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USC's That's Amazin' ... stats and facts

University of South Carolina freshman wide receiver No. 81 Tori Gurley makes a catch over Ole Miss' Marshay Green for a first down in the second quarter at William-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C.
University of South Carolina freshman wide receiver No. 81 Tori Gurley makes a catch over Ole Miss' Marshay Green for a first down in the second quarter at William-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C.

South Carolina is one-third of the way through its regular season, capped by Thursday's victory against No. 4 Mississippi. Here are some statistics and facts that might have been overlooked:

Best decade

By beating Mississippi, the Gamecocks clinched the winningest decade in program history. They are 64-49 since 2000, besting the mark from the 1980s (63-49-3).

On the way up

All-time, the Gamecocks are 530-530-44.

More sacks

Another improvement from last year: USC allowed more sacks (39) than it had (31) in 2008. This year it has allowed 10 and made 14.

Mr. Consistent

Spencer Lanning has made nine consecutive field goals. The record is 15, set by Collin Mackie between the 1987-88 seasons.

Put up 3

Lanning is also on track to break the USC record for field goals made in a season. That record is also held by Mackie, who made 25 in 1987.

They're money

Are the new assistant coaches - Eric Wolford as the running game coordinator and Jay Graham as the running backs coach - paying off? The Gamecocks are averaging 4.1 yards per rush, compared to 3.0 for last season.

Share the load

That said, it does not look good for USC to have its first 1,000-yard rusher since 2000. Jarvis Giles (157), Brian Maddox (117) and Kenny Miles (108) are splitting carries.

Called back

Tori Gurley's four touchdowns being called back might be a record, but there is no way of knowing. No records are kept on touchdown-negated penalties.

Above average

Moe Brown is averaging 50 yards per carry, thanks to his one rush of the season to open the Florida Atlantic game. But Brown will have to rush 39 more times this year to break the single-season USC record, since it is based on a minimum of 40 attempts. Steve Wadiak holds the record, 8.2 yards per attempt, set in 1948.

- Seth Emerson

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