Football Bowl Subdivision
                     === No. 8 South Carolina routs UAB ===
 Columbia,  SC  (Sports Network) -  Dylan Thompson completed 5-of-10 passes for
 177 yards and threw for two touchdowns to lead eighth-ranked South Carolina to
 a 49-6 win over Alabama-Birmingham on Saturday.
 Connor  Shaw  started at quarterback for  the Gamecocks (3-0), but was knocked
 out  of  the game  late in  the first  half after  re-injuring a shoulder that
 sidelined him last week. He went 8-for-14 through the air for 107 yards with a
 touchdown and interception.
 Gamecocks  head  coach Steve  Spurrier  notched  his  200th  career win  as  a
 Marcus  Lattimore rushed  for 85 yards and  a touchdown on 12 carries and Mike
 Davis  ran  for 84 yards and  a score for  South Carolina, which has won seven
 straight dating back to last season.
 "Every  game is a little different. This was one of the closest 49-6 game I've
 ever  been around" Spurrier said. "They stuffed us pretty good the first half.
 We  were fortunate  to get what points  we could. Seems like we couldn't get a
 guy open or hit anybody. It was a struggle."
 Jonathan  Perry  was 17-of-34 passing  for 219  yards and Patrick Hearn caught
 four  passes for  66  yards for  the  Blazers (0-2),  who  have dropped  three
 straight to the Gamecocks.
 "I'm  really proud of our team. I think that our team really hung in there and
 played  with a  great attitude for a  long time," UAB head coach Garrick McGee
 said.  "I  thought they did a  good job on Marcus  Lattimore who is one of the
 more  dominating football  players  in the  country.  I think  we  went in  at
 halftime and he only had about 30 yards, so I'm really proud of our kids. They
 really hung in there and competed with one of the top teams in the country for
 a long time in the game."
 UAB  returned  the opening kick 53  yards, but couldn't get anything going and
 settled for a 33-yard Ty Long field goal.
 South  Carolina finally got on the board with 2:17 left in the first when D.J.
 Swearinger recovered a Perry fumble and returned it 65 yards for a touchdown.
 After stopping the Blazers on fourth down the Gamecocks took over on their own
 36.  Shaw found Ace Sanders for 25 yards to get into UAB territory. Shaw later
 found Sanders again for a 16-yard touchdown.
 Long  nailed a 46-yarder with 8:30 to play in the first half to cap an 8-play,
 29 yard drive.
 After  a Hunter  Mullins punt netted 19 yards, South Carolina needed just five
 plays  to  cross the  goal line.  After three  consecutive incompletions a UAB
 penalty on fourth down gave the Gamecocks new life. Shaw found Bruce Ellington
 for  20  yards to  put the  ball on the  UAB 2.  Shaw, however, re-injured his
 shoulder on the play after being on the wrong end of a vicious hit. He did not
 return to the game.
 "Connor  got hit on that sore spot in his back. As soon as he threw it the guy
 hit  him on that spot. It was painful," Spurrier said. "Before the game I said
 `If you get hit will you be hurting?' He said, `No, I'm alright.' The trainers
 and  doctors all  cleared him. I thought  he earned and deserved the chance to
 start.  He  struggled early  there. Fortunately  he got a  good throw to Bruce
 (Ellington), but he struggled. He seemed to be tentative or maybe hesitant."
 Lattimore would punch it in from 2-yards out on the following play.
 It  was all South Carolina in the second half as the Gamecocks added a pair of
 touchdowns in both the third and fourth quarter.
 Thompson capped a 9-play, 75-yard march with a 6-yard TD scamper. Thompson was
 just  3-for-7 on the  drive, but he found Ellington for 43 yards to set up the
 Later  in the  quarter Thompson  hooked  up with  Damiere Bryd  for a  94-yard
 touchdown pass.
 In  the  fourth, Sanders returned a  UAB punt 35  yards to the Blazers' 30 and
 Thompson found Shaq Roland in the end zone on the next play for the score.
 After  forcing yet  another UAB three-and-out the Gamecocks found the end zone
 once  again  and Davis bulled  his way  in for a  3-yard score. Earlier in the
 drive,  Davis  broke off a  20-yard rush  before Seth Strickland found Jerrell
 Adams for a 33-yard gain to set up the score.
                                   Game Notes
 South  Carolina has  gone 3-0 in three straight seasons ... The Gamecocks held
 UAB  to  just 27 yards  rushing on 42 attempts  ... Lattimore broke the school
 record  for career touchdowns with 34 ... UAB has allowed 442 rushing yards in
 its first two games.
 09/16 00:39:36 ET