South Carolina 56 - East Carolina 37
The season-opening victory extends South Carolina’s opening-game
winning streak to 13 games. The Gamecocks last season-opening
loss came in the 1999 season.
- Saturday night’s win over East
Carolina also improves head coach Steve Spurrier’s record to 22-1
all-time in season-opening games.
- With the victory, head coach
Steve Spurrier is now tied for second the all-time wins list at South
Carolina with Jim Carlen at 45 victories. Rex Enright is the
school record holder with 64 career wins.
- South Carolina’s win
over East Carolina keeps head coach Steve Spurrier’s record perfect
against schools outside of BCS automatic qualifying conferences.
He is a perfect 42-0 in his career against non-BCS schools,
including a 16-0 mark since his arrival in Columbia.
Carolina’s 56-point total is the second highest point total by a Steve
Spurrier coached team. It is the most points by the Gamecocks
since 69 vs. Troy on Nov. 20, 2010.
- The 93 points combined by
South Carolina and East Carolina is tied for third highest most points
combined total for South Carolina and an opponent in school history.
South Carolina and Troy also had 93 points last year in a 69-24
Gamecock win on Nov. 20, 2010.
- South Carolina improves to 11-5
all-time in the series vs. East Carolina. Head coach Steve
Spurrier is now 1-0 vs. East Carolina.
Sophomore quarterback Connor Shaw made his first career start in
Saturday’s game. It snaps a streak of 28 consecutive games for South
Carolina with Stephen Garcia as starting quarterback. The last
time Garcia didn’t start, Chris Smelley was the starter for South
Carolina at Clemson on November 29, 2008.
- Junior wide receiver
Alshon Jeffery has recorded a reception in 24 consecutive games dating
back to September 9, 2009 vs. Florida Atlantic. Jeffery had five
receptions for 92 yards. His 92 receiving yards moved him past
Zola Davis (1995-98) for third all-time in receiving yards at Carolina.
Jeffery now has 139 receptions for 2,372 yards in his career.
Jeffery has had at three receptions or more for 23 consecutive
games dating back to Oct. 20, 2009 vs. Kentucky.
quarterback Stephen Garcia’s 32-yard touchdown run was his longest run
from scrimmage in his career at South Carolina. His previous long
run was 25 yards on March 11, 2008 vs. Kentucky. Garcia finished
the evening with two touchdown rushes, tying his career-high. He
also rushed for two touchdowns in 2010 vs. Southern Miss and Tennessee.
Garcia rushed five times for 56 yards.
- Sophomore running
back Marcus Lattimore recorded his fifth 100-plus yard rushing game of
his career. Lattimore finished with 23 carries for 112 yards.
It is Lattimore’s fourth highest rushing game in his career at
South Carolina. Lattimore’s three rushing touchdown gives him 20
in his career with the Garnet & Black moving him into eighth place
all-time in school history for rushing touchdowns. He now has 22
touchdowns for his career at South Carolina. Lattimore also tied
a career-high for rushing touchdowns in a game. He also had three
at Florida on Nov. 13, 2010 and three vs. Troy on Nov. 20, 2010.
Ace Sanders’ three-yard touchdown reception was his third receiving
touchdown of his career. His previous touchdown reception came
vs. Florida State at the 2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl, also a three-yard score
off a pass from Stephen Garcia.
Senior spur Antonio Allen returned a fumble for a touchdown for 25
yards. It is the first fumble return for a touchdown by the
Gamecocks since Byron McKnight had a 1-yard return on November 6, 2010
- Allen also tallied a career-high with 16 tackles for
the evening. His previous high was eight vs. Arkansas on Nov. 6,
2010. Allen finished with two fumbles forced and two fumble
recoveries as well as one pass breakup.
- Junior defensive back
Stephon Gilmore finished with 10 tackles, tying a career-high for
Gilmore. He now has registered at least five tackles or more in
the last seven games he has played. Gilmore previously had 10
tackles on Nov. 14, 2009 vs. Florida.
- Freshman defensive lineman
Jadeveon Clowney made his first collegiate start. He is the first
freshman defensive lineman to start a game for the Gamecocks since
Travian Robertson on September 1, 2007. Clowney finished with
seven tackles for the evening as well as a pass breakup and a
- Senior defensive lineman Melvin Ingram had a
three-yard interception return in the fourth quarter. It was
Ingram’s first interception of his career for the Garnet & Black.
Special Team Notes
Sophomore Ace Sanders had a 68-yard punt return for a touchdown.
That is the first punt return for a touchdown by a Gamecock
player since Chavez Donnings had a 73-yard return for a TD vs. Florida
on Nov. 15. 2003.