With 8:46 left in the third quarter Connor Shaw connected with Nick Jones on a 25 yard touchdown pass. That was Shaw’s fourth scoring toss of the day. It took the sophomore just over two quarters to equal the touchdown total of his predecessor over the first five games. Shaw exceeded everyone’s expectations Saturday, completing 26 of his 39 passes for 311 yards and the four scores. He did not throw an interception and was sacked three times. He is the first Gamecock quarterback to throw four touchdown passes in a game since Blake Mitchell in 2006.
Shaw spread the wealth too. Ten different players caught passes and seven of those caught at least two balls. Alshon Jeffery led the way with six receptions for 95 yards and two scores. Ace Sanders and tight end Justice Cunningham each grabbed five passes. Bruce Ellington had three catches for 22 yards. Ellington also had an electric 61 yard score on a run out of the wildcat formation in the fourth quarter.
The USC offense rolled up 639 yards of total offense. That’s obviously impressive. Perhaps equally impressive is the fact the USC defense only gave up 96 yards of total offense to Kentucky. Ellis Johnson’s unit dominated the outmanned Wildcats entire game. The Cats only picked up six first downs all game.
USC will face Mississippi State next week in Starkville. That game will kick off at 12:21 on the SEC Network.