Originally created 10/14/00

South Carolina notebook



Arkansas (4-1, 1-1 SEC) at No. 24 South Carolina (5-1, 3-1), 12:30 p.m., CBS

The scene:

Gamecocks look to stay in SEC East race and qualify for first bowl appearance since 1995 Carquest Bowl. Razorbacks look for first SEC road win since Oct. 31, 1998.

The history:

Arkansas leads series 5-3 and has won past two over Gamecocks. Last season in Little Rock, Ark., Razorbacks raced to a 24-0 first-quarter lead and won 48-14.

The stats:

Arkansas is averaging 32.6 points per game, second most in the SEC; South Carolina is allowing 13.2 points per game, second fewest in the conference.

Players to watch:

Arkansas -- QB Robby Hampton (So., 6-2, 220), SE Boo Williams (Sr., 6-4, 230), LB Quinton Caver (Sr., 6-5, 240).

South Carolina -- QB Phil Petty (Jr., 6-3, 205), RB Derek Watson (So., 6-1, 210), NG Cleveland Pinkney (Sr., 6-2, 290).

Injuries:

Arkansas -- TB Andre Ackee (knee), TB Cedric Cobbs (shoulder), DT Jason Peters (shoulder), OL Steve Spivey (foot), TE J. Strain (knee), WR George Wilson (shoulder), LB Shane Collins (ankle), TE Cameron Glenn (foot), CB Harold Harris (wrist) and OT Brett Shockley (foot) are out. FB Adam Daily (ankle) and OG John Geitner (shoulder) are questionable. LB Quinton Caver (ankle), DB Jeremiah Harper (neck), OT Shannon Money (ankle), LB Jim Ed Reed (knee), OG Kenny Sandlin (neck) and TB Fred Talley (hand) are probable.

South Carolina -- OT Travelle Wharton (shoulder), SS Rashad Faison (shoulder), C Philip Jones (toes) and WR Michael Ages (quadriceps) are questionable. RB Derek Watson (thigh), WR Carlos Spikes (groin), CB Sheldon Brown (hip) and LB Marco Hutchinson (Achilles tendon) are probable.

When Arkansas has the ball: With an injury-ravaged offensive line, Razorbacks will try to establish run and set up a play-action game to hit big-play split end Williams and flanker Michael Snowden.

When South Carolina has the ball: Business as usual for the Gamecocks, who will try to run Watson to set up the pass. WR James Adkisson, who has struggled in past two games, needs to produce.

Key matchup:

Arkansas offensive line vs. South Carolina defensive line. Injuries have made Razorbacks use myriad combinations up front with some success. But if Gamecocks develop a solid push and stuff the run, Arkansas might not be able to move the ball.

Tickets:

Approximately 100 tickets returned by the University of Arkansas for today's game will go on sale at the Williams-Brice Stadium ticket office (located in the northwest corner) beginning at 9 a.m. Tickets are $20 each and may be purchased with cash only.

-- Larry Williams