The game plan to beat Auburn on Saturday was not too complicated for South Carolina coach Shane Beamer.
After his team’s 21-17 victory, Beamer told ESPN that the Gamecocks relied on just two plays in the second half to help secure the victory.
“We talked about this being SEC big boy football, and we literally lined up in the second half and made the same two plays over and over again,” Beamer said. “It’s a great team that we beat, but man, I’m so happy for these guys and so happy for our fans.”
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Beamer clarified in his postgame press conference that the two plays were in the running game, a fast break and a duet (inside run).
Beamer said the running game with fast break and duo, over and over again.
– Ben Breiner (@ben_breiner) November 21, 2021
The Gamecocks delivered the ball 14 times in the second half to running backs ZaQuandre White and Kevin Harris. They threw seven passes.
Auburn coach Bryan Harsin told reporters after the game that he thought one of the ground plays was an inside zone.
Bryan Harsin, when asked about Shane Beamer, said South Carolina kept making the same two plays in the second half: “They ran into the zone, they did it hard. I know it was one of the two plays.”
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This game certainly did not start in South Carolina’s favor. Auburn scored touchdowns on two of its first three drives to take a 14-0 lead before the end of the first quarter. South Carolina responded in the second quarter with two touchdowns of its own, with White catching a 28-yard pass from Jason Brown and Trai Jones catching a 3-yard pass from Brown.
Auburn kicked a field goal on their first drive of the second half, but South Carolina received a 7-yard pass from Brown to Josh Vann later in the third quarter to move on for good.
The Tigers missed a 25-yard field goal attempt on their next drive and were forced to punt in back-to-back drives. Auburn appeared to have one last chance with 2:11 left in the game when South Carolina punted, but the ball hit Jaylin Simpson’s knee and RJ Roderick rallied to put the game away.
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The victory was significant for South Carolina because it made the Gamecocks bowl eligible for the first time since 2018. They went to 6-5 (3-5 SEC) in Beamer’s first year as head coach.
The Gamecocks still have a major showdown left; they will host their in-state rival, Clemson, on Nov. 27.
“So happy for them. Being eligible to bowl after they won two games last year, so happy for them and proud of them,” Beamer said. “From the day they hired me, since we got here, they did absolutely everything that we asked them to do and they never flinched. And it was ugly early, and we were down 14-0 and it wasn’t. It looks pretty. No one. He panicked and then we went out in the second half. “
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.