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Halftime: South Carolina has no answers for Texas A&M offense

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If you thought Texas A&M was going to struggle to replace Johnny Manziel under center, Kenny Hill is making you reconsider that feeling tonight in Columbia, South Carolina. Hill has been confident and calm under center and has been accurate in leading Texas A&M to a halftime lead against South Carolina. Texas A&M holds a 31-14 lead at the break.

Hill has completed 27 of 33 pass attempts for 299 yards and two touchdowns without an interception. Texas A&M has done exceptionally well spreading the football around. The Aggies have had nine different players catch a pass and four players carry the football.

South Carolina’s defense has had no answers for Kevin Sumlin‘s Aggies. It does not help that South Carolina’s secondary has been depleted trying to keep up, but whoever has been on the field for the Gamecocks has simply been struggling to keep up with A&M’s receivers. To further complicate things, South Carolina is quickly learning that life without Jadeveon Clowney is difficult, because the Gamecocks have really struggled to bring any pressure on Hill in the Texas A&M backfield.

South Carolina’s star running back Mike Davis did not start the game and has been limited in the first half. At the half, Davis has just six carries for 15 yards.

South Carolina will get the football to start the second half. It is not time to panic, but starting the second half off with a solid drive and a score would sure calm some nerves in Columbia.

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26 Responses to “Halftime: South Carolina has no answers for Texas A&M offense”
  1. bonnovi says: Aug 28, 2014 7:53 PM

    Gamecocks defense doing their best impression of last year’s A&M defense.

  2. moneymike23 says: Aug 28, 2014 7:54 PM

    Why isn’t SEC network available in HD??? Watching this game is hurting my eyes.

  3. burm61 says: Aug 28, 2014 7:55 PM

    Dylan Thompson looks like Blaine Gabbert out there. Nobody within 5 yards of him and he ducks out while throwing. SC just has no answers for A&M’s spread and conditioning.

  4. jrs45 says: Aug 28, 2014 8:03 PM

    moneymike23,

    Do you have direct tv? Mine is in hd.

  5. Hard On For Harden says: Aug 28, 2014 8:03 PM

    Sumlin is quite the offensive wizard. Good for A&M.

  6. moneymike23 says: Aug 28, 2014 8:13 PM

    Time Warner Cable, I guess that explains it.

  7. lsuzilla says: Aug 28, 2014 8:30 PM

    SC looks like a dumpster fire

  8. bender4700 says: Aug 28, 2014 8:39 PM

    SEC Fan: Look how good the SEC is, #9 roughed up by an underrated #21!

    Everyone else: Look how good the pre season rankings aren’t!

  9. canetic says: Aug 28, 2014 8:44 PM

    Let me get out the SEC flow chart here. “If higher ranked SEC team is defeated by a lower ranked SEC team, then issue comment that ‘This shows how tough the SEC is.'” “Ignore fact that the SEC is overrated.”

  10. pgilbert15303 says: Aug 28, 2014 8:48 PM

    Steve… Really? No game planning? It looks like you’ve never seen the spread. A little Defense will be nice.

    You may want to spend some time this weekend watching a Charlie Strong Defense.

    Take notes…

  11. thefiesty1 says: Aug 28, 2014 8:48 PM

    Can’t find it on Time Warner! Jerks.

  12. rabbi187 says: Aug 28, 2014 9:03 PM

    Couple of defensive Juggernauts. I expected A&M to have an explosive offense with all of their weapons, but this is painful.

  13. amosalanzostagg says: Aug 28, 2014 9:07 PM

    canetic,

    One game doesn’t make a season. Let’s see how the rest of the season plays out. It is a conference game that counts in the standings. Sounds like you want to start sounding sour grapes should the SEC have two teams in the initial college football playoff.

  14. overratedgators says: Aug 28, 2014 9:10 PM

    After listening to the SEC Network talking heads thump their chests for four hours talking about how the SEC has the best players, the best teams, the best fans, the best stadiums, yadda, yadda, yadda … It was amusing to suddenly hear the game announcers say “And South Carolina has to be careful … They can’t sleep on EAST CAROLINA next week.”

    Yeah. Some dominance.

  15. canetic says: Aug 28, 2014 9:12 PM

    I don’t care if the SEC has two deserving teams in the playoffs, but I don’t want to see the loser of the SEC Championship game in the playoffs. The SEC champ and a streaking one loss SEC team, ok. But not two-loss Alabama/Auburn/LSU at the expense of a one-loss team (unless it’s Ohio State).

  16. jrs45 says: Aug 28, 2014 9:31 PM

    Worry about your canes loser.

  17. jimr10 says: Aug 28, 2014 9:31 PM

    Glad to see Steve Superoir get his azz whooped.

  18. navyeoddavee9 says: Aug 28, 2014 9:39 PM

    jimr10, like the comment, but it’s superior

  19. Deb says: Aug 28, 2014 9:39 PM

    Is it the killer migraine that has me constantly muting the TV … or was that kind of depressing for an opening game? Not thrilled with runaway offenses. Sure wish the Ol’ Ball Coach could have made a better game of it.

  20. detectivejimmymcnulty says: Aug 28, 2014 9:43 PM

    canetic says:
    Aug 28, 2014 9:12 PM
    I don’t care if the SEC has two deserving teams in the playoffs, but I don’t want to see the loser of the SEC Championship game in the playoffs. The SEC champ and a streaking one loss SEC team, ok. But not two-loss Alabama/Auburn/LSU at the expense of a one-loss team (unless it’s Ohio State).

    As a fan of the SEC by default, I couldn’t agree more. The SEC will get two teams in though, so just be prepared for that.

    Also, no one should ever put stock in preseason rankings.

    Finally, I don’t watch ESPN except for games for the very reason a few stated above. ESPN is LeBron, Manziel, and the SEC basically. It gets realllllllllly old listening to the nonstop hype machine that is the four letter network.

  21. cometkazie says: Aug 28, 2014 9:58 PM

    jrs45 says:
    Aug 28, 2014 8:03 PM
    moneymike23,

    Do you have direct tv? Mine is in hd.
    +-+-+

    My DirectTV is HD.

  22. justafan2014 says: Aug 28, 2014 10:18 PM

    #pounded

  23. jrs45 says: Aug 28, 2014 10:29 PM

    cometkazie,

    My DirectTV is in HD.

  24. kaspauf says: Aug 29, 2014 8:04 AM

    When you have no pass rush whatsoever and an offense that has really only one speed… it spells trouble. SC is really missing the two starters it lost on the D line and two in the secondary but when you have a team that wants to go vertical often not to mention really fast, a zone D is not going to help and they should have gone more man to man.

  25. th56 says: Aug 29, 2014 12:35 PM

    The problem with the SEC is that they made the mistake of letting in a non traditional no huddle hurry up offensive team that is exposing the other teams inability to defend against it. Now these exalted defenses of the SEC don’t look that great anymore.

  26. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 29, 2014 4:12 PM

    A&M didn’t run that offense in the Big 12 and only started it when they hired Sumlin and entered the SEC.

    Auburn did run that offense in 2010 when they won the national title…

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