Finally, South Carolina has a break.
After going through a stretch where they played three top 10 teams in a row – Georgia, Louisiana State University and Florida – and then faced an offensively capable Tennessee squad, the Gamecocks are ready to heal as best they can.
South Carolina won’t play again until Nov. 10, when it is home against Arkansas.
“We look forward to taking this week off and recharging our batteries to get ready for Arkansas in two weeks,” Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier said.
STEPPING IN: With Marcus Lattimore out, the Gamecocks will turn to Kenny Miles and Mike Davis, though Spurrier said his team will “look to see” if Brandon Wilds can play and help.
Wilds hasn’t played this year because of an ankle injury.
He rushed for more than 100 yards in three games in 2011.
Against Tennessee, Miles and Davis combined to rush for 54 yards on 15 carries.
AERIAL ATTACK: Not only did Connor Shaw throw for a career-high 356 yards, but three Gamecocks receivers had career days.
Justice Cunningham, Bruce Ellington and Ace Sanders all put up career-best numbers.
Cunningham had 107 yards receiving, Ellington had 101 and Sanders added 79.
The Gamecocks had two 100-yard receivers in a game for the first time since Alshon Jeffery and Tori Gurley did it against Vanderbilt in 2010.
HOME COOKING: The Gamecocks had lost back-to-back games on the road before beating Tennessee, but life is a little better in Columbia.
South Carolina has now won nine consecutive home games and is 5-0 at home this season. It hasn’t lost at Williams-Brice since a 16-13 setback to Auburn on Oct. 1, 2011.
With Saturday’s win, the Gamecocks have also beaten Tennessee three consecutive seasons.