COLUMBIA — Another Thursday, another monster night for South Carolina's Eric Norwood.
Norwood, the All-SEC linebacker, had a pair of sacks and a partially blocked punt in the Gamecocks' 16-10 upset of No. 4 Mississippi.
More than just the stats, Norwood was altering what the Rebels could do offensively. Ole Miss had 118 total yards until a fourth-quarter touchdown drive.
'We didn't block No. 40,' Mississippi coach Houston Nutt said. 'That's a real man coming up that edge. You have to account for him. We knew that, but he still made it awfully tough on us.'
Norwood's sack of Jevan Snead on the first Ole Miss possession gave him the school record for sacks in a career (27). Later, with his 28th career sack, he moved into eighth place on the SEC career list.
Norwood also blocked a Tyler Campbell punt early in the fourth quarter and finished with 10 total tackles.
Not bad for a guy who saw limited duty against Florida Atlantic last week because of a bruised shoulder.
'Eric had pressure on the quarterback all night and he was all over the place,' South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said. 'That's how you stop good passing teams.'
South Carolina defensive tackle Travian Robertson left the game early in the third quarter with a sprained right knee. He did not return, and Spurrier said Robertson might have a torn ligament. Defensive head coach Ellis Johnson also said he was concerned about Robertson's status for the rest of the year.
Quarterback Stephen Garcia said he has bruised ribs. He'll get a CT scan today.
Redshirt freshman Reid McCollum, out with the flu, did not dress. The Summerville native was not with the team during warmups. Spurrier said McCollum is the only known Gamecock with the flu. He then joked that he hoped Ole Miss didn't bring it with the team. The Rebels were hit hard by the flu a couple of weeks ago.
Lanning gets game ball
Spurrier said kicker/punter Spencer Lanning received a game ball.
Was it for his trio of field goals, from 26, 20 and 30 yards?
Sort of, but more for his tackling ability. With Marshay Green in the open field on a punt return in the second quarter, Lanning tripped him up near the USC 30-yard line. Lanning was the only person between Green and the end zone.
The Rebels were kept off the scoreboard on the ensuing possession.
'Lanning making that tackle was crucial,' Spurrier said. 'Up top (the coaches in the press box), they said, ‘Oh, he's gone.' But Lanning got him down somehow.'
South Carolina combined garnet jerseys and pants for the first time since a victory over Vanderbilt in 2001 ... DT Kenny Davis (ankle) and SLB Antonio Allen (concussion) didn't dress ... RB Jarvis Giles had two carries for 8 yards, but Spurrier said the freshman isn't injured. Giles rushed for 113 yards and a score last week against FAU ... LT Jarriel King was yanked from the field by Eric Wolford during the second quarter and didn't return.