Junior defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and sophomore tailback Mike Davis did not play. They get another week for nagging injuries to heal before the Clemson game.
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The junior quarterback’s first play in the game was a 34-yard touchdown pass to Nick Jones late in the first quarter. Thompson scored on a nine-yard touchdown run in the second half.
The freshman tailback scored on his first carry of the game, a 3-yard touchdown run in the first quarter — that also was the first of his career. He added a 52-yard run in the fourth quarter.
The freshman wide receiver caught his first touchdown pass of the season, an 18-yarder from Thompson in the second quarter. He also scored on a 71-yard touchdown run in the second half from the Wildcat.
The sophomore tailback broke off a 27-yard run on his first carry since getting injured in the UCF win in the fourth game of the season. He later scored on a pair of touchdown runs.
The Gamecocks piled up 42 points on 19 first downs and 348 total yards while never letting the Chanticleers up for air.
The high-powered CCU offense, which entered the game averaging 45.5 and 512.5 yards, never got untracked against an SEC defense, and it was over before the end of the first quarter once the USC offense got rolling.
The game got so out of hand in the third quarter that the sparse remaining crowd did The Wave, a throwback to the 1980s that nobody needed to see.