USC bounces back, beats Kentucky 54-3

COLUMBIA (WACH) " USC beat Kentucky 54-3 Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium with Connor Shaw leading the team at starting quarterback.

After watching his offense struggle to generate points through the first five games of the season Steve Spurrier named Shaw the starter for Saturday's game against Kentucky. The second-year player took over the starting spot from fifth-year senior Stephen Garcia who has thrown 9 interceptions, 4 touchdowns and has completed just 51 percent of his passes through five games this season.

Shaw threw for 311 yards and four touchdowns against Kentucky Saturday, leading No. 18 South Carolina to the win. Shaw completed 26 of 39 passes and had no interceptions.

The Gamecocks (5-1, 3-1 Southeastern Conference) gained 639 yards in their biggest win in an SEC game since joining the league in 1992.

Coach Steve Spurrier took advantage of Kentucky's bad defense to tinker with his own sputtering offense. He called direct snaps to the running back, threw to the tight end and even ran an option play. It all worked.

The Wildcats (2-4, 0-3) offense gained just 96 yards, and their quarterbacks threw four interceptions and just four completions.

Next Saturday the Gamecocks will face Mississippi State in Starkville, Mississippi.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report)