Big plays on offense for No. 6 South Carolina? That's not what was supposed to happen with a defense led by All-American Jadeveon Clowney.
Instead, it was a 75-yard touchdown run by Mike Davis and two long scoring passes from quarterbacks Connor Shaw and Dylan Thompson that lifted the Gamecocks to a 27-10 victory over North Carolina on Thursday night.
The win was Steve Spurrier's 21st straight opening victory dating to his first year at Florida in 1990 - and Spurrier won't put this one in the trophy case even if it did go in the win column. The coach knows things will have to get better before next week when the Gamecocks face off with No. 5 Georgia to start Southeastern Conference play.
''We can win some ugly-looking games,'' Spurrier said. ''We beat Vandy in one (last year). Hopefully, we can improve and get ready for Georgia because that's going to be a big one.''
Spurrier hopes he can get some more big plays out of his offense - and get Clowney and the defense to chip in, to...