Jake Bentley returns to familiar refrain, 'I've got to play better'
For those who have watched Jake Bentley’s career at South Carolina, Saturday’s ending to the North Carolina game was a familiar scene.
Bentley had a chance to rescue the Gamecocks, but instead threw two interceptions as the Tar Heels prevailed 24-20, as two costly interceptions proved to be the difference. Bentley was 16-for-30 passing for 142 yards, with one touchdown and the two picks.
“There’s still a lot of games to be played, and I know it’s cliche, but I think we can learn from this, I really think we can find out what we all could do better. It’s up to me, I need to play better,” Bentley said, in a video from The State.
Asked about one of the passes down the stretch, Bentley lamented that, “It’s probably never going to go away. I hit it all the time in practice.”
He was careful to not criticize teammates, and said the lack of protection from the offensive line was simply a communication issue. He also wouldn’t call the play-calling conservative, something many fans and media have questioned.
“I don’t think so,” he said. “I think any play that we run should be a successful play. We’ve just got to execute better. I was given every opportunity by the team to go win the game, I didn’t do it, it hurts a lot. I got to dig deep myself, know what I can do better before I can help somebody else.”