USC quarterback Connor Shaw made the first start of his career in his home state Saturday when the Gamecocks played at Georgia. And me made it a memorable start, in both good and bad ways.
On the good side, Shaw passed for 228 yards and 2 touchdowns with no interceptions, and he rushed for 75 yards. His 303 total yards were the 6th most of his career. On the bad side, he coughed up the football at the end of a 9 yard run at the Georgia 25 with the Gamecocks driving for the tie breaking score.
Shaw was just one of several offensive stars for the Gamecocks. Mike Davis rushed for a career high 149 yards and had 4 catches for 49 yards. Nick Jones caught a career high 6 passes for 97 yards and 2 scores.
The last time the Gamecocks scored at least 30 points in a loss was a 41-37 setback at Georgia in 2009. And their 454 total yards are the most in a loss since they had 472 yards in a 31-28 loss at Kentucky in 2010.
The loss is just the fourth defeat for Shaw as USC’s starter, but all four have come on the road against nationally ranked teams.