CFN: Carolina/Vandy Post Game Analysis

College Football News, an affiliate of, recaps South Carolina's 31-13 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday afternoon.

South Carolina 31 Vanderbilt 13

South Carolina turned it over four times, but outgained Vandy 327 yards to 253 and forced three turnovers of its own. Syvelle Newton threw a two-yard touchdown pass to Sidney Rice and a 23-yard scoring pass to Kenny McKinley, and ran for a seven-yard score in the third to help USC pull away. Mike Davis put it out of reach with a 15-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. The Commodores struggled all game long to generate any consistent offense, but was able to capitalize on mistakes to stay in the game with a 13-yard Chris Nickson scoring run and two Bryan Hahnfeldt field goals.

Player of the game: South Carolina LB Jasper Brinkley made seven tackles, broke up two passes, and made three tackles for loss.

Stat Leaders:


Passing: Chris Nickson, 4-15, 76 yds, 2 INT
Rushing: Chris Nickson, 14-70, 1 TD
Receiving: Earl Bennett, 4-16

South Carolina:

Passing: Syvelle Newton, 11-18, 133 yds, 2 TD, 1 INT
Rushing: Cory Boyd, 22-113
Receiving: Sidney Rice, 7-89

Whoopty doo. What does it all mean Basil?

South Carolina got a great game from its defense against Vanderbilt to make up for an uneven and sloppy game from the offense. Even with all the mistakes, Syvelle Newton played well moving the chains, converting 8 of 11 third down chances. The defense was camped out in the Commodore backfield all game long, and will have to do more of the same to stay with Tennessee next week.

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