South Carolina — counting on you probably have been born — secured a once-in-a-lifetime upset of Auburn on Saturday.

The Gamecocks (2-2, 2-2 SEC) upended the Fifteenth-ranked Tigers (2-2, 2-2 SEC) in Williams-Brice Stadium, holding off a late comeback to secure a 30-22 win, this technique’s first over Auburn since Dec. 2, 1933, and first as an SEC member. It improves their all-time sequence file to 2-10-1.

Will Muschamp needed a full-team effort from his avid gamers to earn his first win over Auburn: Quarterback Collin Hill achieved 15 of 24 passes for 144 yards and one touchdown with one interception, and added one different score on the underside. An affect run sport led by Kevin Harris (25 carries, 83 yards, two touchdowns) and Deshaun Fenwick (12 carries, 68 yards) helped the Gamecocks to realize important touchdowns as correctly.

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Nonetheless South Carolina’s safety had possibly the most effective affect throughout the sport: It restricted sophomore quarterback Bo Nix to 24-of-47 passing for 272 yards and a touchdown, and it moreover nabbed three interceptions. Tigers working once more Tank Bigsby was great, dashing 16 events for 111 yards and a score, however it certainly wasn’t ample to beat Nix’s turnovers.

A late Auburn defensive stop gave the Tigers a chance to ship the game to extra time, nonetheless their 11-play, 71-yard drive fell temporary on the South Carolina 9 when Nix didn’t convert on fourth down as time expired.

With that, listed beneath are three points we realized from South Carolina’s upset victory:

Bo Nix is struggling

The earlier five-star recruit and son of Auburn legend Patrick Nix has struggled mightily throughout the closing three video video games, by which the Tigers are 1-2. He has two touchdown passes to four interceptions, a 53.9 completion share (62 of 115) and 5.5 yards per transfer attempt. Nix, listed as a dual-threat QB, hasn’t been able to depend upon his dashing talent, each: He has 41 makes an try for 141 yards — a 3.four yard-per-carry frequent — and one score.

Is that ample for Auburn coach Gus Malzahn to ponder shifting on from the sophomore? Perhaps it’s too early, nonetheless Malzahn’s offenses work biggest after they’ve a game-breaking quarterback working them. If Malzahn can’t get some enchancment spherical Nix throughout the coming video video games, he’ll should ponder that chance additional with each passing week.

Fortuitously for Auburn, it faces Ole Miss and LSU in its subsequent two video video games: These defenses have given up a median of 43.5 elements per sport.

Auburn is out of the College Soccer Playoff race

That lots is given, even on this COVID-19-affected season: No group has ever misplaced two video video games and made the last word four-team Playoff. That talked about, there’s nonetheless hundreds left for Auburn to play for, as far as the postseason is anxious.

The ultimate time Auburn started 2-2 was in 2016, and even then, three of the Tigers’ four opponents have been ranked: No. 2 Clemson, No. 17 Texas A&M and No. 18 LSU. The good news is that, after starting 1-2 that yr, Malzahn’s group responded with six wins to finish 8-5 and face Oklahoma throughout the Sugar Bowl.

If the Tigers want to maintain themselves in competitors for a good bowl — even maybe a New Yr’s Day 6 bowl — then they’ve to answer equally to that 2016 group. A controversial win over Arkansas  on Oct. 10 retains {{that a}} threat, nonetheless any hope of salvaging this season begins with a go to to Vaught Hemingway to sort out Ole Miss.

Jaycee Horn confirmed out at glorious events

Earlier to Saturday’s sport, the junior cornerback — no matter garnering consideration as a potential early-round NFL Draft select — had no interceptions, two compelled fumbles, 25 transfer deflections and three sacks in two-plus seasons.

Horn was targeted eight events by Nix on Saturday, allowing solely two completions and breaking up 5 passes. He moreover secured two of the Gamecocks’ three interceptions, even when matched up in opposition to Auburn’s fundamental receiver, Seth Williams.

It was the right time for Horn to tug down his first career INTs and for his stat line to match his diploma of play on the sector.


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