Connor Shaw threw four touchdown passes, the defense created five turnovers and Mike Davis reached 1,000 yards for the season Saturday as No. 14 South Carolina remained in the thick of the SEC East race with a 34-16 win over Mississippi State.
The Gamecocks (7-2, 5-2 SEC) took control of the game in the third quarter, scoring two touchdowns in the span of five minutes to take a 31-10 lead with 7:52 left in the third quarter.
Shaw threw two scoring passes to sophomore Shaq Roland in the first half, one from 14 yards and one from 43. Wide receiver Damiere Byrd and tight end Jerell Adams were on the end of shorter touchdown passes in the third quarter.
South Carolina’s attention then turned to scoreboard watching as the Gamecocks need Georgia and Missouri to lose again to give them a chance to play in the SEC championship game. The Bulldogs are playing Florida in a game that started at 3:30 p.m., while the Tigers take on Tennessee tonight.