Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 11/11/12
2012 has been a long season for Arkansas head coach John L. Smith, as the Razorbacks dropped to four and six overall and two and six in SEC play, after a 38-20 loss to eighth ranked South Carolina on Saturday.The Gamecocks relied on QB Connor Shaw and a running back by committee, after 2010 SEC Freshman of the Year, Marcus Lattimore suffered a severe injury in last week's win over Tennessee.  After the win, the Gamecocks advanced to eight and two overall, and six and two in the SEC.The Razorbacks remained in the game until Connor Shaw connected with Bruce Ellington for a 42 yard touchdown to take a 21 to 10 lead with 1:30 left in the first half.The GoodSouth Carolina's defense was shut-down all game long.  From the beginning the Gamecocks' defensive line, led by Jadeveon Clowney, pressured Tyler Wilson into making some very bad decisions throughout the game.  Connor Shaw played a very solid game.  He went 14 for 22 for 272 yards and two touchdowns and only one interception.  In the first half Shaw surprisingly targeted his tight end's quite often.  This included a 29 yards touchdown pass to third string TE Jerell Adams.  As expected, after Lattimore's injury, the Gamecocks' ground game dropped off, however his replacements did exactly what they needed to do.  They got first downs when needed and didn't make any huge mistakes.  Freshman Mike Davis and senior Kenny Miles received a bulk of the carries, as they combined for 90 yards and one touchdown.The BadThe Arkansas offensive line did not play well at all.  Gamecock defenders were in Wilson's face for the entire game.  The pressure primarily came from star defensive lineman Jadeveon Clowney.  Although Clowney did not officially record a sack, he laid a few licks on Wilson, causing the quarterback to get up off of his back limping multiple times.  Arkansas has a serious problem on the OL, and if they want to compete in the SEC, the way they did last season, they must fix it.  The UglyTurnovers killed Arkansas on Saturday, killing their momentum multiple times.  The first turnover was a fumble by RB Dennis Johnson at the South Carolina five yard line, keeping the Razorbacks from tying it up at seven.  Defensive back D.J. Swearinger returned a Tyler Wilson interception 69 yards for a touchdown in the third quarter, really putting the icing on the cake for South Carolina.  Wilson threw his second interception late in the fourth quarter.
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