ATLANTA -- Auburn, scoring touchdowns on its first three possessions, leads South Carolina 28-14 at the half Saturday in the SEC championship game.
Here’s a quick halftime analysis:
Turning point: South Carolina had just pulled within 21-14 in the final seconds of the half and appeared to have all the momentum going into the locker room, but Auburn quarterback Cam Newton heaved a Hail Mary toward the end zone that Darvin Adams caught on the deflection for a 51-yard touchdown on the final offensive play of the half. South Carolina’s DeVonte Holloman actually knocked the ball up, allowing Adams to catch the ball behind him in the end zone.
Player of the half: Adams was sensational for the Tigers. He piled up 217 receiving yards in the first half -- breaking the SEC championship game record for receiving yards in a game. He caught touchdown passes of 54 and 51 yards.
Stat of the half: The 42 points scored in the first half broke the SEC championship game record for most points scored in the first half.
What South Carolina needs to do: For starters, the Gamecocks need to cover somebody. Their tackling got a little better as the first half progressed, but their coverage and overall play in the secondary has been horrendous.