COLLEGE STATION, Texas — South Carolina played about as well as they have all year Saturday in College Station, but in the end fell just short to Texas A&M. Despite putting together their best offensive performance of 2015, the Gamecocks dropped a heartbreaker, 35-28.
Perry Orth completed 15 of his 24 pass attempts and looked efficient much of the day, but a pick six by Donovan Wilson was devastating. The Gamecocks piled up 253 rushing yards, including 128 from Brandon Wilds. Orth even got in on the rushing action, matriculating down the field 66 yards on an early quarterback draw.
While South Carolina did have its best day of the season on offense, the defense continued to struggle. The Gamecocks have made a habit of allowing average quarterbacks to have Heisman like performances.
Texas A&M started true freshman Kyler Murray on Saturday, and despite having never started a college game, he accounted for 379 yards and two touchdowns without a turnover.
Even without the stellar performance of Murray, the Aggies had a solid rushing contribution from Tra Carson with 122 yards. Texas A&M came into Saturday looking vulnerable, especially against a South Carolina team which had been re-energized coming off a bye week. The Gamecocks now must regroup just to make it to a bowl game.
With another road game this week, and being at Tennessee at that, the Gamecocks simply cannot afford to make any more mistakes.
Reach James Inabinet at 803-635-4016.