Gamecocks Crush Coastal 70-10

South Carolina beat Coastal Carolina. But CCU still earned an automatic FCS playoff berth.

Connor Shaw passed for a touchdown and ran for a score in less than a quarter of work as No. 12 South Carolina scored the most points in Steve Spurrier's nine seasons as coach in a 70-10 victory over Coastal Carolina on Saturday.

The Gamecocks (9-2) scored on their first six possessions and surpassed their output from a 69-24 win over Troy in 2010. And it came with South Carolina resting several starters for rival Clemson next Saturday night, including defensive linemen Jadeveon Clowney and Kelcy Quarles and the Southeastern Conference's leading rusher in Mike Davis.

Former Lake City star Shon Carson had 11 carries for 38 yards and scored his first collegiate touchdown for the Gamecocks. Ex-Darlington High standout Victor Hampton made six tackles and had an interception, one of three turnovers by Coastal.

The Gamecocks won their record 17th straight game at home and Shaw improved to 25-5 as a starter, moving past Todd Ellis' wins mark.

Lorenzo Taliaferro scored Coastal's only touchdown on a 1-yard reception from Alex Ross.

The news wasn't all bad for Coastal Carolina (10-2). The Chants learned before halftime they shared a Big South championship and earned the league's FCS playoff bid. Liberty beat Charleston Southern 56-14 to tie Coastal for the Big South title. CCU won the tie-breaker with Liberty because they beat the Flames earlier this season.