Thursday, August 29, 2013
Instant analysis: South Carolina 27, UNC 10
By Edward Aschoff
South Carolina had to endure a late weather delay, but used an extremely physical running game to overpower North Carolina in the Gamecocks' 27-10 win inside Williams-Brice Stadium Thursday night.
It was over when: With South Carolina already leading 27-10, the game probably should have been called when a weather delay stopped play halfway through the fourth quarter. The Gamecocks eventually sealed things when they forced North Carolina into a three-and-out that concluded with a 22-yard sack by Kelcy Quarles on the Heels' first drive after the delay.
Game ball goes to: South Carolina running back Mike Davis had a nice coming out party as the Gamecocks' new starting running back. He carried the ball 12 times for 115 yards and a 75-yard touchdown to put South Carolina up 27-10 during the third quarter.
Stat of the game: Despite running 86 plays to South Carolina's 66, the Tar Heels were out-gained 405-299.
What it means for South Carolina: The Gamecocks will head into next week's game against Georgia with a tough victory under their belt. South Carolina was sloppy at times, but the Gamecocks were able to work some kinks out. However, this team has to shore up some play in the secondary and get a lot more from Jadeveon Clowney, who was a non-factor for most of the night.
What it means for UNC: It's another loss for the ACC at the hands of the SEC. UNC's offense made some plays here and there, but there just wasn't enough consistency. The Tar Heels also saw their defensive line get overwhelmed all night. That can't happen going forward. The defensive line has to improve or this defense could be in for a long season.