Originally created 09/22/00

South Carolina notebook



A look at the South Carolina Gamecocks (3-0, 1-0 SEC) one day before they play host to No. 25 Mississippi State (2-0, 0-0 SEC) on Saturday (12:30 p.m., CBS-Channel 12):

Latest news:

Receiver Kevin Sides was named to the AFCA Good Works team, a national 11-man squad. Sides is one of five SEC players who were named to the team. Next week's 3 p.m. game at Alabama will be televised on pay-per-view to viewers in South Carolina and Alabama.

Injuries:

Injured but probable for Saturday's game are: OG Cedric Williams (ankle), OT Melvin Paige (knee), LB Andre Offing (wrist), DE John Stamper (shoulder), LT Shane Hall (back), SE Ryan Brewer (shoulder), TE Thomas Hill (shoulder) and FS Antione Nesmith (shoulder).

Key stat:

Of 39 drives by Gamecocks opponents, 24 have consisted of four plays or fewer.

Analysis:

The key for the Gamecocks' offense is to avoid third-and-long situations. On third downs of 5 yards or fewer, South Carolina has converted 15 of 33 opportunities. On third downs between 6 and 14 yards, the Gamecocks have converted four of 15 opportunities.

Quote:

"The attitude, when you win, it's like class attendance. I want to keep winning so bad for class attendance of our athletes. Because if you win, they want to go to class. Man, they want everybody to tell them how good it was. When you lose, they don't want to go." -- Gamecocks coach Lou Holtz.

-- Larry Williams