South Carolina: A Numerical Perspective
THE SOUTH CAROLINA GAMECOCKS: A NUMERICAL PERSPECTIVE
The South Carolina Gamecocks are still trying to establish a new identity without Jadeveon Clowney and Connor Shaw. So far this season, Thompson has done a lot more than the defense to command respect and attention from opponents. Here is a glimpse inside the profile South Carolina crafted last season, part of the program’s resurgence under Steve Spurrier, a man who – for all the ways in which he loves the passing game – has had to rely more on running the ball and defense to succeed in Columbia:
SITUATIONAL WIN-LOSS RECORDS IN 2013 (FBS ONLY)
Record when having more first downs than an opponent: 6-0.
Statistical tie (zero differential in first downs): 1-0
Record when having more yards than an opponent: 7-1.
Record when having more rushing yards than an opponent: 7-1.
Record when having more passing yards than an opponent: 5-0.
Record when having more penalties than an opponent: 4-1.
Statistical tie: 1-1.
Record when having more turnovers than an opponent: 3-2.
Statistical tie: 1-0.
Record when having more time of possession than an opponent: 5-0.
Less time of possession: 4-2.
BALL SECURITY AND FUMBLE LUCK.
Fumbles in 2013: 19.
Fumbles lost: 13 – and yet, the Gamecocks lost only twice.
Interceptions thrown: 4 – this helps explain why the Gamecocks overcame 13 fumbles.
TAKEAWAYS ON DEFENSE
Defensive fumbles recovered: 12 recoveries of 17 fumbles by opponents.
Interceptions made: 18 – this also helped the Gamecocks a great deal in 2013.
DRIVE STARTS IN AN OPPONENT’S TERRITORY
Drives starting in an opponent’s half of the field (including the 50-yard line): 21.
Conference rank (SEC) in number of drive starts in an opponent’s half of the field: fifth out of 14 teams.
Points scored on these drives, assuming seven points for all touchdowns, regardless of PAT or conversion outcomes: 107 – 14 touchdowns, 3 field goals.
Territorial breakdown of drives and outcomes: 10 drives from the 50 to the opponent’s 36 – 5 touchdowns, 1 field goal; 9 drives from the 35 to the 21 – 7 touchdowns, 2 field goals; 2 possessions starting in the red zone – 2 touchdowns.
Conference rank (SEC) in number of points scored on drives starting in an opponent’s half of the field: 3rd.
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