Not much opposition for the only other SEC team with a noon kickoff.
Shaw was scratched from the starting lineup after a week of uncertainty following the shoulder injury he suffered against Vanderbilt. His replacement, sophomore Dylan Thompson, went an unimpressive 0-for-3 in spot duty against the Commodores, but he shined against the Pirates.
Thompson connected on 21 of 37 passes for 330 yards and three touchdowns on the afternoon. The youngster aimed downfield early and often despite it being just his first start, starting with a 53-yard completion to Damiere Byrd on the fourth play of the game to set up a Marcus Lattimore touchdown two plays later. For the afternoon Thompson connected on touchdown strikes of 7, 30 and 29 yards, helping the Gamecocks to a 28-0 lead just after halftime.
The Gamecocks rolled up 528 yards of total offense, with 397 of those coming through the air against the overmatched Pirates' secondary. South Carolina totaled 131 yards on the ground, but Lattimore only accounted for 40 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries. The Gamecocks were undoubtedly trying to limit Lattimore's carries against an overmatched opponent, but those numbers won't cut it for a Heisman hopeful.