Instant Analysis - UNC-South Carolina
Posted Aug 30, 2013

Instant Analysis on the South Carolina win over North Carolina

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The defense stifled a quality offense. The ground game muscled its way to more than 200 yards rushing. The quarterbacks were efficient. Just another vintage victory for South Carolina to kick off the 2013 season.

While everyone is overanalyzing the lackluster performance of Jadeveon Clowney, the real storyline on Thursday night was that the Gamecocks didn't need their mega-star to be Heisman-esque in order to dispose of a pretty good North Carolina team. Clowney is obviously fine, and when he's not gassed by an up-tempo offense in 90-degree heat, it's going to be that much harder to move the ball on the South Carolina D.

The Gamecocks ended the night exactly where they began it, one of the three favorites to represent the East Division in the SEC Championship Game. They're led by a veteran quarterback, Connor Shaw, boast two emerging backs, Mike Davis and Brandon Wilds, and can squeeze offenses as well as anyone in the SEC. It's a time-tested formula that led to a comfortable victory in Columbia tonight, and will pave the way to double-digit wins again this season for head coach Steve Spurrier.

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So... Maybe we cool it a bit with the defensive player for a Heisman hype. Save some money on the billboards.

Jadeveon Clowney was good but hardly the world beater everyone projected. In fact, he looked a little out of breath.

The Gamecocks jumped off to a big start and cruised through a second half lightening delay for a convincing 27-10 win.

Sophomore tailback Mike Davis was the story. Taking over the job from Marcus Lattimore, Davis ran downhill for much of the first quarter, before head coach Steve Spurrier seemed to forget he had a running game.

But in the third quarter, after an impressive UNC drive and field goal cut the lead to 20-10, Davis broke free for a 75 yard scamper to put the Tarheels to bed.

Both Connor Shaw and backup Dylan Thompson had deep touchdown completions. But the Gamecocks stumbled with fits and starts throughout their opener. Perhaps OK for the first game of the season... But for the #6 team in the nation it raises some doubts.

Those will be answered next week when Carolina travels to Athens to play the Dawgs between the hedges.