Gamecocks' defense hanging in there

Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- If South Carolina's defense can get the offense to move the ball a little bit, the Gamecocks might have a chance in this one.

As it has for most of this season, Ellis Johnson's defense has come to play. The Gamecocks haven't gotten enough credit this season for being one of the better defenses in the SEC.

But they are, and Johnson and his staff have done an excellent job despite a glut of injuries, suspensions and inexperience.