#Gamecocks open Beamer era in style with 46-0 victory (AUDIO)

Jaylan Foster (right) sparked the Gamecocks defense with an early interception and South Carolina never relented, holding Eastern Illinois to 109 total yards and 0 of 9 on 3rd down (University of South Carolina Athletics Communications)

South Carolina pummeled Eastern Illinois 46-0 in Shane Beamer’s head coaching debut. Quarterback Zeb Noland looked right at home in throwing for four touchdowns to four different receivers. ZaQuandre White, starting in place of Kevin Harris (illness), rushed for 133 yards on just a dozen carries. White also led all receivers (39 yards) and punctuated his performance with a 63-yard touchdown.

Overall, the offense produced five scores and 448 yards, but the Gamecocks’ defense was even better. Defensive coordinator Clayton White seemed to have all the answers as his unit limited the Panthers to 109 yards and just 1.4 yards per carry. Defensive end Jordan Burch capped the scoring with a 61-yard interception return for a touchdown.

Pete Lembo’s special teams also shined with a fake PAT for a two-point conversion and two blocked punts. Once the outcome was clear, South Carolina leaned on its running game to salt the game away. Seven Gamecocks combined for 263 rushing yards.

Beamer and his new staff will get their first road test next week when South Carolina visits East Carolina.

Final Stats

SportsTalk at the Stadium:

Josh Vann (6) was one of four receivers to catch a touchdown from Zeb Noland, Saturday (Chris Gillespie)

Gamecocks head coach Shane Beamer

Running back ZaQuandre White

Defensive end Jordan Burch

Quarterback Zeb Noland

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