Behind 272 passing yards and four passing touchdowns, South Carolina's Black team defeated the Garnet team 38-24 in the Gamecocks' Annual Garnet & Black Spring Game in front of a crowd of 34,513 inside Williams-Brice Stadium Saturday.
Quarterback Tanner McEvoy led the way for the Black squad with 132 yard and two touchdowns, while Connor Shaw completed 6 of 7 passes for 128 yards and two more scores. Shaw made his presence known early by connecting with wide receiver Damiere Byrd for a 70-yard touchdown pass on the game's first play.
Shaw later hit walk-on receiver Riley Gallaher for a 39-yard score on the first play of the second quarter in the spring game's traditional "receiver off the sidelines" to give the Black a 14-3 lead.
Six quarterbacks saw time Saturday and combined to complete 39 of 54 passes for 511 yards and 6 touchdowns with two interceptions.
"We obviously threw the ball and caught it better than any spring game," coach Steve Spurrier said. "Probably more passing yards and completions. I thought coverage could've been better. We didn't have a pass rush. Jadeveon Clowney and Devin Taylor didn't play much. The quarterbacks had time and the receivers caught about everything. They had good routes. Who's to say if our coverage is suspect or not, but I know Coach [Lorenzo] Ward wasn't happy about some guys getting behind them. It made the offensive guys look pretty good throwing and catching. Whatever it means, I don't know."
Dylan Thompson also threw the ball well for the Garnet team, completing 15 of 20 passes for a game-high 168 yards. He also threw a 22-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Nick Jones in the third quarter.
Minus starter Marcus Lattimore, the Gamecocks didn't run the ball as well. Both squads combined for just 115 yards, but also combined to run the ball just 29 times.
Safety Sheldon Royster essentially put the game away when he intercepted Seth Strickland's pass and returned it 50 yards for a touchdown on the final play of the first half to put the Black team up 35-10.
You can read more about South Carolina's spring game on the school's official website.