CFN Recap: South Carolina - Auburn

College Football News, an affiliate of, analyzes Thursday night's game between the South Carolina Gamecocks and Auburn Tigers.

Auburn 24 ... South Carolina 17

Auburn had to hold on late as South Carolina drive stalled on the five-yard line after a broken up fourth down pass in the end zone to Sidney Rice. In the homecoming for Auburn Kenny Irons, who began his career at USC, he pounded in two one-yard touchdown runs with the second coming on the first play of the fourth quarter to cap an amazing start to the second half. Auburn took up 8:35 on a 17 play drive leading to a John Vaughn field goal, recovered an onside kick, and then held on to the ball for the rest of the third quarter. South Carolina owns the fourth with a long drive of its own going 93 yards in 15 plays culminating in a 25-yard touchdown pass to Jared Cook. Syvelle Newton threw two touchdown passes for USC for the first touchdowns scored this year by an SEC team against the Tiger defense.

Player of the game - Auburn RB Kenny Irons ran 27 times for 117 yards and two touchdowns

Stat Leaders:

Passing: Brandon Cox, 13-19, 180 yds, 1 TD
Rushing: Kenny Irons, 27-117, 2 TD
Receiving: Tommy Trott, 3-31, 1 TD

South Carolina
Passing: Syvelle Newton, 21-35, 240 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Syvelle Newton, 20-44
Receiving: Kenny McKinley, 8-110, 1 TD

Whoopty doo. What does it all mean Basil? ... It's amazing what a little time to work can do. South Carolina did a great job of protecting Syvelle Newton from the fearsome Auburn pass rush, and he came through with a fantastic game. Yeah he was sacked four times, but he also did a great job of getting rid of the ball in a hurry and picking on the weaknesses in the Tiger secondary. Mike Davis and Cory Boyd never got the ground game going, but that wasn't a bad thing considering the success Newton was having with No. 2 receiver option Kenny McKinley. While this was a disappointing loss, it should be a confidence booster going into winnable road games at Kentucky and Vanderbilt.

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