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Game balls: South Carolina’s late game collapse vs. Texas A&M

Which players stood out and were rewarded the weekly game ball between South Carolina and Texas A&M?

NCAA Football: South Carolina at Texas A&M Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Texas A&M managed a second-half comeback to knock off the South Carolina Gamecocks at Kyle Field on Saturday night. It was a shocking win for the Aggies, who seemed to have nothing working offensively in the first three quarters.

Many players stood out for both teams and are worthy of this week’s game balls, as South Carolina fell to 3-2 and the Aggies improved to 4-1 on the season.

Texas A&M game ball: Otaro Alaka

Otaro Alaka: Alaka came to play. He was a beast on the defensive side of the football for the Aggies. The junior was all over the field, as he finished with nine total tackles, including five tackles-for-loss and two sacks. Alaka helped the Aggies hold the Gamecocks to a scoreless fourth-quarter and complete the 10-point comeback. Alaka and his defensive unit roughed up Jake Bentley all game. Bentley looked uncomfortable and frazzled in the fourth quarter after taking some big hits, including one from Alaka.

South Carolina game ball: Jake Bentley

There weren’t many other options here for South Carolina. Shi Smith had a solid performance at wide receiver, but it was Bentley who stood out and made some impressive throws under heavy pressure. His impressive second quarter touchdown pass to Shi Smith highlighted Bentley’s scrambling and playmaking ability under heavy rush. He broke out of a tackle and threw a strike deep down field to Smith for the 45-yard score. Bentley looked good for much of the game. He found a very nice rhythm and was up over 200 yards at halftime. Unfortunately his performance dipped off at the end of the game, as he was sacked seven times and was running for his life. Bentley still looked impressive, and hopefully he can build of this performance and control his rhythm for an entire game.

South Carolina hosts SEC opponent Arkansas next Saturday, while the Aggies take on #1 Alabama who have absolutely steamrolled their competition this year.