Halftime analysis: South Carolina 6, Ole Miss 3

September, 24, 2009
9/24/09
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Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low


COLUMBIA, S.C. – South Carolina leads No. 4-ranked Ole Miss 6-3 at halftime in a battle of field goals. Both teams have made a ton of mistakes.

Here’s a halftime analysis from the game:

Best player of the half: South Carolina senior outside linebacker Eric Norwood raised his SEC-leading sack total to five with a first-quarter sack of Ole Miss quarterback Jevan Snead. Norwood spearheaded a South Carolina pass rush that kept Snead bottled up and limited him to just 30 passing yards in the first half.

Turning point: South Carolina punter Spencer Lanning saved a touchdown when he tripped up Ole Miss’ Marshay Green in the open field in the second quarter. It looked like Green was gone as he cut back across the field, but Lanning made a shoe-string tackle at the South Carolina 31. The Rebels ended up not getting any points after a fake field goal was snuffed out by the Gamecocks.

Stat of the game: The Gamecocks have six penalties for 45 yards in the first half, and all of them were costly. They had their fourth touchdown pass of the season called back on an ineligible man downfield penalty. Prior to that penalty, they had the ball first-and-goal at the Ole Miss 2, but senior center Lemuel Jeanpierre was called for holding, moving the ball back to the 12.

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