The Gamecocks did better than many people thought they were going to in a 41-13 rout of the Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles.
The 24 points by the half and the 41 points total were the most for the Gamecocks since the 2006 Liberty Bowl against Houston.
The 41 total points in the season opener were the most for the Gamecocks since way back in 1985, when they clobbered the Citadel 56-17. The 28-point victory was the largest margin of victory in a season opener since the team beat N.C. State 34-0 in 2008.
The biggest question for many going into the game was how freshman running back Marcus Lattimore would do in his college debut. He started off his Gamecock career with a strong performance, gaining 54 yards on 14 carries and scoring two touchdowns on the ground. He also caught two passes for 21 yards.
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How do these numbers compare to past highly touted running backs in their South Carolina debuts? The two most recent running backs that spring to mind are Demetris Summers and Derek Watson.
In Summers' debut, a 14-7 Gamecock victory against Louisiana-Lafayette, he rushed for 23 yards on three carries and no touchdowns. However, he was more versatile than Lattimore in his first collegiate game, returning the opening kick-off for 25 yards and returning two punts for a total of 27 yards.
Watson, on the other hand, was almost exclusively used in the running game, and he excelled. The much-anticipated freshman ran for 118 yards on 15 carries, an average of 7.9 yards per carry. He also caught two passes for 9 yards in a 10-0 loss to the N.C. State Wolfpack.
All of Gamecocks nation is watching in anticipation of the next blue-chip running back to wear the garnet and black. Will Lattimore be the first South Carolina running back to rush for 1,000 yards in a season since Derek Watson? Will he help to cure the rushing woes that the Gamecocks have experienced over the last several seasons?
Only time will tell, and all those who are loyal to the garnet and black will be anxiously waiting to hear the answer.