NCAA FB

Sat, Oct 12, 2013 - 12:21 PM ET
Game Recap
 

Shaw leads Gamecocks past Arkansas

Connor Shaw and Chris Smith
QB Connor Shaw accounted for 4 TDs in South Carolina's rout of Arkansas.
Share This Story

   
 

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (AP)

Even Steve Spurrier felt badly about ruining Arkansas' homecoming fun -- at least a little bit.

The South Carolina coach, however, wasn't about to complain about a complete-game effort in a 52-7 win over the Razorbacks on Saturday.

MIKE MAKES THE CALLS

Our rules guru Mike Pereira says this new targeting rule could be a problem.

Led by Connor Shaw's four touchdowns, the No. 14 Gamecocks (5-1, 3-2 Southeastern Conference) won their fourth straight game after a loss to Georgia on Sept. 7. They did so in convincing fashion, scoring the game's final 52 points and ensuring they didn't let a big lead slip away for a fourth straight week.

The margin of victory was South Carolina's largest on the road under Spurrier, who earned his first win at Arkansas (3-4, 0-3) since 2005 -- his first season with the Gamecocks.

"I do feel badly for Arkansas," Spurrier said. "It's no fun getting your butt beat like this, at home on homecoming and all that."

All-American defensive end Jadeveon Clowney returned for South Carolina after missing last week's game against Kentucky. He finished with just one tackle, though Shaw and running back Mike Davis more than picked up any slack.

Shaw was 19 of 28 for 219 yards and three touchdowns, running for another score as the Gamecocks outgained the Razorbacks 537-248.

Davis, the SEC's leading rusher, added 128 yards on 19 carries.

The loss is the fourth straight for Arkansas, matching first-year coach Bret Bielema's longest losing streak of his career. The former Wisconsin coach dropped four straight while with the Badgers in 2008, but none were worse than Saturday's 45-point defeat.

The Razorbacks are 0-3 in the SEC for the first time since 2007.

"Today is a day that you have to put it in the memory bank and vow that you'll never let it happen again as a head coach, as an assistant coach, a coordinator and a player," Bielema said.

"Just unacceptable," he added.

Arkansas' Brandon Allen was just 4 of 12 for 30 yards, throwing a first-half interception that led to Davis' touchdown run.

The lone highlight for the Razorbacks was a 6-yard touchdown run by Alex Collins on the game's opening drive, putting them up 7-0. Little else went right after that -- including a sequence late in the first half that crushed any hope Arkansas might have had.

After a fake punt by the Razorbacks failed, Shaw led South Carolina to a fourth-and-2 at the Arkansas 7-yard line with 25 seconds left. Rather than try the field goal while ahead 17-7, Spurrier elected to attempt to convert the fourth down.

Shaw did just that, running three yards. After a spike, the senior found Bruce Ellington from 4 yards out for his second touchdown catch of the game -- putting South Carolina up 24-7 at halftime.

"We felt like another field goal there wouldn't look as good as another touchdown," Spurrier said. "If we don't get it, I look stupid. I we make this, it makes me look smart."

CANDY FOR THE EARS

Clay Travis' own FOX Sports podcast is here. Head on over to iTunes to listen and subscribe for free.

Ellington finished with six catches for 96 yards.

The Gamecocks stretched their lead to 31-7 on the opening drive of the second half when Shaw connected with Damiere Byrd for a 45-yard touchdown pass.

Shaw later added a 10-yard TD run for his fourth score of the game -- a perfect opening to a three-game road trip that includes Tennessee next week and undefeated Missouri after that.

"We knew going into this stretch it was going to be a tough three weeks in the SEC, starting with Arkansas," Shaw said. "We knew we had to have a tough mentality, playing on the road, and we really didn't have that here two years ago. So we wanted to come in here and make a statement."

After Arkansas opened the game with a seven-play, 64-yard touchdown drive, the Razorbacks had just one first down the rest of the half. They went three-and-out on their last four possessions, and their only other drive with a first down ended when Allen threw an interception to South Carolina's Victor Hampton.

Davis scored one play later on a 6-yard touchdown run to give the Gamecocks a 10-3 lead, and that was just the start of the fun -- at least for South Carolina.

Bielema's previous worst loss was a 48-7 defeat to Penn State in 2008. Arkansas travels to No. 1 Alabama next week.

"It was very frustrating," Allen said. "A lot of things didn't go right. A lot of things weren't clicking. Any time that happens, it's frustrating as an offense, and as a whole team."

Tagged: Arkansas, South Carolina, Texas, Connor Shaw, Brandon Allen

Related Stories

Member Comments

Please note by clicking on "Post comment" you acknowledge that you have read the Terms of Use and the comment you are posting is in compliance with such terms. Be Polite. Inappropriate posts may be removed by the moderator.

powered by

College Football Pick'em on FOX


NCAA FB Videos

Sumlin annoyed by media's Manziel questions Posted: Jul 16, 2014
Kevin Sumlin responds to questions about life after Johnny Football by toying wi...

AJ Pasquale's journey back to UCLA Posted: Jun 17, 2014
UCLA football ops intern AJ Pasquale describes his own personal journey after th...

Winston issued adult civil citation Posted: Apr 30, 2014
Get the latest news surrounding Jameis Winston's recent shoplifting fiasco.

Get Inside the Locker Room with Scout.com

Fox Sports Store

    itemName itemURL imageSrc price itemDescription
    Nike Florida Gators Gridiron 2012 Team Issue T-Shirt - Royal Blue http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Florida_Gators/browse/featuredproduct/759777/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_759000/ff_759777_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Nike Florida Gators Gridiron 2012 Team Issue T-Shirt - Royal Blue
    Nike Michigan State Spartans Football 2012 Team Issue T-Shirt - White http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Michigan_State_Spartans/browse/featuredproduct/760171/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_760000/ff_760171_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Nike Michigan State Spartans Football 2012 Team Issue T-Shirt - White
    Nike USC Trojans Fight On My School T-Shirt - Cardinal http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_USC_Trojans/browse/featuredproduct/761373/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_761000/ff_761373_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Nike USC Trojans Fight On My School T-Shirt - Cardinal
    Nike Alabama Crimson Tide Elite Force Coaches Sideline Performance Polo - Crimson http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Alabama_Crimson_Tide/browse/featuredproduct/829709/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_829000/ff_829709_xl.jpg&w=100 64.95 Nike Alabama Crimson Tide Elite Force Coaches Sideline Performance Polo - Crimso..
    Nike LSU Tigers Elite Force Coaches Sideline Performance Polo - Purple http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_LSU_Tigers/browse/featuredproduct/829740/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_829000/ff_829740_xl.jpg&w=100 49.99 Nike LSU Tigers Elite Force Coaches Sideline Performance Polo - Purple
    Nike Oklahoma Sooners Legacy 91 Dri-FIT Adjustable Coaches Cap - Crimson http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Oklahoma_Sooners/browse/featuredproduct/830935/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_830000/ff_830935_xl.jpg&w=100 21.95 Nike Oklahoma Sooners Legacy 91 Dri-FIT Adjustable Coaches Cap - Crimson
    adidas Notre Dame Fighting Irish Hot Sideline Jacket - Navy Blue http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Notre_Dame_Fighting_Irish/browse/featuredproduct/861243/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_861000/ff_861243_xl.jpg&w=100 69.95 adidas Notre Dame Fighting Irish Hot Sideline Jacket - Navy Blue
    adidas Nebraska Cornhuskers Sideline Hot Quarter Zip Jacket - Scarlet http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Nebraska_Cornhuskers/browse/featuredproduct/861247/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_861000/ff_861247_xl.jpg&w=100 69.95 adidas Nebraska Cornhuskers Sideline Hot Quarter Zip Jacket - Scarlet
    Nike Alabama Crimson Tide 2012 BCS National Champions Players Locker Room Snapback Hat - Charcoal/Black http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Alabama_Crimson_Tide/browse/featuredproduct/1087345/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1087000/ff_1087345_xl.jpg&w=100 29.95 Nike Alabama Crimson Tide 2012 BCS National Champions Players Locker Room Snapba..
    Nike Alabama Crimson Tide 2012 BCS National Champions Locker Room T-Shirt - Ash http://shop.foxsports.com/FOX_Alabama_Crimson_Tide/browse/featuredproduct/1093431/source/foxsports_prsp_ca http://images.footballfanatics.com/FFImage/thumb.aspx?i=/productImages/_1093000/ff_1093431_xl.jpg&w=100 24.95 Nike Alabama Crimson Tide 2012 BCS National Champions Locker Room T-Shirt - Ash