Alabama football did many things well Saturday afternoon in Columbia, SC. The Gamecocks earned their name by being ready for a fight. Will Muschamp gambled on multiple occasions and mostly came up short.
South Carolina, behind true freshman quarterback, Ryan Hilinski moved the ball against the Crimson Tide defense to the tune of 459 net yards. Missed alignments, missed tackles and poor tackling angles hurt the Crimson Tide defense. The Gamecocks did most of their damage through the air but also rushed for a 4.7-yard average. Even the Alabama football secondary showed some vulnerability. Also hampering the Crimson Tide were 11 penalties for 92 yards.