COLUMBIA -- South Carolina rolled up a season-high 639 yards of offense and put 54 points on the scoreboard Saturday against Kentucky.
Despite those gaudy numbers and the largest margin of victory over a Southeastern Conference opponent in school history, it wasn't enough to impress Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier.
"After watching the film, we didn't play anywhere near as good as we hoped we would against Kentucky," said Spurrier, whose 15th-ranked Gamecocks play at Mississippi State on Saturday at 12:21 p.m. on WMMP-TV.
"We missed some throws, we didn't block well, and we could have scored a few more points."
Certainly there were opportunities for more yards and more points against the Wildcats, but when pressed even Spurrier admitted this was the best performance by an offense that had struggled with rhythm all season.
"As far as yards and all that stuff, it was the best," Spurrier said. "So, yeah, we did more offensively than we've done in any game, that's for sure."
A major reason for the Gamecocks' offensive efficiency was the play of sophomore quarterback Connor Shaw, who threw for 311 yards and four touchdowns in his second career start. Shaw's four TD passes equaled the total that fifth-year senior Stephen Garcia had this season.
"I think (Shaw) played well for his first (complete) game, and I think he'll get better as we go," Spurrier said. "Hopefully, we're starting to put it together now."
But Shaw was far from perfect.
"We had a few sacks and I don't know if he could have thrown a couple of balls away," Spurrier said. "We had a few open guys that he just barely missed. He hit a perfect fade route to Alshon (Jeffery), but the other two we didn't get communicated correctly.
"He can improve in a lot of areas. Mainly in decision making, footwork. And then we need to teach him to call time out when we've got a play that doesn't have a chance. He hasn't played enough to get to all that yet, but he did check a few here and there nicely."
Spurrier had few complaints about the defense, which for the second time this season held a team to under 100 yards of total offense. The Wildcats managed just 96 yards of offense, 17 passing.
"I guess that was one of the best performances by our defense, too," Spurrier said.
Spurrier said safety Cory Addison, cornerback Marty Markett and offensive tackle Rokevious Watkins will be held of practice early this week after suffering "mild" concussions against Kentucky.
Running back Eric Baker will be "out a while" with a sprained ankle.
Spurrier reports nothing new on left tackle Kyle Nunn, who has missed the last two games with a sore back. If Nunn and Watkins can't play, the Gamecocks would be forced to start freshmen Cody Gibson and Mike Matulis at tackle.
"I've started two freshmen before at tackle, but that was a long time ago," he said. "But hopefully, Rokevious would be able to play by Saturday."
Tight end Justice Cunningham will be held out of practice today after suffering a calf strain against Kentucky.
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