South Carolina defeated Florida 28-20 on Saturday. Here are grades for the game:
- Quarterback: D+ -- Jake Bentley had his roughest day since earning the starting job last season. He threw a career-high three interceptions and missed a few throws throughout the game. He did rush for 14 yards and two touchdowns with 249 passing yards, the fourth most he’s thrown for this season.
- Running back: A -- A.J. Turner and Mon Denson both had stellar days, each rushing for career highs: Turner with 136 and Denson with 61 yards. Denson also scored the first two touchdowns of his career. As a team, the Gamecocks rushed for a season-high 220 yards and averaged 4.7 yards a carry.
- Wide receivers/Tight ends: B+ -- OrTre and Shi Smith continue to improve week to week, combining for six catches and 86 yards. OrTre led the team in receiving yards for the first time in his young career, and Hayden Hurst continues to haul down passes left and right (five catches for 59 yards).
Jacob August also had a great seal block to spark Denson’s second touchdown run.
- Offensive line: B+ -- After struggling to start the season, it seems like the offensive line is coming into its own down the stretch. The Gamecocks have rushed for at least 150 yards in four of the last five games and over 200 yards twice in that span. Saturday the Gamecocks rushed for 220 yards and four touchdowns.
Bentley was sacked three times, though.
- Defensive line: A+ -- Yes, the defensive line had seven sacks against Tennessee, but Saturday was the most dominant that unit’s looked all season. Will Muschamp said it had 17 hits on the quarterback, and Taylor Stallworth had five quarterback hurries.
The four sacks were the second most in a game this season, tying the performance in the season opener against N.C. State.
- Linebackers: B -- It was a lighter statistical day for T.J. Brunson and Skai Moore, picking up just two tackles, but the two were able to get back and disrupt the quarterback a few times. They also dropped back in coverage a lot and didn’t allow much in terms of big plays.
- Secondary: B -- Playing a little more man-to-man coverage than usual with Travaris Robinson dialing up pressure pretty often, they played very solid. They picked up an interception and had six pass breakups. Rashad Fenton also led the team with six tackles.
Florida quarterbacks Malik Zaire and Feleipe Franks combined to complete less than 50 percent of their passes for 223 yards.
- Special teams: B -- Parker White still hasn’t hit more than two field goals from over 40 yards, missing a 47-yarder Saturday to go 2-for-11 from 40-plus yards. Charlton had four punts, downing one inside the 20-yard line, and Chris Lammons had one good punt return for 22 yards.