The Bynum kid from Auburn was lauded after the Florida game for his ability to make a kick when timeout had been called, then line up and make the kick again. That was different. He was kicking on the road, ostensibly couldn't hear what was going on, and went through with the first kick as though it were a live play.
Lincoln says that he didn't hit the first kick as he normally would because the whistle blew. That's likely, he is kicking in his home stadium and much more likely to hear the whistle. I seriously doubt that the snap, hold, and kick were in earnest the first time through.
That, and the fact that Carolina's quarterbacks are terrible, and even though Tennessee's defense tried to make Blake Mitchell look all-conference, he still stunk enough to hurt his team.
There's lots of reasons for Spurrier or any Gamecock to be upset about the way the game ended up, but Lincoln's tying field goal isn't one.
2. In this space on Friday, I said
But beating Spurrier by about 20 sure would be nice. Just sayin'.
3. As for my other predict, er, wishes,
- I hope that if something works on offense, we keep doing it, and don't inexplicably trash it for things that don't work -- Not a whole lot worked on offense, mostly because Carolina's defense is a beast. As usual, I would have like to have seen more patience with the running game, and maybe a little more aggression with the passing game. It seemed like we didn't really try to step on Carolina's throat when we had the lead. But again, chalk it up to SC's defense.
- I hope we can adjust to whatever Spurrier is doing successfully -- Once again, lack of adjustments nearly got us beat. I'm disappointed in the coaching staff's inability to anticipate the opposition's next move. This team is great at checkers, but terrible at chess. Whatever that means.
- I hope we don't run a reverse -- Thanks, fellas. During Carolina's rally, I was just thinking how a crappy reverse play would make the whole dang mess all that much worse. Thank you for sparing us.