USC coach Steve Spurrier is not known for lavishing praise on his quarterbacks. In fact, he probably rides those players harder than any others on his team. So, it was no flippant remark Saturday night when he singled out Connor Shaw as the greatest quarterback in Gamecock history.
Of course, arguments could be made for others like Tommy Suggs, Jeff Grantz, Steve Taneyhill, Todd Ellis, Phil Petty, Mike Hold, Anthony Wright and Bobby Fuller. But none of those was is USC’s all time winningest quarterback, and none of of those went undefeated at home during his career. Shaw is and he did. And he added to his legacy with another sharp outing in the win over Clemson.
Shaw was practically a one man Gamecock offense. With Clemson dead set on shutting down Mike Davis and the conventional running game with a variety of blitzes, the Spurrier called on Shaw to use his arm and his legs to produce points.
Shaw accounted for 246 total yards and 2 touchdowns. The Gamecocks converted 10 of 19 third down plays. Four of those conversions came on runs by Shaw and four came on pass completions. That helped the Gamecocks to a 16 minute time of possession advantage, a key reason they were able to win the game.
Shaw went 2-0 in his career as a starter against Clemson. In those two victories he combined to complete 28 of 46 passes for 362 yards, 4 touchdowns and no interceptions. He also rushed 41 times for 201 yards and 2 scores.