Football Bowl Subdivision
              === No. 9 South Carolina routs ECU without Shaw ===
 Columbia, SC (Sports Network) - No Connor Shaw, no problem.
 The  South  Carolina junior quarterback sat  with a bruised right shoulder and
 backup  Dylan  Thompson threw for 330  yards with three touchdowns to lead the
 ninth-ranked Gamecocks to a 48-10 rout of East Carolina.
 Thompson  completed 21-of-37  passes and was not intercepted in place of Shaw,
 who   was  hurt  in  last  week's  season-opener  against  Vanderbilt.  Third-
 string  senior Seth  Strickland  also  threw a  touchdown  pass,  as did  wide
 receiver Ace Sanders in the lopsided victory.
 "My  job as the backup is to always be ready," Thompson said. "All week I just
 had  my mind  focused on it's my  week to show what I  can do. We got off to a
 great start."
 Marcus Lattimore ran for 40 yards and the opening touchdown of the contest for
 the Gamecocks (2-0). South Carolina racked up 528 yards of total offense.
 Rio  Johnson and Shane  Carden combined for 333 yards through the air for East
 Carolina  (1-1),  which was coming  off a 35-13  win over Appalachian State to
 open  the  season. Johnson  finished with  193 yards, but was picked off three
 "It is very hard to lose a game like this, but this doesn't change our goal of
 winning  our  conference," Carden said.  "We just have to  be ready to go next
 South  Carolina opened  the scoring just over  a minute into the contest, as a
 53-yard pass from Thompson to Damiere Byrd set up Lattimore's 6-yard touchdown
 After  Warren  Harvey missed a  46-yard field goal  try for East Carolina, the
 Gamecocks  quickly marched  71 yards the other  way. Four plays of at least 12
 yards  each set up  Thompson's 7-yard TD pass to Rory Anderson for a 14-0 lead
 with just under six minutes left in the first quarter.
 Thompson  hit DeAngelo  Smith  with a  30-yard scoring  strike  just over  two
 minutes  into the  second quarter before East Carolina's next possession ended
 with a Brison Williams interception of Johnson inside the South Carolina 10.
 ECU's  Jabril  Solomon fumbled  inside South Carolina  territory a few minutes
 later  to  thwart another drive and  Johnson was picked off by D.J. Swearinger
 with just over a minute to play in the half.
 Carden  started the  second half  under center  for East  Carolina and  he was
 picked  off  by Shaq  Wilson on  his first pass  attempt. Thompson then needed
 three  plays to put  the Gamecocks back in the end zone, throwing a 29-yard TD
 pass to D.L. Moore for a 28-0 cushion.
 Johnson  was back  in the lineup for  ECU's next series and he was intercepted
 immediately by Jimmy Legree, who raced 34 yards the other way for a score.
 The  Pirates  finally got on the  board late in  the third on a 23-yard Harvey
 field goal, but the Gamecocks used a gadget play early in the fourth to add to
 their lead as Sanders hit Moore with a 16-yard scoring strike to make it 41-3.
 Carden  put ECU  into the end zone a  few minutes later with a 34-yard pass to
 Justin Hardy, who finished the contest with eight catches for 111 yards.
 Thompson  fumbled  away  South  Carolina's  next  possession,  but  Strickland
 finished the rout with a 51-yard TD strike to Anderson in the final minute.
                                   Game Notes
 Anderson  had four  catches for 90 yards  in the victory ... East Carolina has
 now  lost 12 straight games when scoring 20 points or fewer ... South Carolina
 leads  the all-time series, 12-5, including a 56-37 win last year in Charlotte
 ...  South Carolina  hosts  UAB  next Saturday  ...  East  Carolina will  open
 Conference USA play next Saturday at Southern Miss.
 09/08 19:52:31 ET