South Carolina Gamecocks

South Carolina Gamecocks: Takeaways From the Loss to Texas A&M

The South Carolina Gamecocks fell to the Texas A&M Aggies 26-23. The Gamecocks are now 3-3 on the season, 2-3 in the SEC. Deebo Samuel led the team with 88 receiving yards and one touchdown.

For Texas A&M, QB Kellen Mond finished with 353 yards passing and one touchdown.

The South Carolina Gamecocks are off next week.

TAKEAWAYS FROM LOSS TO TEXAS A&M

PASSING GAME WAS BRUTAL

I am not going to go on and on about Jake Bentley. That particular horse is already dead, and I don’t need to beat on it anymore. However, his wide receivers did him no favors today. I lost count at about six dropped passes. Deebo Samuel, Bryan Edwards, Shi Smith all dropped bug pass plays that could have been game changers.

The play calling by OC Bryan McClendon was suspect as well. He called a “sprint out” with Bentley on at least five occasions. The next time that play is successful will be the first.

I don’t know what the answer is. I just know the receivers gave Bentley enough excuses to survive accountability this week.

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YOUNG DEFENDERS

The young defenders showed up for the Gamecocks this week. Sherrod Greene, Aaron Sterling, Brad Johnson, Jaycee Horn, and Keir Thomas all stood out for me. Greene led the team with 12 tackles. Sterling and Johnson both recorded sacks. It was nice to see them show up. The result wasn’t satisfactory. However, those reps will pay off in 2019 and beyond.

TIME OF POSSESSION MATTERS

Texas A&M held the ball for 41.5 minutes. South Carolina had the ball for 18.5. The Aggies killed off six minutes of game clock on their final TD drive. An inability to get off the field on third down has been killer for the Gamecocks all season.

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