticism and strength is showing to be a difference early on. The Gamecocks have more than doubled UNC’s offensive production (260 yards to 112 yards, unofficially) but the Gamecocks also have twice as many penalties and were unable to take advantage of a muffed punt.

You will notice I have not mentioned Jadeveon Clowney. He has not been much of a factor, at least not nearly to the level of anticipation most of us may have had. Still, it is far too early to start suggesting he should have sat out the 2013 season and focused on training for the NFL. But we shall wait. After all, good things come to those who wait, right?

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21 Responses to “South Carolina in control of UNC, world awaits Clowney act”
  1. meatchickenstillsucks says: Aug 29, 2013 8:23 PM

    Braxton Miller has NOTHING to worry about in the heisman race with this CLOWN….

  2. alligatorsnapper says: Aug 29, 2013 8:57 PM

    Clowney will have his time to shine. It may come very soon. I just hope he remains healthy and is not injured this season and can enter his career in the NFL in sound body.

    Best to USC, not that they need any encouragement, they have it all well in control.

    Go Gamecocks!

  3. thelastwordyaheard says: Aug 29, 2013 8:58 PM

    ^^^looking forward to seeing OSU & their soft schedule get to Pasadena & get embarrassed by an SEC team ..this year’s Notre Dame

  4. necr0philia says: Aug 29, 2013 9:04 PM

    Not a fan of the SEC just college football in general. I do agree “IF” OSU does make it to the big game they will be another ND! I would much rather see Oregon or Clemson get there! Anyway South Carolina is doing what I predicted “KILLING” it!

  5. dkhhuey says: Aug 29, 2013 9:11 PM

    One game at a time fellas!!! Last time OSU took on an SEC team – I believe it was a victory! Now we have Urban, a great coaching staff, an insane strength man, a great offense, Braxton Miller, and a faster, more aggressive defense!!! Bring it!!!

    Oregon?!?! Seriously – they have lost to big teams just about every single time they’ve played! All feathers and fluff until they run into a big time defense and then they fold!

  6. alligatorsnapper says: Aug 29, 2013 9:15 PM

    Lightning may help UNC regroup here. Apparently, the game cannot resume until 30 minutes after the last lightning strike. Well….lightning keeps striking every few minutes so that pushes the start back another 30 minutes and so on.

    I like what I am seeing in USC at this point.

    ESPN will probably switch over the Ole Miss and Vandy and just have a game ongoing and then switch back to USC and UNC when the 30 minutes elapses?

  7. wvfinfanatic says: Aug 29, 2013 9:15 PM

    In no way shape or form did UNC have a chance against SC. The barometer for how good the SEC is this year coming in the TCU vs LSU game sat. SEC, BIG 12, BIG 10, and PAC 12..in that order.

  8. thefiesty1 says: Aug 29, 2013 9:17 PM

    Lightning delay…so move on to another game. ESPN tooting their own horn rather than showing another game.

  9. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: Aug 29, 2013 9:41 PM

    This game has now been suspended longer than John Manziel.

  10. gborange says: Aug 29, 2013 10:02 PM

    Unless Clowney kills at least 3 QBs and injures another half dozen he will fall short of media expectations. He is a great player but he has been hyped up to the greatest of all time because of one hit he made on a play that he wasn’t even blocked.

  11. thebigtim2012 says: Aug 29, 2013 10:12 PM

    While I agree that no player could ever live up to the hype clowney has received I’m pretty sure it wasn’t a matter of “he wasn’t blocked” as he got to the hole and made the tackle before any player had a chance at blocking him. It was his quickness that allowed “The Hit” to happen.

  12. Anoesis says: Aug 29, 2013 10:28 PM

    Was Clowney grabbing his left hamstring on the sideline just before the game was suspended? Looked like he was walking with a bit of a limp, too.

  13. amosalanzostagg says: Aug 29, 2013 10:29 PM

    gborange,

    In the Michigan game, the right guard pulled to open the hole. Clowney executed a perfect bull rush untouched based on pure unadulterated speed. He has been timed at 4.46 was is unheard of in a defensive end.

  14. dkhhuey says: Aug 29, 2013 10:30 PM

    I had to turn the channel – I couldn’t take the every single step coverage of Clowney! If he makes a great play – by all means cover it and discuss it… however, to show every single snap highlighting him even when he gets blocked out of it was way over the top…

  15. amosalanzostagg says: Aug 29, 2013 10:41 PM

    wvfinfanatic wrote on: Aug 29, 2013 9:15 PM

    In no way shape or form did UNC have a chance against SC. The barometer for how good the SEC is this year coming in the TCU vs LSU game sat. SEC, BIG 12, BIG 10, and PAC 12..in that order.
    ________________________________

    The Big 12? What drugs are you on? LSU is may be the third best team in it’s own division, may be the fourth or fifth best in the conference.

    SEC, Pac12 and B1G are equal, then maybe the Big12, maybe the ACC.

    The knock against the B1g 12 is that it is a regional conference with Two dominate programs in OU and Texas and not much else. It doesn’t help nationally when your co-champions are embarrassed in their respective bowl and your bell cow program, Texas is embarrassed on national TV by OU. Look how poorly the Big12 ended up in recruiting just this last year behind, the SEC, B1G, PAC12, ACC, then the B1g12.

    The Team that could very likely beat Alabama is Stanford.

    RTR

  16. jeff91121 says: Aug 29, 2013 10:53 PM

    In the Michigan game, the right guard pulled to open the hole. Clowney executed a perfect bull rush untouched based on pure unadulterated speed. He has been timed at 4.46 was is unheard of in a defensive end.

    Yawn.

    4.46 timed by hand, reported by a teammate. Completely meaningless.

  17. jeff91121 says: Aug 29, 2013 10:56 PM

    While I agree that no player could ever live up to the hype clowney has received I’m pretty sure it wasn’t a matter of “he wasn’t blocked” as he got to the hole and made the tackle before any player had a chance at blocking him. It was his quickness that allowed “The Hit” to happen.

    I am not pretty sure, I am completely sure that Clowney was unblocked on the play that culminated in “the hit”. You seriously need to watch the o-line during that play. Notice how Clowney did nothing the whole game except for one splash play? Lewan, the left tackle Clowney was up against had Clowney well in hand the whole game.

  18. barkleyblows says: Aug 29, 2013 11:34 PM

    Another overrated SECheat clown. Shocking

  19. irishdodger says: Aug 29, 2013 11:35 PM

    Clowney is a freak & a bona fide #1 pick but Jeff is right, Taylor Lewan neutralized Clowney in the bowl game. Anyone can see that Clowney was unblocked on the overhyped YouTube clip.

  20. jonanthans says: Aug 30, 2013 2:46 AM

    Clowney had 1 play against Michigan that has hyped him up way more than necessary.. He is good but not great..He disappears in games completely..he was handled one-on-one all night by NCs LT..If any NFL team is stupied enough o waste a #1 pick on this guy they deserve to suck for the next 10 years..Aaron Curry 2.0

  21. dgbk says: Aug 30, 2013 11:55 AM

    aaron curry 2.0 lol… mario williams 2.0 maybe but come on…… if u don’t like him just say u don’t like him.

    he is a great player though other then the ridiculous hype placed apon him this season he has lived up to the hype of being highly recruited out of highschool…. stats don’t always paint a defensive players impact on a game…. was he lights out against unc no…. but there were several screen at clowney plays to neutralize him where the unc qb made horrible throws.

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