Originally created 11/16/00

South Carolina notebook



A look at the No. 25 South Carolina Gamecocks (7-3, 5-3 SEC) one day before they play at the No. 16 Clemson Tigers (8-2, 6-2 ACC) on Saturday (3:30 p.m., ABC-Channel 6):

Latest news:

Coach Lou Holtz said Wednesday that LB Kalimba Edwards' ankle injury could force him to miss the game. LB's Andre Offing (ankle) and Kenneth Harney (knee) also are hampered by injuries, which could thrust LB Rod Thomas into Edwards' starting role.

Injuries:

Edwards and Harney are doubtful. Offing and QB Phil Petty (ankle) are questionable. C Philip Jones (jaw) is probable.

Key stat:

Clemson is giving up 242.5 passing yards per game.

Analysis:

Saturday's game will pit one of the ACC's better red-zone offenses against the SEC's worst. Clemson has scored touchdowns on 32 of its 45 trips inside opponents' 20-yard line, while South Carolina has managed touchdowns on 13 of 26 trips. The Gamecocks have come away without points on six occasions -- two missed field goals, two turnovers on downs, one interception and one fumble.

Quote:

"As long as they can't pull the rock out and take it on the field with them and throw it at us, we'll have a chance. I guess that's what gets them off." -- Gamecocks nose guard Cleveland Pinkney, on perceived advantages enjoyed by Clemson players after rubbing Howard's Rock at Death Valley.

Larry Williams