Gamecocks score big win over Arkansas

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South Carolina's defense took advantage of Arkansas' offensive mistakes, scoring three defensive touchdowns in just the second half. Turnovers gave the Hokies starting field position at the Arkansas 5, 8, 30 and 44 - all of which resulted in touchdowns in their 24-point comeback.

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Arkansas was going toe-to-toe with SC in the first half tying the game at 10.

"It takes the pressure off of us", Bentley said of the defense.

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"That was my first touchdown ever". This is important because it means SC isn't relying on having to beat Georgia, Tennessee, Florida or Clemson to make a bowl. Rico Dowdle led the Gamecocks on the ground with 61 yards on 11 carries.

But Bentley also completed two first-down passes and Arkansas' Kamren Curl was flagged for pass interference against Bryan Edwards in the end zone.

"They've got a pregame tradition with some music and some energy that will be something we have to talk about and bring to our players as well as the normal crowd noise". "We had plenty of time and two time outs, so there was no hurry".

SC quarterback Jake Bentley threw three touchdown passes while completing 16 of 31 pass attempts for 199 yards.

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"I believe it's because we come out slow", said Ramirez, who had eight tackles in the loss.

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Second-year South Carolina Coach Will Muschamp, in full game mode on Wednesday's SEC teleconference, didn't have much to say about the one-time permanent crossover rivalry. "Inexcusable coaching is what it is and I'll get it corrected". Of course, SC heads to Knoxville next week off a blowout win, with the Volunteers reeling as pressure mounts on coach Butch Jones.

It started up front where defensive linemen Keir Thomas, Dante Sawyer, Taylor Stallworth, D.J. Wonnum, Javon Kinlaw, Ulric Jones and Brad Johnson made it a long day for any Razorback with the football.

Bielema's only game against SC resulted in a 52-7 loss at home in 2013. Bentley was sacked just once, a week after the offense line allowed seven sacks in a loss to Texas A&M. The Volunteers (3-2, 0-2 SEC) were off this weekend - but not out of action.

Of course, it hurts more when that offensive line was shaky to begin with.

"It's a fun place in terms of it's a very good road environment", Walker said. Florida looks quite vulnerable. The Gamecocks get a now-feisty Vanderbilt team and Wofford at home, which at the moment looks like the clearest path to six wins.

Which is a lot better than that free fallin' feeling that would have come with a loss to Arkansas.

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