11/8/2008 5:28 PM

Columbia, South Carolina - Steve Spurrier and the South Carolina Gamecocks came into today's game with the Arkansas Razorbacks wanting to solidify their bowl hopes.  They are a solid bowl team now.  South Carolina did not make it to post season play last year with a 6-6 record.  They will be bowling this year thanks to a 34-21 win over the Razorbacks.  South Carolina is now 7-3 this year.
 The Gamecocks started the scoring after the worst punt of the season by Arkansas’ Jeremy Davis.  The punt only traveled 20 yards and the Gamecocks took over at the Razorback 44, four plays later and the Gamecocks were on the scoreboard and after the PAT had a 7-0 lead.
 Arkansas stumbled on its next drive when Casey Dick threw his first interception of the game.  After a sack by the Arkansas defense of Chris Smelley for a loss of 6 yards and two incomplete passes, Spurrier called on his All-SEC kicker Ryan Succop to kick a 54 yard field goal.  He did have the wind at his back, but it looked like he could have made the field goal from 60 yards if he need too.
 Arkansas did find their offense and put up a fight scoring their first points of the game on a pass from Casey Dick to freshman wide receiver Jarius Wright for 70 yards.  South Carolina would get the lead back to 10 after another touchdown and increased their lead to 20-7 early in the 3rd quarter on a 37 yard field goal from Succop.
 Arkansas answered the bell again on a pass to fullback Mitchell Bailey from Dick getting the Hogs within 6.  Then the South Carolina defense took over and would not let the Hogs score again until late in the fourth quarter when the game was over.  Arkansas then tried an onside kick and could not recover it, but a melee ensued and swings were thrown at the Razorbacks.  Two offsetting personal foul penalties and an ejection of Gamecock free safety, Chris Culliver, marred the ending.  Culliver was ejected and will have to miss the trip to Gainesville next weekend when South Carolina takes on Florida. 
 Arkansas must win its next two football games if they want to keep their bowl hopes alive.  Head Coach Bobby Petrino commented on the buy week coming at the right time for his Razorbacks.  After eight straight games playing three of the top 5 teams in the country, this team needs a break.  Arkansas will be back on the road in two weeks at Mississippi State in Starkville, Mississippi and then finish out the season against LSU in the battle for the Golden Boot at War Memorial Stadium the day after Thanksgiving.


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