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September 23, 2002

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South Carolina Miscues
Holtz's Guys Lose Their Grip

What in the name of Lou Holtz is going on at South Carolina? Holtz's teams are known for not turning the ball over much, but in the last two weeks the Gamecocks have lost nine fumbles and thrown two interceptions. Even worse, a crucial turnover cost South Carolina a chance to beat Georgia last Saturday when senior fullback Andrew Pinnock, who had two fumbles earlier in the game, mishandled a pitch from quarterback Corey Jenkins on fourth-and-goal at the Bulldogs' two with 12 seconds to play. Georgia free safety Thomas Davis recovered the fumble and the Bulldogs ran out the clock in a 13-7 win.

Holtz rebuilt South Carolina from 0-11 in 1999 to 8-4 in 2000 to 9-3 last season by stressing field position and ball security. Last season the Gamecocks committed only 13 turnovers, tied for third fewest in the nation. A constant downpour throughout the Georgia game contributed to the fumbling, but that does not explain South Carolina's six lost fumbles in a 34-21 loss to Virginia on Sept. 7.

On Sunday, Holtz said he wished he had listened to his son Skip, his offensive coordinator, and run the last play to the right side, where there would have been an extra blocker. Still, Holtz added, "It was a perfect pitch. The play was going to work." If South Carolina continues to turn the ball over, it won't matter which plays it runs.

Extra Points...

Because the Reno Air Show filled every hotel room in the area last weekend, Brigham Young coach Gary Crowton decided that the Cougars would fly in for their game against Nevada, scheduled for 1:05 local time, on Saturday morning. BYU left Provo, Utah, just after 8 a.m. and arrived in Reno an hour later without incident, but the Cougars played the first half completely out of sync. The Wolf Pack jumped on them for 31 first-half points and hung on to win 31-28. Nevada senior quarterback Zack Threadgill completed 28 of 37 passes for 410 yards and four touchdowns....

With Georgia's quarterback controversy suspended for six weeks, the length of time that it will take freshman D.J. Shockley to recover from the bone he broke in his left foot against South Carolina, Bulldogs fans hope that sophomore David Greene will relax and play as he did a year ago, when he was the SEC freshman of the year....

Bowling Green stunned previously undefeated Missouri, winning 51-28 as senior quarterback Josh Harris had 411 yards of total offense and caught a 34-yard touchdown pass. Under second-year coach Urban Meyer, the Falcons are 4-0 against BCS conference schools....

In the last three seasons Cincinnati's All-America kicker Jonathan Ruff in made 6 of 9 field goals from 40 yards or longer. With the Bearcats trailing West Virginia 35-32, Ruffin's 49-yard attempt on the last play of the game bounced off the left upright....

North Carolina coach John Bunting rewards his players for big plays with giant wood chips from oak trees that were recently cut down outside Kenan Stadium. Why? Bunting wants each player to play as if he has a chip on his shoulder

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