ODS WAS RIGHT: Jordan Rodgers connected with Jordan Matthews for a long touchdown pass.ODS WAS WRONG: Connor Shaw did not connect with DeAngelo Smith for a long touchdown pass. Or any pass. At all. Yeah, the Dee Dee Smith stuff was way off.RIGHT: It was a close game (ODS: 3 pt. spread, OAS: 4 pt. spread) that resulted in a come from behind win for Carolina.
WRONG: Nobody scored 50 points. Not alone, not combined.RIGHT: Shaw took some uncomfortably big hits. (Bigger problem in the real game, obviously.)
WRONG: While DigiLatty struggled, flesh'n'blood Latty rushed for 100+ and a couple of TDs on his way to SEC POTW honors.
RIGHT: South Carolina went up early and blew the lead, only to reclaim it and hold off the scrappy 'Dores.
WRONG: Pretty much everything else. Even some of the "Rights" above are stretches.
Game 2: East Carolina at South Carlina
Off we go!
FIRST QUARTER, or, HOW THIN CAN WE STRETCH ADAM YATES
The ECU Pirates win the toss and defer. Damiere Byrd returns the opening kickoff to the 25. And that's when Reece Davis cuts in with a studio update that shakes the foundation of this young digital football season: Missouri has defeated Georgia, 34-13. The result is an electric atmosphere at the DigiBrice. Somewhere Chris Low is saying, "That's bad news for East Carolina." The Cocks' opening drive is a mish-mash of short passes, Shaw keepers and one impressive Lattimore run for 14 yards. It stalls out a the ECU 30, and Carolina will go for a long field goal. The kick is up and it's good from 47! Yates is 5-5 on the season. 3-0, Gamecocks.
2ND QUARTER, or, WASN'T THIS SUPPOSED TO BE A TUNE-UP GAME
We're under 2 minutes left. The remainder of the half is rather futile for both sides—an ECU 3 and out is followed by another Shaw pick. A short drive leading to a missed ECU field goal will eat up the remaining minutes. Sloppy football, and we go into the locker rooms tied at 14.
THIRD QUARTER, or, THE MASSACRE OF RIO JOHNSON
The ensuing play is a thing of beauty: out of the Wildcock formation, the snap goes to Ellington, who hands it to a sweeping Damiere Byrd. Byrd speeds across the width of the field and cuts in, met at the four yard line by a Pirate DB. But his momentumis enough to get him in for the touchdown! It is a play made possible by Byrd's speed. Several Pirates were blitzing, any of whom might have caught a slower player in the backfield. It's a 9 play, 78 yard drive. 21-14, Gamecocks.
The offense takes over at the ECU 32. The Cocks get it down to the two yard line, but a holding call and a big loss make it 3rd and goal from the 20. Shaw takes the snap, and steps into his throw, finding DL Moore in the back of the end zone, in a play that recalls Alshon Jeffery's TD catch against Clemson. It's now 42-14, Gamecocks. This team is a well-oiled machine here in the 2nd half.
4TH QUARTER, or, THAT WAS FUN LET'S TRY TO BEAT TRAFFIC
Back in Columbia, we're under 8 minutes left and the Gamecocks are way out in front. Some fans are a little unsure as to why Lattimore's still in, but boy do they love watching him work. He takes consecutive handoffs for a first down. Another give to Latty and he takes it for 16! He's now up to 162 yards and, miraculously, is still averaging 5.2 a carry. On the next play, Lattimore loses a yard, and the stadium falls silent as he's slow to get up, hopping off the field on one foot. If the star back is injured, DigiSpurrier would forever be labeled a fool for having him in this late in a blowout. The game resumes. After a few short gains, Shaw drops back and hits—who else—DeAngelo Smith across the middle for a touchdown. It's 52-14 now, but the score seems immaterial. What's the word on Latty?
ECU goes for the onside kick, and DeAngelo Smith scoops it. That's all, folks.