With South Carolina’s problems in the defensive secondary and Arkansas’ problems in the defensive everything, there was a line of thought that this game was a potential shootout. For the first half, at least, you can take out the “potential” part of that.
The 34 points isn’t really that much on the high side, though it’s not a small total for the defense-minded SEC, but the teams have also combined for 459 yards of total offense. That puts them on pace for more than 900 total yards, which is an impressive total no matter what conference you’re playing in. That is, aside from the offense-happy WAC.
The good news for Arkansas fans is that they have 261 of those yards and, more importantly, 24 of those points.
Ryan Mallett is 14-of-20 for 213 yards and a touchdown; Knile Davis has added two scores on the ground. Stephen Garcia has been a bit more erratic, throwing 11-of-22 for 142 yards and a touchdown, while Marcus Lattimore has been limited to 26 yards on nine carries.
South Carolina has missed its share of opportunities in this game, but if either Garcia or Lattimore doesn’t get something going quickly, that might not matter.