Ultimately this might be the most forgettable game of the year. At least, one you want to forget. State played pretty well all in all but Dak Prescott’s 5 turnovers told the story, and it wasn’t even close because of them. When we found out about his mother passing away the next day it was completely understandable why he had such an uncharacteristic game. Unfortunately Tyler Russell had injured his ankle against Kentucky and was unable to relieve him.
The game was over early in the 2nd half. The Bulldogs out-gained the Gamecocks by 78 yards but still lost 34-16. The defense gave up a few big plays but held them to 1 of 11 on 3rd downs, and forced as many 3 and outs as USC had all year to that point.
This was a transition game for State in my opinion. The first seven games of the year had some good play at times, but we weren’t able to put a complete game together outside of the Troy game – but even then we cruised in the 2nd half with the blowout. In this one, the Dawgs were right there. Of course, you never know how things might have gone differently without the turnovers, but you could see this team reach back for something more than what they’d shown in the previous couple of games. It eventually came to fruition over the last four, but this was the beginning of getting the train back on the tracks.