Clemson - Carolina: Scouting Reports

An in-depth look at both sides of the ball headed into Saturday's big game. <BR>

South Carolina
Scouting Report: Offense
After scoring 35 points against Arkansas the week before, South Carolina struggled to move the ball and score points against a so-so Florida defense. The Gamecocks finished with just 279 yards, allowed three sacks and seven tackles for loss and threw four interceptions. Florida held South Carolina's leading rusher, Demetris Summers, to 53 yards on 10 carries and held South Carolina's leading receiver, Troy Williamson, to just one catch for seven yards, and knocked QB Syvelle Newton out of the game with a sprained ankle.

Scouting Report: Defense
South Carolina entered the Florida game having allowed just seven passing touchdowns all season and giving up just 164.4 passing yards per game. Yet, Florida QB Chris Leak threw for six TD passes, including four for 24 yards or longer. The Gamecocks also failed to record any sacks and registered only two tackles for loss in their worst performance of the season.

Scouting Report: Special Teams
South Carolina kicker Josh Brown has connected on 10-of-13 field goals this year and appears to be a reliable option inside of 45 yards. The Gamecocks rank 107th in the country in kick off return defense, but 8th in the country in punt return defense. South Carolina has struggled on kickoff returns, ranking last in the SEC and 112th in the country in that category (16.36 yds/return).

Clemson
Scouting Report: Offense
The Tigers seemed to find their running game against Miami and ran for 133 yards against Duke. But turnovers, an early season problem, became a problem again last week. QB Charlie Whitehurst threw two interceptions and the team also lost two fumbles. The Tigers currently rank next to last in the ACC in total offense, at 293 yards per game.

Scouting Report: Defense
The Tigers shut down Miami in the second half and then continued with a solid effort against Duke, limiting the Blue Devils to only 21 net yards rushing. Duke did manage 213 yards passing, however.

Scouting Report: Special Teams
Clemson kicker Jad Dean has connected on 9-of-12 field goals this year, but the Clemson return game, led by Justin Miller, is one of the team's primary strengths. The Tigers rank 3rd in the ACC (28th nationally) in punt returns, and 2nd in the ACC (5th nationally) in kickoff returns.

Quotes to Note
"I don't think you can ever change what happened last year. I just hope the players will take it personally as a challenge." -- South Carolina coach Lou Holtz on using last year's 63-17 loss to Clemson as motivation to prepare well for Saturday's game against Clemson.

"We have struggled more so offensively probably since I have been a head coach." -- Coach Tommy Bowden

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