After scoring 17 or fewer points in each of its past three games, it was no secret SC needed to find new ways to produce points. They were 13th in the 14-team SEC in scoring.
Then the game went completely off the rails for the Razorbacks.
The Razorbacks and Gamecocks will meet today for the first time since their once-permanent series was discontinued after the 2013 season.
TV: 4 p.m. ET, SEC Network.
In the second half meltdowns against Missouri and Virginia Tech to end last season, the Razorbacks committed a combined six turnovers, in addition to another on downs. Temperatures are predicted to be in the mid to low 80s.
SC (4-2, 2-1) snapped a seven-game losing streak to SEC West teams and posted its highest point total against a Power 5 team since a 52-7 victory over Arkansas in 2013.
Arkansas is trying to end a four-game losing streak against Power 5 opponents and looking for its first road victory since a 58-42 victory at Mississippi State last November 18. Still, being back in Columbia was something Williams will never forget. In 2014, they started 3-2 and 0-2 in the SEC.
"I'm still friends with all the people here at South Carolina", Williams said. It's fewer than the Gamecocks were getting on average this year.
Kelley led the Razorbacks to two fourth-quarter touchdowns, completing 8 of 13 passes for 140 yards. Arkansas has not finished with a winning record in any of the nine seasons it has lost to the Gamecocks. SC has a 24-46-1 record against SEC West opponents.
The Razorbacks have a tough road ahead with a road game at Alabama on Saturday followed by a home game against Auburn.
Amusing how football fortunes can spin on one two-minute drill, even within a performance highlighted by three touchdowns on defense.
The Gamecocks do not have a long tradition of dominating football, but their pre-game rocks, their in-game atmosphere is electric and their fans devoted.
South Carolina's defensive-mindedness wasn't restricted to end zone heroics, either. South Carolina's opponents also have scored 31 points in the second quarter.More news: Gal Gadot Returns to Themyscira (For a Kiss) in SNL Sketch
Bentley proceed to drive the Gamecocks 60 yards in 11 plays - capping the drive with a three-yard touchdown pass to running back Ty'Son Williams.
But Bielema and the Razorbacks got plenty of advice about the rowdy nature of Williams-Brice Stadium from various staff members, who have seen the enthusiasm of the Gamecocks faithful in person.
"Arkansas is just a little unique in what they do. I'm just going to keep playing and doing what I'm doing and, if the plays come to me, I'll make them". "It just seemed everything disintegrated right in front of us. I'm sure it'll be a full house and a boisterous crowd and we're trying to prepare as such".
"I don't think it's happened before", Muschamp said with a smile. We've got to have that fire all the time. "For us to lose like this is really embarrassing", Williams said.
Linebacker Skai Moore tracked an Allen rollout to the sideline, picked him off at the Arkansas 34 and returned it for a touchdown.
"No, that was dumb (bleep)", Muschamp said.
Unfortunately for Arkansas fans, this is becoming a staple of Bielema-coached teams. "Certainly we have them this year and we spent a lot of time preparing for them through the summer because they are so different for us defensively".
It's a rare position of depth for SC and it shows.
3 Straight Arkansas games have featured a TD reception by Razorbacks WR Jonathan Nance.
"The third quarter was probably one of the most frustrating quarters I've ever been involved with", Bielema said.
Spurrier's games against Arkansas produced some memorable moments, including the dedication of Frank Broyles Field in 2007.
1 SEC team hasn't had a run or pass that has gained at least 50 yards this season - Arkansas. At the time the assumption was because Arkansas was down so many points. Arkansas Coach Houston Nutt said that night.
If you're looking for brightness, Kelley played OK when he came in. Instead, they are back in the "Runnin' Down a Dream" business. "Inexcusable coaching is what it is and I'll get it corrected". "That was a fun game". What wasn't expected was that the breakout scoring game might be fueled by the defense.