WATCH GAME HIGHLIGHTS | OWN THIS GAME
By Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
COLUMBIA, S.C. – No. 8 South Carolina took the field in front of its home crowd on Saturday and came away with a 38-20 victory over the visiting Arkansas Razorbacks. It was the 10th consecutive win at Williams-Brice Stadium for the Gamecocks (8-2, 6-2 SEC), who forced three Razorback turnovers in the win to round out their conference schedule.
South Carolina ended what was a tightly contested first half on a high note when Connor Shaw hit Bruce Ellington for a 42-yard touchdown that gave the Gamecocks an 11-point advantage at the break. Shaw finished the afternoon with 279 yards and a pair of touchdown passes, and USC scored 17 second half points to salt away the win.
Tyler Wilson threw for 277 yards and two scores for Arkansas (4-6, 2-4), but he was picked off twice on the afternoon and couldn’t muster a score in the second half until the game was out of reach. Cobi Hamilton hauled in four passes for 72 yards in the game, becoming Arkansas’ all-time leading receiver in the process.
Ellington had a big day for the Gamecocks, finishing with 104 yards on five catches, and Shaw and Mike Davis notched rushing touchdowns for Carolina.
Passing – Connor Shaw, 14-for-22, 272 yards, 2 TD, INT
Rushing – Mike Davis, 13 car, 53 yards, TD
Receiving – Bruce Ellington, 5 rec, 104 yards, TD
Passing – Tyler Wilson, 26-for-41, 277 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing – Jonathan Williams, 7 car, 61 yards
Receiving – Cobi Hamilton, 4 rec, 72 yards
· South Carolina has won 10 straight games at home, and it is 26-3 in its last 29 games at Williams-Brice overall. The school record for consecutive wins at home is 15 games, set from 1978-1980.
· Bruce Ellington recorded his second straight 100-yard receiving game for USC, and it is only the third such game for a Gamecock receiver (Ellington and Justice Cunningham each went over 100 in USC’s last game against Tennessee).
· Arkansas had won three straight games in the series and five of six coming in.