FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas running back Alex Collins eyed the end zone in the fourth quarter Saturday, racing to the goal line in hopes of ending South Carolina’s dominant run of 45 unanswered points.
The freshman nearly got there, too, but was hit by a South Carolina defender as he tried to put the finishing touches on a 30-yard run. The ball slipped out of Collins’ hands and hit the pylon at the goal line. The play was ruled — and confirmed by replay — a fumble and touchback.
FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas jumped out to an early 7-0 lead against No. 14 South Carolina with a touchdown on the opening drive of the game.
Then it was the Gamecocks turn. And again. And again.
South Carolina 10
Arkansas fans may remember the name Kane Whitehurst, who caught the fourth-quarter TD pass Saturday for No. 14 South Carolina that put his team up 45-7. Whitehurst, a redshirt freshman at the time, was kicked off the team at Arkansas after being arrested for possession of a controlled substance and drug paraphernalia. He was arrested the same day as former coach Bobby Petrino’s infamous motorcycle accident that led to his dismissal in 2012. Then-coach John L. Smith dismissed Whitehurst, who transferred to South Carolina. Whitehurst, now a sophomore back-up at wide receiver, has two receptions this season, both for touchdowns. The other one was against North Carolina.
CONNOR SHAW: The senior quarterback, who spent his first couple of years at South Carolina in and out of coach Steve Spurrier’s doghouse, was a difference-maker Saturday against Arkansas, passing for 219 yards, rushing for 37 more and leading the powerful South Carolina offense in a 52-7 rout of the Razorbacks. Shaw threw 28 times, completing 19 with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Shaw was one of three quarterbacks who played for the Gamecocks.
MIKE DAVIS: The South Carolina running back led all rushers with 128 yards and a touchdown. At 5-foot-9 and 215 pounds, Davis punished would-be tacklers most of the day, averaged 6.7 yards per carry. His longest trip was a 19-yard gain. Davis and back-up Shon Carson shared the load for the Gamecocks; Carson carried 15 times for 56 yards.
95 — Arkansas’ total offense in the first half.
69 — Yards gained by Arkansas wide receiver Keon Hatcher, tying the rushing yardage by running back Alex Collins.