The No. 14 South Carolina Gamecocks, in a game far less stressful than last week’s double-overtime thriller against Missouri, beat the Mississippi State Bulldogs 34-16 on Saturday. The win moves the Gamecocks to 7-2 on the year and drops the Bulldogs, who play Texas A&M next week, to 4-4.
The Gamecocks got strong games out of running back Mike Davis and quarterback Connor Shaw. Davis averaged 8.5 yards per carry on his way to 128 yards on the day, and Shaw threw for 147 yards, four touchdowns, and no interceptions. The South Carolina quarterback was battling a virus earlier in the week and had missed practice on both Monday and Tuesday.
On the other hand, it was a tough day for Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott. The sophomore rushed for 78 yards and two scores, but he also had a fumble along with three interceptions. Through the first seven games of the season, Prescott had only thrown three picks.
The Gamecocks will have next week off before taking on the Florida Gators on Nov. 16.