Gamecocks Romp Past South Florida 34-3

Columbia, SC - Syvelle Newton came to play and Troy Williamson was the benefactor as Gamecock fans were treated to long ball the likes of which they had not seen in ages in Williams-Brice Stadium ...

Troy Williamson set a school record with 210 yards receiving as Syvelle Newton teamed with Troy tossing three long TD passes to the speedy wide receiver while leading The Gamecocks to a 34-3 victory over South Florida (1-1) Saturday night.

Williamson, the Southeastern Conference's top wide receiver, finished the night with five catches and three touchdowns of 56, 55 and 73 yards. Troy broke the record of 206 yards set by Zola Davis against Vanderbilt in 1998.

Newton, who got his chance after starter Dondrial Pinkins was sidelined with a should injury, seemed comfortable finding Williamson with the deep ball and showing off his arm strength to the partisan faithful in Columbia.

During South Carolina's opening drive, Newton play-faked into his pocket of protection before hitting a streaking Williamson with the first of three bombs, a 56-yard touchdown strike to the northeast end of the field.

The Newton-Williamson Combo struck again in the second quarter with a bobbling catch by Troy that ended in the south end zone with a 55-yard D strike.

In the fourth, Newton found Williamson across the middle and after bouncing off a Bulls defender Troy went 73 yards for the score and the lead, 34-3, in a play reminiscent of the long score by Williamson against Georgia.

Newton finished 13-of-23 for 324 yards, the finest opener for a Gamecock QB since 1972.

South Florida, in only its eighth season of football, played before a crowd the largest crowd in their short history as 79,800 were in attendance at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Former Gamecock Defensive Coordinator Wally Burnham's USF defense entered the game ranked number 1 nationally in total defense, but they clearly were outmanned and outmatched against Newton's offense all night.

Burnham's defense, which had allowed only 145 yards total last week against Tennessee Tech, had given-up almost double the yards by halftime to South Carolina - 283 yards.

South Florida was held without a touchdown for only the fifth time in its short history, a pregame goal of the Gamecock defensive unit that was achieved.

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