| Montgomery Advertiser
COLUMBIA, S.C. — No. 14 Auburn had an opportunity to tie the sport late. Fourth down from the South Carolina 12-yard line with 9 seconds to play.
Bo Nix scrambled, however he could not discover anybody open. He was tackled after a 3-yard run, which might have been negated by a penalty anyway.
The Tigers fell, 30-22, to the Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium to fall to 2-2 on the season.
It is Auburn’s first loss to the Gamecocks in eight tries courting all the best way again to 1933.
Listed here are three issues we discovered:
1. Turnovers price Auburn this recreation
Auburn dominated each practically each aspect of the primary half. It outgained South Carolina 253 to 119. It transformed 6 of 9 third downs, in comparison with simply 3 of seven for the house staff. It averaged 4.8 yards per carry to the Gamecocks’ 2.2. It dedicated fewer penalties for fewer yards. It didn’t should punt.
However the Tigers misplaced the turnover battle, 2-0, because of a pair of Bo Nix interceptions. One was his fault, as he didn’t see Jaycee Horn charging in entrance of a well-covered Ze’Vian Capers on third-and-11 to start out the second quarter. The second may have gone both means – the quarterback threw a ball barely behind Seth Williams, who was capable of get his palms on it, however the ball deflected away and Jaylin Dickerson got here up with it.
South Carolina began each ensuing drives in Auburn territory. These have been its solely drives of the primary half that crossed midfield, and each reached the tip zone. Had it not been for these two turnovers, the house staff may need been shut out within the first half. As a substitute, it was only a two-point recreation on the break.
The Tigers drove for a area aim to open the second half, however the Gamecocks have been capable of instantly reply for the go-ahead landing on their first drive of the sport that crossed midfield with out the good thing about a turnover.
South Carolina quarterback Collin Hill threw an interception of his personal within the third quarter, which linebacker Owen Pappoe made a fantastic play to seize off a Christian Tutt deflection, however Nix threw his third interception 5 performs later.
The Gamecocks scored 30 factors Saturday. Twenty-one got here off turnovers.
2. Inconsistency is killing the Tigers
Had you watched solely the primary quarter Saturday, you could be stunned to seek out out Auburn misplaced. As a result of it seemed like the higher staff in the beginning. It marched down the sphere for scores on every of its first two drives to take a 9-0 lead. South Carolina’s first two drives netted minus-12 yards on seven performs and resulted in a pair of punts.
Even when the Gamecocks turned Nix’s first interception right into a landing, Auburn responded instantly with a seven-play, 75-yard drive to push its lead as much as 16-7.
It seemed loads like final week’s dwelling win over Arkansas. The Tigers led that recreation 17-0 early within the second quarter. The protection got here up with stops on the Razorbacks’ first 5 drives. However the guests outscored Auburn 28-13 from there. It took a area aim within the remaining seconds (after a close to turnover on a spike) simply to outlive.
This week, it was South Carolina that outscored Auburn 30-13 after falling behind 9-0 early.
3. Tank Bigsby wants extra touches
For the third straight week, Auburn’s true freshman operating again was the perfect factor occurring offense. He gained 111 yards on 6.9 yards per rush.
However he carried the ball solely 16 occasions. Nix tried 47 passes and rushed 15 extra occasions. The Tigers completed the sport with a 36-47 run-pass break up regardless of main for greater than half of the 60 minutes.
There is no technique to know if establishing Bigsby extra early would have modified something, however on the very least, it appears the Tigers ought to discover out.
Josh Vitale is the Auburn beat author for the Montgomery Advertiser. You may observe him on Twitter at @JoshVitale. To achieve him by electronic mail, click on right here.