Sun Sentinel
Football Bowl Subdivision
        === South Carolina thumps Arkansas in final conference game ===
 Columbia,  SC (Sports Network) - Connor Shaw threw for 272 yards and accounted
 for  three  touchdowns to lead  No. 12 South Carolina  to a 38-20 victory over
 Arkansas in an SEC matchup from Williams-Brice Stadium.
 Shaw  completed 14-of-22 attempts while throwing for two touchdowns, and added
 a  rushing  score as the Gamecocks  (8-2, 6-2 SEC) closed out their conference
 schedule with their 10th consecutive home win.
 Bruce  Ellington  finished with 104 yards  and a touchdown on five catches for
 South  Carolina, with Mike  Davis and Kenny Miles combining for 90 yards and a
 score in place of injured star running back Marcus Lattimore.
 "We had a good game plan coming in to today," Shaw said. "Kenny and Mike did a
 good  job  running the ball and  our receivers did  a good job of catching the
 ball, getting open then making a play after the catch."
 Tyler  Wilson accumulated 277 yards and two touchdowns on 26-of-41 passing for
 Arkansas  (4-6, 2-4),  but threw a pair of second-half interceptions -- one of
 which was returned 69 yards for a touchdown by the Gamecocks' D.J. Swearinger.
 The  Razorbacks, who  began what's  been  a disappointing  and turbulent  2012
 season  ranked 10th  in the nation, now  need to win their remaining two games
 against top-25 foes Mississippi State and LSU to become bowl eligible.
 Arkansas  did hang tough with the heavily favored Gamecocks throughout much of
 the  first  half, with the  score deadlocked at  7-7 midway through the second
 quarter before Shaw and his teammates started to take over.
 Just  over a  minute after  Wilson  and Keon  Hatcher connected  for a  6-yard
 touchdown  to tie  the contest, Shaw hit  Ellington on a wheel route for a 36-
 yard  gain that brought  South Carolina to the Arkansas 14 when a roughing the
 passer  penalty  was tacked  on. Three plays  later, the Gamecocks quarterback
 beat the defense to the right pylon on a 10-yard scramble for a 14-7 edge with
 5:28 left in the first half.
 The  Razorbacks  closed to within  four points  on Zach Hooker's 20-yard field
 goal  two minutes  later, with Wilson beginning the 7-play sequence with three
 straight  completions totaling  72 yards. However, Shaw found Ellington behind
 the  Arkansas  defense for a 42-yard  touchdown on the ensuing drive to extend
 South Carolina's margin to 21-10 with 1:30 remaining before intermission.
 South  Carolina  would add on  to its advantage early  in the third quarter by
 orchestrating  a  9-play, 52-yard  series capped by  Adam Yates' 41-yard field
 goal,  then furthered its lead with two more touchdowns before the period came
 to a close.
 The  first  was provided  by the defense,  as Wilson locked  on to his primary
 receiver  and Swearinger  jumped the route before racing untouched 69 yards to
 put the Gamecocks up 31-10 just over four minutes into the second half.
 "We  made a  lot of mistakes. In the  first half, we had some chances and made
 crucial  mistakes. Then we came out [in the] second half and I think the pick-
 six  was a  big momentum changer that  really hurt us." Arkansas coach John L.
 Smith said.
 Wilson  would move  Arkansas inside the South Carolina 10-yard line once again
 on the  subsequent possession, before the  drive stalled and Hooker came on to
 boot  a 21-yard  field goal.  The Gamecocks  quickly got  into scoring  range,
 however, and fully cashed in on their red-zone opportunity.
 A  29-yard  strike from  Shaw to  Rory Anderson created  a 1st-and-goal at the
 Arkansas  6,  with Davis  later crossing the  goal line from  two yards out to
 enable  South  Carolina to  enter the  fourth quarter  with a commanding 38-13
 The  Gamecocks  would keep Arkansas' potent  offense in check until the game's
 final  moments,  when Wilson culminated  an 8-play, 58-yard garbage-time jaunt
 with a 9-yard touchdown pass to Demetrius Wilson with 39 seconds to go.
 Shaw's  29-yard pass  to Jerell Adams with  5:47 left in the first quarter put
 the  Gamecocks on top by a 7-0 count, but the South Carolina offense sputtered
 on its next two drives to allow Arkansas to eventually draw even.
 The  Razorbacks  had a  couple  of  missed chances  early  on,  as an  illegal
 formation  penalty wiped out a 40-yard hookup between Wilson and Cobi Hamilton
 deep into South Carolina territory on the game's initial possession and Dennis
 Johnson fumbled at the Gamecocks' five while stretching for a first down three
 minutes into the second quarter.
 They  would  convert on their next  touch, though. Wilson opened the six-play,
 50-yard  series  with a 27-yard delivery  to Hamilton and later found Javontee
 Herndon for a 20-yard gain before firing a 6-yard pass to Hatcher that knotted
 the score.
                                   Game Notes
 South  Carolina halted a three-game losing streak in the series, with its most
 recent  win over  the Razorbacks a 34-21  decision in Columbia in 2008 ... The
 Gamecocks  have now  chalked  up eight  victories or  more  in three  straight
 seasons  for  the first time  in school history  ... Arkansas had prevailed in
 eight   straight   matchups  against   SEC  East   opponents,  with  its  last
 interdivision  loss a 23-20 setback at Florida on Oct. 17, 2009 ... Wilson now
 has  539  career completions, moving  him past  Clint Stoerner (528) for first
 place on Arkansas' all-time list.
 11/10 19:21:59 ET