East Carolina-S Carolina Preview Capsule

 

The Associated Press

East Carolina (1-0) at No. 21 South Carolina (0-1), 7 p.m. (ESPNU)

Line: South Carolina by 16.

Series Record: South Carolina leads 12-5.

WHAT'S AT STAKE

South Carolina is looking to get its season back on track after an embarrassing, 52-28 loss at home to Texas A&M. East Carolina starts a run of "Power Five" games, playing at Virginia Tech next week before facing North Carolina at home.

KEY MATCHUP

East Carolina QB Shane Carden vs. South Carolina's pass defense. The Gamecocks gave up 511 yards passing to first-time Texas A&M starter Kenny Hill last game so Carden, a senior and the school's single-season yards passing record holder, must be licking his chops at what's ahead if he gets time to throw.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

East Carolina: WR Justin Hardy is the school's all-time leader in receptions and passing yards. He's caught at least two passes in every game he's played.

South Carolina: RB Mike Davis had just 15 yards rushing last week against Texas A&M and took himself from the game after the first half with bruised ribs. Davis, a 1,000-yard rusher last season, expects to play this weekend and needs to gain yardage for the Gamecocks to succeed.

FACTS & FIGURES

East Carolina has won four of its past six games with South Carolina at Williams-Brice Stadium, although the Gamecocks took a 48-10 victory there in 2012. ... That game was tour de force for South Carolina starting quarterback Dylan Thompson, who passed for 330 yards and three TDs. ... East Carolina coach Ruffin McNeill played in Williams-Brice as a sophomore safety for the Pirates, making one tackle as the Gamecocks rallied for a 19-16 win. ... South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier is looking for his 200th win in 22 seasons coaching Southeastern Conference teams. He won 122 games in 12 seasons at Florida and has won 77 in 10 seasons with the Gamecocks. ... South Carolina is looking to avoid its first 0-2 start since going 0-11 in 1999.

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