Columbia, SC (SportsNetwork.com) - Dylan Thompson threw two touchdowns and Brandon Wilds rushed for two scores as the No. 12 South Carolina Gamecocks destroyed the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers, 70-10, at Williams-Brice Stadium.
Thompson entered the game after Connor Shaw went 8-of-11 for 115 yards with a touchdown and rushed for 39 yards and a score. Thompson passed for 140 yards. Shaq Roland, Nick Jones, and Pharoh Cooper all caught touchdowns.
"We had Coastal Carolina outmanned and outsized. I'm really proud of our guys, they played well. I didn't know it was going to end up like this; I didn't know we were going to end up with 42 at the half. We scored about every time and messed up once and our defense played very well, so we kept getting the ball back," said South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier.
Mike Davis, the SEC's leading rusher, sat out with a sprained ankle, but South Carolina (9-2, 6-2 SEC) still ran for 352 yards. The Gamecocks were also without defensive linemen Jadeveon Clowney and Kelcy Quarles.
Cooper ran for 81 yards with a rushing touchdown, while Jamari Smith led all South Carolina rushers with 103 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown. The Gamecocks extended their home winning streak to a school-record 17 games.
Alex Ross threw for 168 yards on 15-of-25 efficiency with a touchdown and an interception. Lorenzo Taliaferro hauled in Coastal Carolina's (10-2, 4-1 Big South) only touchdown.
"It was pretty tough. They just outplayed us up front and I think that was the big difference in the game. We got beat pretty bad up there," said Taliaferro.
The Gamecocks scored touchdowns on their first six drives. Shaw put them on the board when he rolled out to his right and launched a perfect pass to Roland, who dove into the end zone for a 35-yard touchdown. Smith ran through the middle from three yards out for his first career touchdown on the next possession to put South Carolina up by two touchdowns midway through the first quarter.
Shaw rushed for eight yards and then found Damiere Byrd for a 9-yard completion to place the Gamecocks at the Coastal Carolina's 1-yard line. Shaw ran the ball in from a yard out for the score.
After Coastal Carolina turned the ball over on downs, Thompson connected with Jones from 34 yards out on a post route to put South Carolina up 28-0 with 43 seconds remaining in the first.
Thompson aired out an 18-yard pass to Cooper to put the Gamecocks up by five touchdowns.Once the Gamecocks reached Coastal Carolina's red zone on their next drive, Wilds rushed for 13 yards to the Chanticleers' 1-yard line and then, barreled through the middle for the touchdown with 7:53 remaining in the first half.
Coastal Carolina scored its only touchdown of the day with 3:23 left in the first half. A 34-yard catch by Tyrell Blanks placed the Chanticleers at the Gamecocks' 2. Ross scrambled in the backfield on 4th-and-Goal and hit Taliaferro in the end zone.
The Gamecocks scored four rushing touchdowns in the second half. Thompson ran in the ball from nine yards out before Cooper broke loose for a 71-yard touchdown on the ensuing drive. Shon Carson and Wilds both entered the end zone on short gains before Alex Catron kicked a 46-yard field goal for the Chanticleers to account for the final score.
The Gamecocks will wrap up the regular season next Saturday when they host Clemson in the annual Palmetto State showdown ... South Carolina's 17-game home winning streak is the longest current home winning streak in the country ... Shaw earned his 25th career win as a starting quarterback, breaking the school record currently held by Todd Ellis. Shaw is 24-5 as a starter for the Gamecocks ... Cooper caught his first career touchdown in the second quarter ... This was the first meeting between the two schools.
11/23 18:14:39 ET