South Carolina – depending on when you were born – secured Auburn once in a lifetime on Saturday.
The Gamecocks (2-2, 2-2 SEC) picked up the 15th-ranked Tigers (2-2, 2-2 SEC) at Williams-Brice Stadium and came back late to secure a 30-22 victory. from Auburn since 1933 December 2 and primarily as a member of the SEC. This improves their all-time series record to 2-10-1.
Will Muschamp needed the efforts of all the players’ teams to win his first victory against Auburn: Defender Collin Hill made 15 of 24 passes over 144 yards and one effective shot to take over the opponent and add another score on the ground. The Power Run, led by Kevin Harris (25 passes, 83 yards, two passes) and Deshaun Fenwick (12 passes, 68 yards), helped Gamecocks score decisive touches as well.
But South Carolina’s defense had perhaps the biggest impact in the game: it limited second-defender Bo Nix to 24 of 47 passes over 272 yards and a productive shot, as well as holding three intercepted balls. The Tigers running back Tank Bigsby were great, rushing 16 times in 111 meters and the result, but that wasn’t enough to beat Nix’s turnover.
Auburn’s late defensive suspension gave the Tigers a chance to pass the game to overtime, but their 11th and 71st pitches were missing in South Carolina’s 9th match when Nix failed to convert to a fourth goal when time ran out.
These are the three things we learned from the outraged South Carolina victory:
Bo Nixas fights
Former five-star recruiter and Auburn legend Patrick Nix has struggled hard in the last three matches, with the Tigers 1-2. He has two passes for four intercepted results, 53.9 percent (62 out of 115) and 5.5 yards per trial. Nix, included in the double-threat QB, also couldn’t rely on his rush opportunities: he has 41 attempts to make 141 yards – an average of 3.4 yards per pass – and one result.
Is that enough for Auburn coach Gus Malzahn to consider moving on from second year? It may be too early, but Malzahn’s offenses work best when they are triggered by a midfielder breaking the game. If Malzahn can’t improve on Nix in the coming games, he’ll have to consider it more every week.
Luckily for Auburn, she faces Ole Miss and LSU in the next two matches: These defenses scored an average of 43.5 points per game.
Auburn does not compete in the College Football Playoff
So much has been given even in this COVID-19-influenced season: no team has ever lost two matches and made it to the final four-team playoffs. By the way, Auburn still has to play as far as the season is concerned.
The last time Auburn started 2-2 was in 2016, and even then three of Tigers’ four rivals were ranked: No. 2 Clemson, no. 17 Texas A&M and no. 18 LSU. The good news is that starting that year 1-2, the Malzahn team responded with six wins and finished 8-5 and met the Oklahoma Sugar Bowl.
If tigers want to fight for a respectable bowl – perhaps even a New Year’s 6 bowl – they have to answer in a similar way to that of 2016. The team. A controversially won Arkansas October 10 retains this opportunity, but any hope of saving this season begins with a trip to Vaught Hemingway to take Ole Miss.
Jaycee Horn had a great time
Prior to Saturday’s match, the junior winger, despite receiving attention as a possible early-stage NFL Draft choice, had no intercepted competition, two forced errors, 25 passes and three baskets in two seasons.
On Saturday, Nix targeted Horn eight times, allowing only two completions and splitting five passes. He also secured two of the three games taken over by Gamecocks, even compared to Auburn’s main receiver, Seth Williams.
It was the best time for Horn to give up his first career in INT and bring his stats in line with his level of play on the pitch.