South Carolina/Central Florida Post-Game Notes
South Carolina traveled to Central Florida for a non-conference road game and got all they could handle from the Knights.
After trailing 10-0 at halftime, South Carolina went on to dominate the second half before Central Florida fought their way back to three points in the closing minutes.
However, it wasn't enough as the Gamecocks held on to a 28-25 victory over a solid UCF team.
Here are a few news and notes to take away from Saturday's game:
1.) Connor Shaw left the game early with an injury to his right shoulder and remained out for the rest of the day. Steve Spurrier said after the game that Shaw would be out for the next couple of weeks as he recovers from the injury. Backup quarterback Dylan Thompson will be the starter for the Gamecocks until Shaw returns.
2.) Brandon Wilds dislocated his left elbow on a running play that resulted in a fumble and is also expected out for the Gamecocks for the next few weeks of the season. Wilds was part of a two-headed running back tandem with starter Mike Davis and his time will now go to backup running back Shon Carson.
3.) Shaq Roland was suspended from today's game due to a violation of team rules. He didn't make the trip to Central Florida and his status remains up in the air for next week against Kentucky. Spurrier said after the game that Roland's status will be determined by Athletic Director Ray Tanner for this week's game against Kentucky.
4.) Cody Waldrop injured his right ankle during the Central Florida game and was replaced by Clayton Stadnik, who replaced Waldrop earlier this season when he went down with an injury. Waldrop was able to play later in the game
5.) Damiere Byrd had a career-high five catches in the game against Central Florida. He also had his second-highest career receiving yards total with 74 yards.
6.) Bruce Ellington went over 1,000 yards receiving in his Gamecock football career. He had four catches for 88 yards against Central Florida.
7.) Mike Davis had his third carry of 50 yards or more this season with his 53-yard touchdown run in the third quarter.
8.) Saturday's win over Central Florida extended their non-conference winning streak to 12 games in a row. The last loss to a non-conference opponent was the 2010 Chick-Fil-A Bowl against Florida State.