Gamecocks wide receiver Ace Sanders eludes a UAB defender in the first half. (Jeff Blake-US PRESSWIRE)
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Connor Shaw went 8 of 14 for 107 yards before reinjuring his throwing shoulder and No. 8 South Carolina beat UAB 49-6 on Saturday night.
Shaw left the game after taking a brutal hit just after he released a 20-yard pass to Bruce Ellington late in the first half. Athletics officials said the junior aggravated the bruised right shoulder that kept him out of last week's game.
Sophomore Dylan Thompson took over again, throwing a 95-yard touchdown pass to Damiere Byrd that put South Carolina up 35-6 midway through the third quarter.
Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier picked up his 200th college coaching win, joining Virginia Tech's Frank Beamer, Texas' Mack Brown and Nevada's Chris Ault as the only active Division I coaches to reach that mark.
UAB (0-2) gained 267 yards but was kept out of the end zone.
The Gamecocks have seven straight Southeastern Conference games next, starting with Missouri next week. But they may be without a few offensive starters. Along with Shaw, Ellington left the game early in the third quarter with a sprained shoulder after a diving 43-yard catch. The status for either player next week is not known.
Marcus Lattimore carried the ball 12 times for 85 yards. The all-SEC back hasn't topped the 100-yard mark in five of his past seven games. But the junior's 2-yard TD run in the second quarter gave him the school's record for touchdowns at 34 and tied him for all-time rushing TDs at 31. Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers held both those marks previously.
Ellington caught five passes for 98 yards before he left with his injury. Ace Sanders had four receptions for 55 yards and a touchdown and freshman Shaq Roland caught his first TD pass of his career, a 30-yard throw from Thompson in the fourth quarter that put the Gamecocks ahead 42-6.
South Carolina's defense still hasn't allowed a touchdown from the red zone. Jadeveon Clowney had two sacks and two other tackles for loss. D.J. Swearinger returned a fumble by UAB quarterback Jonathan Perry 65 yards for South Carolina's first touchdown. He also had a leaping interception that was negated by a roughing the passer penalty.
By the end of the blowout, Spurrier was putting in his third and fourth string quarterbacks. Adam Yates' miss on a 36-yard field goal with 3:57 to go in the game kept the Head Ball Coach from celebrating his 200th win by hanging half-a-hundred on only the fifth opponent during his eighth season with the Gamecocks.
Spurrier has now won 58 games at South Carolina. He won 122 at Florida and 20 at Duke.
The Gamecocks have won seven in a row for only the third time in school history.
UAB's Jonathan Perry completed 17 of 34 passes for 219 yards before he was pulled late in the third quarter. Austin Brown took over and completed all three of his passes for 21 yards.
Jackie Williams caught five passes for 45 yards for the Blazers, who only rushed for 27 yards.
UAB still hasn't beaten a Top 25 team outside of Conference USA and hasn't defeated an SEC team since knocking off Mississippi State in October 2004.