South Carolina barbecued by Arkansas 41-20

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - On the first cold night of the football season, South Carolina looked to barbecue the hogs. Instead, barbequed chicken was the main course for Ryan Mallett, Knile Davis and the rest of the Razorbacks.

Ryan Mallett threw for 303 yards, Knile Davis tied a career high with three touchdowns and No. 17 Arkansas handed 18th-ranked South Carolina its worst home loss in five years, 41-20, on Saturday night.

The hogs scored first when Arkansas quarterback Ryan Mallett hit Cobi Hamilton for a 4-yard touchdown pass. With less than 5 minutes gone in the first, it was 7-0 Razorbacks.

Carolina answered just five minutes later. After a 29-yard completion to Alshon Jeffrey, Stephen Garcia hit Tori Gurley for a 4-yard touchdown pass capping off 76-yard drive. The score was knotted at 7.

Jeffery who became just the third Gamecock receiver to have 1,000 receiving yards in a single season.

On the shoulders of Davis, Arkansas started to pull away in the second quarter.  Davis scored the first of his three touchdowns on a 2-yard run up the middle after a very quick four play 80-yard drive. It was 14-7 Razorbacks.

On the next possession Arkansas stopped the Gamecock offense. Curiously, with 3:05 left in the first half, the Gamecocks called a fake punt that didn't go as planned. Dalton Wilson took the direct snap, but was stuffed at the line. The Razorbacks got the ball back near midfield setting up another David touchdown.

This time Davis scored from 21-yards out, putting the Hogs up 24-7.

Before the half ended, the Gamecocks did manage a 29-yard field goal from Spencer Lanning to close the gap to 24-10, but that would be the closest it would get.

Two Garcia interceptions in the third led to touchdowns from Davis and Mallett and the Razorbacks never looked back.

"I apologize to the fans that we weren't even competitive much tonight," said Spurrier. "The way we played you wonder how we won 6 games already this year, but for some reason we didn't have much tonight.  I thought in the first half we had some scoring chances that could have gotten us in the game."

The Gamecocks (6-3, 4-3) hadn't been beaten this badly at Williams-Brice Stadium since a 37-14 win by Alabama in coach Steve Spurrier's debut season of 2005. Yet, they can still take the SEC East title and reach their first league title game by beating Florida at The Swamp next Saturday.

South Carolina is 0-12 in Gainesville.

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