1. It won’t always be as easy at it was against Kentucky.
The Gamecocks’ offense soared last week, beating Kentucky 54-3 in Connor Shaw’s first SEC start. Saturday, Shaw threw for 155 yards and struggled against pressure at times. Where as the Wildcats failed to gain 100 yards, Mississippi State had 296 behind a first-time starter in quarterback Tyler Russell.
2. The Gamecocks can win without Marcus Lattimore.
They hope they don’t have to keep proving it, but they showed on their game-winning drive that other people can make plays. Lattimore, a sophomore All-SEC running back, had 39 yards on 17 carries. He has averaged 3.7 yards per carry in the past four games.
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3. The road is no longer a wasteland.
A program that historically has struggled away from home is 3-0 away from Williams-Brice this season. The Gamecocks have won five straight road games for the first time, and they are doing it in all kinds of ways. Against Georgia, the Gamecocks won a 45-42 shootout. Saturday was a defensive battle.