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No Shaw, No Problem: USC wins home opener

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COLUMBIA, S.C. — In his first career start, sophomore quarterback Dylan Thompson threw for 330 yards and three touchdowns to lead ninth-ranked South Carolina to a 48-10 victory over East Carolina in its home opener on Saturday afternoon at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Thompson, who completed 21-of-37 pass attempts, helped South Carolina amass 528 yards of total offense, including 397 through the air.

The Gamecocks improve to 2-0 on the year and have won six consecutive contests dating back to last season. The win also gives head coach Steve Spurrier the 199th of his collegiate career. The Pirates fall to 1-1 with its second straight loss to South Carolina.

Junior running back Marcus Lattimore led the Gamecock rushing attack with 40 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. He is now tied for the school record for career touchdowns with 33, matching former Gamecock greats George Rogers (1977-80) and Harold Green (1986-89). Senior Kenny Miles added 30 yards on five carries.

South Carolina had 11 different players with at least one or more receptions. Sophomore Rory Anderson led the way with career highs in receptions (four), receiving yards (90) and touchdowns (two). Sophomores Damiere Byrd and Bruce Ellington added 81 and 63 yards, respectively, while senior D.L. Moore had two receptions for 45 yards and two touchdowns. Junior DeAngelo Smith also had a 30-yard touchdown reception, the first of his career.

Defensively, the Gamecocks surrendered 403 yards but they made big plays for the second consecutive week, forcing five turnovers (four interceptions, one fumble). South Carolina has now forced 10 turnovers in its last two meetings with the Pirates.

The Gamecocks return to action next Saturday as they host UAB at Williams-Brice Stadium. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

Courtesy: University of South Carolina Media Relations

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