South Carolina football: Clemson defense made life difficult for Jake Bentley

South Carolina football quarterback Jake Bentley connected on 16 of 29 passes for 126 yards with a touchdown and a pair of interceptions against Clemson.

The Gamecocks lost, 34-10, on Saturday night.

To gain a better sense of how accurate Bentley was as a passer against the Tigers, we charted each of his throws.

Example: Bryan Edwards’ fourth-quarter touchdown reception was a 38-yard score, but it was caught less than 20 yards from the line of scrimmage, so it fell into the intermediate window between 11 and 19 yards.

On the chart below, there’s a C for every completion. Each incomplete pass is marked with an X.

Here’s the breakdown:

  • Behind the line: 4 of 5 for 13 yards
  • Short (0-10 yards): 11 of 17 for 76 yards, INT
  • Intermediate (11-19 yards): 1 of 5 for 38 yards, TD and INT
  • Deep (20 or more yards): 0 of 2

Bentley, as he’s done several times this season, started slow against Clemson, missing on some throws downfield, including one over the middle to junior tight end Hayden Hurst.

The worst miss of the night was the first-quarter pick-6 to Clemson cornerback Ryan Carter, who had an easy 12-yard return to paydirt.

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Bentley’s only completion that traveled more than 10 yards through the air was his final throw of the game, a 38-yard touchdown strike to Edwards. It was his best throw of the night. It was also against, for the most part, Clemson’s reserves.

Receivers targeted

Edwards, a sophomore wide receiver, caught 6 passes for 70 yards and a score. Bentley threw his way 10 times. Two of those passes were intercepted.

Freshman wide receiver OrTre Smith caught 3 passes for 12 yards. He was targeted five times.

Hurst and redshirt sophomore Ty’Son Williams each had four passes thrown their way. Hurst had 3 catches for 28 yards.

Redshirt freshman wide receiver Randrecous Davis, who played in the slot for injured freshman Shi Smith, was targeted three times, but was unable to secure a reception.

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