Gamecocks lose ground in SEC East

Arkansas 44, South Carolina 28

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Tyler Wilson threw for 299 yards and two touchdowns as No. 8 Arkansas held on for a 44-28 win over No. 10 South Carolina on Saturday, dropping the Gamecocks behind Georgia in the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division standings.

Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson is brought down by C.C. Whitlock. Wilson threw for 299 yards and two TDs.  Danny Johnston/Associated Press
Danny Johnston/Associated Press
Arkansas QB Tyler Wilson is brought down by C.C. Whitlock. Wilson threw for 299 yards and two TDs.

Jarius Wright added four catches for 103 yards and a pair of touchdowns, and Dennis Johnson had a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown for the Razorbacks, who won their fifth in a row.

Arkansas (8-1, 4-1 SEC) outgained the Gamecocks (7-2, 5-2) 435-207, but a pair of missed field goals and key dropped passes kept the Razorbacks from securing the win until late.

The Razorbacks led 24-14 at halftime, but South Carolina pulled within 30-28 early in the fourth quarter on a TD run by quarterback Connor Shaw.

Arkansas answered with a pair of late touchdown runs by Ronnie Wingo and Broderick Green to pull away and keep their hopes alive for a return trip to a BCS bowl game.

Shaw, playing in his fourth game since former South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia was dismissed from the team, struggled throughout against a Razorbacks defense that had five sacks.

The Gamecocks had scored 14 points in each of their last two games, both wins, and they continued to struggle offensively against the Razorbacks – gaining only 49 yards on 25 plays at halftime.

Despite the troubles, South Carolina stayed within striking distance thanks to big plays and Arkansas’ own offensive woes. Devin Taylor had a 48-yard interception return for a touchdown to give the Gamecocks a 14-10 lead early in the second quarter, and Shaw had a pair of second-half touchdown runs.

Freshman running back Brandon Wilds, who had 137 yards last week in his first start following a season-ending injury to Marcus Lattimore, was held to 21 yards on 10 carries.

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What??? No comments??? No

What??? No comments??? No Gamecocks on here, trying to make excuses??? Well, okay..I'll make a comment. Let us Dawgs have our good feelings about this win and our position as leaders of the SEC East...because it may not last long! In fact, we may not have that lead after we play Auburn Saturday. You know, sometimes I think I've listened to too much Larry Munson and lost my confidence! But then again, I NEVER thought Georgia would've won this many games after starting the way we did. Saturday ought to showcase a couple of good games for the SEC East.

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