Saturday, October 29, 2011
Halftime: South Carolina 7, Tennessee 3
By Edward Aschoff
There hasn't been much offense so far in Knoxville, Tenn., as South Carolina entered the half with a 7-3 lead over Tennessee.
The Volunteers are down to third-string quarterback Justin Worley, who made his first career start Saturday, while the Gamecocks are dealing with life after monster running back Marcus Lattimore went down with a season-ending knee injury.
Tennessee coach Derek Dooley didn't waste time getting Worley's arm going — the true freshman has attempted 20 passes already, completing nine. He had 99 yards at the half and hadn't turned the ball over.
Worley has looked very much like a freshman at times, but has made some nice throws, too. It hasn't been easy with South Carolina's talented defense coming at him, but Worley has been better than expected.
As for South Carolina, the Gamecocks had just 141 total yards of offense in the first half. Quarterback Connor Shaw passed for 73 of those yards and the only touchdown of the game, a 23-yard strike to Rory Anderson.
Brandon Wilds, who is starting in place of Lattimore, has rushed for 42 yards and has 31 yards receiving. One thing that definitely stands out is that star Gamecocks receiver Alshon Jeffery has just one catch for 8 yards and he limped off of the field heading into the half. If South Carolina wants to put some more points on the board, Jeffery has to get the ball in his hands.