- Edward Aschoff, ESPN Staff Writer
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas is up by two scores as it leads South Carolina 24-14 at the half.
Best player of the half: There was a lot of curiosity surrounding how Arkansas running back Dennis Johnson would play after his inconsistency on the field this year. Well, so far, he's been the best player on the field, totally 95 yards rushing and receiving and took a kickoff 98 yards for a touchdown.
Stat of the half: Arkansas' defense came into the game failing to rank higher than seventh in any defensive categories in the SEC. Tonight, the Razorbacks have limited South Carolina to just 49 total yards on 25 plays. The longest plays for the Gamecocks have come from quarterback Connor Shaw -- an 11-yard run and an 11-yard pass.
What Arkansas needs to do: The Hogs just need to keep throwing the ball. A few drops hurt this offense during potential scoring drives, including their last which resulted in a missed field goal after Cobi Hamilton dropped a wide open touchdown pass. But Arkansas has found holes in South Carolina's secondary. Tyler Wilson has passed for 175 yards and two touchdowns to Jarius Wright. More throwing will equal more points for the Hogs.
What South Carolina needs to do: South Carolina's offense isn't getting much done at all, so this team will have to rely on its defense. So far, the defense has been outplayed, giving up 253 yards. The Gamecocks have forced one turnover, which was taken back for a score, but this team has to get more pressure on Tyler Wilson and make him uncomfortable. He will continue to pick this defense apart if he gets as much time in the second half as he did in the first. Without turnovers, South Carolina will have an extremely hard time getting back in this game.
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Arkansas is up by two scores as it leads South Carolina 24-14 at the half.Best player of the half: There was a lot of curiosity surrounding how Arkansas running back Dennis Johnson would play after his inconsistency on the field this year.