Hogs Fall to SC 48-22 on the Road

  • Hogs Fall to SC 48-22 on the Road

Hogs Fall to SC 48-22 on the Road

The Arkansas Razorbacks' second-half woes continued in a 48-22 loss at South Carolina Saturday.

SC (4-2, 2-2 SEC) put up its highest point total in more than three years in upsetting Arkansas at home - relying on a ball-hawking defense that actually found its way into the end zone more often than the Razorbacks' error-prone offense.

The Razorbacks (2-3, 0-2) have lost five of their last seven games dating back to last season.

Arkansas, favored by a field goal, managed two fourth-quarter touchdowns with backup quarterback Cole Kelley, a breakdown that Muschamp, a defensive coordinator before and after a failed top job at Florida, called "embarrassing".

Moore's interception - the 13th of his stellar collegiate career - put SC ahead 27-10 with 8:33 remaining in the third quarter.

But the turnovers were just the tipping point of what was a dominating defensive performance.

It's probably not what David Williams had hoped for in his return back to Williams-Brice Stadium.

T.J. Brunson added another defensive score four minutes of game time later.

The Gamecocks broke a 10-point game open in the third quarter.

Arkansas averaged just 2.8 a carry and only picked up 10 first downs through three quarters until SC essentially took out its first-team defense.

After that, the defense would smother the Razorbacks. SC would take a touchdown lead at halftime when quarterback Jake Bentley hit Bryan Edwards for a 13-yard strike, making it 17-10.

On Arkansas' next drive, after SC safety Steven Montac had a fumble return for an apparent score called back, Gamecocks linebacker T.J. Brunson grabbed another fumble and returned it 73 yards for a touchdown to make it 34-10.

Allen found Jordan Jones for a 5-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter to make it a 10-10 game.

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After notching its fourth victory, SC looks likely to go to a bowl for the second year in a row under Muschamp. A trip to Knoxville, Tennessee to take on unranked Tennessee.

A healthy Dowdle going forward, combined with the power running of Ty'Son Williams (eight carries for 35 and a 3-yard touchdown reception), could be a big help in finally getting the offense closer to what fans expected coming into the season. At a team practice on Thursday, freshman offensive lineman Trey Smith and sophomore defensive end Darrell Taylor got into a huge fight - with Taylor allegedly kicking at Smith and punching him in the face. Bailey has missed the last three weeks and Helms the last two.