Tori Gurley on Saturday became the second Gamecock wide receiver with a receiving touchdown this year.
D.L. Moore caught a 15-yarder for a score from Shaw against Southern Miss. Moore scored again against Furman.
Alshon Jeffery was the only South Carolina player with more than one reception last week against Georgia, but the Gamecocks distributed the ball much more evenly in the first half against Furman. Gurley and tight end Patrick DiMarco each had three catches, Jeffery had two and Moore had one in the first 30 minutes.
Jeffery had two catches for 42 yards in the first half and surpassed 1,000 receiving yards for his career with a 15-yard catch late in the second quarter that set up the Gamecocks’ third touchdown. Jeffery, a sophomore, is the 23rd South Carolina player to eclipse 1,000 receiving yards in a career.
"Tori Gurley had a good game," Steve Spurrier said. "We gave Tori a game ball. He caught some passes and blocked well also. ... Stephen had some good throws here and there, and Alshon caught about everything."
Senior Garrett Chisolm, a former walk-on who moved into the starting left guard spot, missed the game after the death of his father late this week. His absence left South Carolina even thinner at a position that already was of concern. Rokevious Watkins and Terrence Campbell started at guard against the Paladins, and freshman A.J. Cann had to play much of the second half after Watkins left with a shoulder injury.
Senior tackle Hutch Eckerson also missed the game (sprained ankle), leaving the heavy lifting at that spot to starters Jarriel King and Kyle Nunn. Freshman Cody Gibson was the third tackle for the game.
Spurrier criticized his team’s line play but didn’t blame youth.
“I don’t know if it was (Cann) so much as our other guard (Campbell) missed a bunch of assignments I think,” Spurrier said. “We just didn’t play extremely well it appeared.”
Junior spur Antonio Allen played for the first time this season after missing the first two games with a pulled hamstring. Allen, who has been replaced in the starting spot by Damario Jeffery, entered the game in the second quarter. The Gamecocks’ plan for Saturday night was to get Allen enough work that he will feel comfortable next week when South Carolina plays at Auburn, assistant head coach for defense Ellis Johnson said.
Allen probably will start against Auburn, Johnson said.
“I am very proud of the way Damario has played in his absence, but Antonio, I think, can give us an element on blitz, matching up on coverage a little bit better than Damario,” Johnson said.
Johnson is “very hopeful” he will get linebacker Shaq Wilson back against the Tigers, he said.