Capital One Bowl 2014: Live Game Grades, Analysis for South Carolina Gamecocks

Brian Pedersen@realBJPFeatured ColumnistJanuary 1, 2014

COLUMBIA, SC - NOVEMBER 30:  The South Carolina Gamecocks celebrate with students after a 31-17 victory over the Clemson Tigers after their game at Williams-Brice Stadium on November 30, 2013 in Columbia, South Carolina.  (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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South Carolina 34, Wisconsin 24—FINAL

South Carolina (11-2) won its third straight New Year's Day bowl game, downing Wisconsin (9-4) in the Capital One Bowl in Orlando.

Final stats can be found at

Check out our grades and analysis for the Gamecocks' big win.

South Carolina Gamecocks Live Game Grades
Position Unit1st-half gradeFinal grade
Pass OffenseAA
Run OffenseCB-
Pass DefenseCB
Run DefenseDB-
Special TeamsB-C
Capital One Bowl vs. Wisconsin

Final game analysis for the South Carolina Gamecocks:

Pass Offense: Connor Shaw (22-of-25, 311 yards, three TDs) was near perfect, but he was also helped out by Bruce Ellington and Shaq Roland pulling in everything that went their way. Shaw even nabbed a TD catch on a trick play thrown by Ellington.

Run Offense: Shaw had to carry the load on the ground with Mike Davis hobbled for much of the game. His one-yard TD plunge in the fourth quarter gave South Carolina a 10-point cushion.

Pass Defense: Constant second-half pressure negated Wisconsin's pass game after a solid first half. Skai Moore had two of the Gamecocks' three interceptions, while Jadeveon Clowney was a late nuisance.

Run Defense: After a very poor first half, the front seven settled in and got better push, forcing runs to the outside where Clowney and Sharrod Golightly could snuff Melvin Gordon and James White.

Special Teams: The Gamecocks missed an extra point on a muffed snap and allowed Kenzel Doe's 91-yard kickoff return TD in the fourth quarter, but they also easily stopped a fake field-goal pass.

Coaching: Steve Spurrier pulled out the double-reverse halfback pass for a TD, but otherwise just let his stars do their thing.

ORLANDO, FL - JANUARY 01:  Connor Shaw #14 of the South Carolina Gamecocks is pressured by Brendan Kelly #97 of the Wisconsin Badgers  during the first half of their game against the Wisconsin Badgers at the Capital One Bowl on January 1, 2014 in Orlando,
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First half analysis for the South Carolina Gamecocks:

Pass Offense: Connor Shaw struggled with Wisconsin's pressure early, but once he got time to throw he found a groove. Shaw and Bruce Ellington seemed telepathically linked, with each throwing a touchdown pass to the other as Steve Spurrier opened up the playbook.

Run Offense: Mike Davis hobbled through much of the first half and only had three carries. Shaw scrambled for a few yards, but the Gamecocks couldn't generate much on the ground.

Pass Defense: Skai Moore intercepted a deflected throwaway to set up a South Carolina score, but Joel Stave has been able to find receivers and tight ends downfield to set up in holes in the zone.

Run Defense: Wisconsin's two-headed run attack has been able to gain big chunks up the middle, gaining 160 yards on 22 carries. Only a few runs on the edge have been stuffed.

Special Teams: The Gamecocks had no problem thwarting out a fake field-goal play, but a bad snap on the second TD's point-after attempt is the difference right now.

Coaching: The Head Ball Coach broke out the old double-reverse-halfback-pass-to-the-quarterback play. Spurrier also went for it on fourth down on the opening drive, showing no hesitation.


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