Gamecocks Roll Past Arkansas, 38-20
COLUMBIA, S.C. — No.
12/11 South Carolina amassed 383 yards of offense and forced three
turnovers en route to a dominant 38-20 win over Arkansas on Saturday
afternoon at Williams-Brice Stadium.
With the victory, the Gamecocks improve to 8-2 overall and 6-2 in the
SEC. The win snaps a three-game losing streak to the Razorbacks and
extends South Carolina’s home winning streak to 10 games, which is the
third longest streak in school history. Arkansas drops to 4-6 on the
season and 2-4 in conference play.
The Gamecocks racked up more than 300 yards of offense for the seventh
time this season and fell just short of reaching 400 for the fourth
time. Junior quarterback Connor Shaw led the way, completing 14-of-22
passes for 272 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for a score as
well. Five of his completions went to sophomore receiver Bruce
Ellington, who finished the contest with a career-high 104 receiving
yards and a touchdown. Freshman tight end Jerell Adams added a 29-yard
touchdown reception, the first of his career.
Freshman running back Mike Davis led the ground attack, rushing for 57 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries.
Defensively, the Gamecocks surrendered 360 yards of offense but they
forced three turnovers, including a 69-yard interception return for a
touchdown by senior D.J. Swearinger. A native of Greenwood, S.C.,
Swearinger recorded a career-high 13 tackles on the day.
Senior cornerback Akeem Auguste also had an interception, while senior
linebacker Reginald Bowens recovered a fumble. Sophomore defensive end
Jadeveon Clowney added two tackles and a sack. He now has 9.5 on the
season, which ranks third all-time at South Carolina for sacks in a
The Gamecocks came out strong early offensively as they marched 77
yards in 10 plays on their opening possession. Shaw connected with
Adams across the middle for a 29-yard scoring strike to give South
Carolina a 7-0 lead at the 5:47 mark of the first quarter.
Arkansas knotted the game at 7-7 midway through the second quarter, as
quarterback Tyler Wilson capped a six-play, 50-yard scoring drive with
a 6-yard touchdown pass to Keon Hatcher. For the contest, Wilson
completed 26-of-41 passes for 277 yards and two touchdowns. He also
threw a pair of interceptions.
South Carolina answered to regain the lead for good on the ensuing
possession. A 36-yard pass from Shaw to Ellington and a personal foul
penalty on the Razorbacks on the third play of the drive set the
Gamecocks up at the Arkansas 14-yard line. Three plays later, Shaw
rolled around the right side and sprinted to the pylon for a 10-yard
touchdown run, giving the Gamecocks a 14-7 advantage with 5:28 left in
A 20-yard field goal by Zach Hocker at the 3:28 mark of the second
quarter pulled Arkansas to within 14-10, but South Carolina extended
its lead to double digits just before the half. On fourth and 5 from
the Arkansas 42, Shaw connected with a wide-open Ellington near the
sideline, and Ellington made a defender miss as he darted into the end
zone for a touchdown, giving the Gamecocks a 21-10 lead with 1:30
remaining in the half.
The Razorbacks moved the ball to the Gamecock 45 on their last
possession of the half, but Aldrick Fordham and Chaz Sutton each came
up with a sack to end the threat and send the teams into the locker
room with South Carolina leading 21-10.
South Carolina put the game out of reach early in the second half.
After Adam Yates drilled a 41-yard field goal to give the Gamecocks a
24-10 lead on the opening possession of the third quarter, the defense
provided the game-sealing play on the ensuing possession. On first and
10 from the South Carolina 36, Swearinger stepped in front of a Wilson
pass and returned the interception 69 yards to the end zone, giving the
Gamecocks a 31-10 cushion.
After Hocker made it a 31-13 game with a 21-yard field goal at the 5:48
mark of the third quarter, the Gamecocks added one more touchdown, a
2-yard run by Davis, on the ensuing possession to push their lead to
The Gamecocks return to action next Saturday in their final home game
of the season against Wofford. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. at
Williams-Brice Stadium. The game will be televised on a pay-per-view