Although time of possession is sometimes considered a meaningless statistic, the fear of facing South Carolina is the offense of Coach Steve Spurrier. It was comforting for Alabama to see the Gamecocks' offensive unit over on the shady sideline for 37:07; South Carolina's offense had it only 22:53.
Alabama had 23 first downs–18 rushing, 5 passing. The Gamecocks had 14 first downs–5 rushing, 7 passing, and 2 by penalty.
It was a relatively penalty-free game. South Carolina, which was not penalized at all in its game at Alabama last year, was flagged only four times for only 25 yards. Bama was hit only twice–on consecutive fourth quarter plays–for a total of 20 yards.
Bama ran the ball 52 times for 338 yards while holding South Carolina to 71 yards on 19 carries.
Bama completed 13 of 22 passes with no interceptions for 151 yards. The Gamecocks were good on 21 of 39 passes with one interception (by Simeon Castille) for 158 yards.
Alabama had total offense of 74 plays for 489 yards, an average of 6.6 yards per play. South Carolina had 58 plays for 256 yards, 4.4 yards per play.
Bama fumbled only one time and did not lose a fumble. The Gamecocks fumbled five times, but lost only one (DeMeco Ryans causing it and Rudy Griffin recovering).
The Tide was successful in converting 10 of 17 third down plays and was also good on its only fourth down try. South Carolina was held to 4 of 12 on third downs and converted one of its two fourth down attempts.
Kenneth Darby had 20 rushes for 145 net yards, an averaged of 7.3 yards per carry, and one touchdown. Glen Coffee had 15 carries for 75 yards. Tyrone Prothro was almost non-existent as a pass receiver and kick return man, but had three rushes for 64 yards. Quarterback Brodie Croyle is not expected to run the ball, but had four carries for 28 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown run on Bama's first possession. Jimmy Johns had three runs for 13 yards, Tim Castille five rushes for 12 yards, and LéRon McClain one for three.
Croyle hit 12 of 21 passes for 115 yards, while John Parker Wilson hit his only pass, a 36-yard touchdown that was the first of his college career.
Keith Brown had that touchdown reception and also had one from Croyle as he finished with three catches for 91 yards. D.J. Hall had three receptions for 41 yards, McClain three for 13 yards, Brandon Brooks one for nine, Zeke Knight one for three, Darby one for minus two, and Prothro one for minus four.
Jeremy Schatz had punting duties and averaged 39 yarfds on his three punts.
Jamie Christensen hit all three of his field goal attempts–41 yards, 29 yards, and 27-yards–and all four of his extra point kicks.
Roman Harper turned in five solo tackles with one assist and had one tackle for loss. Demeco Ryans had three solos and an assist, Juwan Simpson two and three, Freddie Roach three and one, Anthony Madison three and one, Charlie Peprah two and one, Simeon Castille two and one including a 17-yard sack, Wallace Gilberry two solo including a one-yard loss, and Marcell Stamps two solo. Demarcus Waldrop had two assists. Making one tackle each were Brandon Brooks, Zeke Knight, Ramzee Robinson, Keith Saunders, Cory Reamer, Chris Harris (for a two-yard loss), Chris Keys. Assisting on one each were Jeremy Clark, J.P. Adams, Mark Anderson, and Jeffrey Dukes.
Freddie Roach, Simeon Castille, and Ramzee Robinson each had two pass break-ups and J.P. Adams and Bobby Greenwood had one each. Simpson, Peprah and Adams had quarterback hurries.