The South Carolina Gamecocks went all ‘96 Chicago Bulls on Charleston Southern on Saturday. The Gamecocks dumptrucked their opposition 72-10 to get to .500 on the season after taking a loss in their season opener last week to the North Carolina Tar Heels.
Playing in place of the injured Jake Bentley, Ryan Hilinski went off. Hilinski tossed two touchdowns and went 24-for-30 for 282 yards passing. He did have one interception, but he was otherwise brilliant. His top target was Bryan Edwards, who caught a team-high five receptions on a team-high seven targets, for 112 yards and those aforementioned two touchdowns.
The run game was where South Carolina really excelled though. The team trucked for 493 yards on the ground with EIGHT rushing touchdowns. Kevin Harris had the most of all with three, as he rumbled for 147 yards on just six carries. Rico Dowdle had two touchdowns, going for 10 rushes and 87 yards. Mon Denson had 18 yards on nine carries with one touchdown, and Dakereon Joyner had 53 yards, four carries and one touchdown. Hilinski also had a rushing score.
South Carolina’s defense held overmatched Charleston Southern to just 195 yards through the air and 72 yards on the ground. They averaged just three yards per carry and 4.23 yards per passing attempt. It was certainly a great day for them to say the very least.
South Carolina will now look to the big, bad Alabama Crimson Tide, who they’ll face off with next week in the SEC on CBS opener.