Saturday, September 24, 2011
South Carolina eating up Vandy offense
By Edward Aschoff
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- If Vanderbilt is going to crawl back into this game, its offense has to get something going -- and quick.
After the first two drives, Vanderbilt had just 12 yards on seven plays. Eleven of them came on a run by Zac Stacy. With the Commodores trailing 21-3, the defense needs a lot of help because South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore is starting to wear down this unit.
On the night, Vandy quarterback Larry Smith has just 44 yards passing and the running game has produced zero net yards on 19 attempts.
South Carolina just had a touchdown wiped off the board and missed a field goal, but should the Gamecocks really be worried? Vanderbilt can't move the ball. The longest play for Vanderbilt is a 17-yard run by Smith. Bubble screens aren't working, running certainly isn't and Smith doesn't have enough time to get the ball down the field thanks to the tremendous effort from South Carolina's defensive line.
Honestly, I'm not sure how Vandy can come back at this point without getting points directly off turnovers.
Oh, and how about that? South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney forces Smith to fumble and South Carolina has the ball at Vandy's 31.