By Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
COLUMBIA, S.C.. – South Carolina welcomed Mississippi State to Columbia on Saturday and the No. 14 Gamecocks sent the Bulldogs packing with a 34-16 loss. Connor Shaw led the way for South Carolina (7-2, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) with four touchdown passes, while Mike Davis tallied 128 yards on the ground.
Despite missing two days of practice this week due to illness, Shaw was sharp through the air, finishing with 148 yards to go along with his four scores. Davis’ 100-yard performance was his seventh of the season for the Gamecocks, who tallied 160 rushing yards as a squad in the victory.
Dak Prescott was effective on the ground for Mississippi State ( 4-4, 1-3) with 78 rushing yards and a pair of scores. The quarterback was not as successful through the air against USC, however, registering three interceptions on the day.
Davis crossed the 1,000-yard mark on the ground for the season, becoming the first Gamecock to his that plateau since Marcus Lattimore did it in his freshman campaign.
Passing – Connor Shaw, 10-for-20, 147 yards, 4 TD
Rushing – Mike Davis, 15 car, 128 yards
Receiving – Shaq Roland, 2 rec, 57 yards, 2 TD
Passing – Dak Prescott, 28-for-43, 235 yards, 3 INT
Rushing – Dak Prescott, 15 car, 78 yards, 2 TD
Receiving – R. Johnson, 7 rec, 53 yards
• South Carolina tied the school record for consecutive home wins on the day with its 15th straight victory at Williams-Brice Stadium.
• The Gamecocks have now won seven straight over Mississippi State, dating back to 1999.
• South Carolina leads the all-time series 9-6.
• The loss for Mississippi State snapped a four-game win streak against teams from the Eastern Division.