The 14th ranked South Carolina Gamecocks rallied from a 7-0 deficit in the first quarter to beat the Mississippi State Bulldogs 34-16 at Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia on Saturday.
Gamecocks quarterback Connor Shaw threw four touchdown passes. Two of them went to Shaq Roland in the first quarter, to put South Carolina ahead to stay.
Damiere Byrd and Jerell Adams caught TD passes in the third quarter. Former WPDE Zoneman winner Shon Carson from Lake City had six carries for 18 yards. Carson also caught one pass for 24 yards.
South Carolina running back Mike Davis went over 1,000 yards rushing for the season. Davis had 15 carries for 128 yards. He also had two catches for 26 yards, despite playing with sore ribs.
South Carolina kicker Elliott Fry also booted a pair of field goals with a long of 44 yards.
The Bulldogs from Mississippi State committed five turnovers to none for the Gamecocks. Former Darlington High standout Victor Hampton had a fumble recovery, and tipped a pass that led to an interception for South Carolina. Hampton also had eight tackles and three pass break-ups.
The Gamecocks overall record is now 7-2, 5-2 in the SEC. South Carolina will take next weekend off before hosting the Florida Gators in Columbia on November 16. Kickoff time has yet to be determined.