Monday, December 27, 2010

2010 Lookback--South Carolina

Hope everyone had a Merry Christmas. We're continuing our season review of 2010. Today it's game #4, the OBC and the Gamecocks.

Going in...Auburn was facing a tough opponent at home again. Our Tigers already seemed battle tested, but Spurrier had the Gamecocks looking tough with a home victory over Georgia. Frosh RB Marcus Lattimore was the real deal. Alshon Jeffrey looked like a rising star. Stephen Garcia looked like he needed a shower.

What Happened...Once again, Auburn spotted an opponent a two touchdown lead, but took total crontrol of the game in the second half, forcing 4 turnovers in the fourth quarter, Spurrier amazingly pulled Garcia in favor of his freshman QB with a haircut that would make Johnny Unitis proud. He threw two picks on the final two SC drives.

Cam Newton became the Cam Newton we all hoped he would. Michael Dyer won the battle of freshman running backs.

In other news my wife yelled at me for not changing the battery on a beeping smoke detector in the 4th quarter.

What did it all mean...Auburn suddenly emerged as the challenger to Bama in the SEC West. An offense that was clicking covered up some serious holes in an albeit opportunistic defense. We were all glad that we wouldn't have to see the Gamecocks again ;).

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