South Carolina finds offensive balance in win over Vandy
South Carolina has been an inconsistent football team throughout the year thus far, especially on the offensive side of the ball.
The ground game has been somewhat neutralized, largely due to injuries suffered by Brandon Wilds. Throwing the football has also been an adventure at times as a result of the constant change at the position (also due to injury).
As such, the team hasn’t been able to get into any semblance of a rhythm. With that said, health does wonders for any football team. The return of Wilds to the lineup truly impacted the team in its 19-10 victory over Vanderbilt. Although the point total wouldn’t necessarily indicate it, South Carolina produced its most effective effort offensively in terms of balance on the year.
The Gamecocks accrued a season-high 424 yards of total offense. The sorely-missed Wilds gave South Carolina 119 yards rushing on 24 carries. Quarterback Perry Orth threw for 272 yards, and receiver Pharoh Cooper was the recipient of 160 of those.
If South Carolina can continue to have balance both running and throwing the football, it makes it a much more dangerous team. In turn, it should lead to more consistent play overall.