No. 13 South Carolina (3-1, 2-1) hosts Mizzou (3-1) on Saturday hoping to shake off some of the rust post-Vanderbilt and manage a two-game lead over the Tigers (with the tiebreaker) in the Eastern Division. Here’s a look inside some of the numbers.

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33: The number of touchdown passes Dylan Thompson’s on pace to throw this season, a new single-season record. If there’s been one constant for the Gamecocks, it’s been their fifth-year senior quarterback whose confidence is growing with each and every rep.

202: Total wins by Steve Spurrier, breaking a tie with Vince Dooley and putting him second only to Bear Bryant (292). South Carolina’s win over Vanderbilt was Spurrier’s 20th all-time against the Commodores.

21: Number of catches by sophomore wideout Pharoh Cooper, a player coaches expected to take on a greater role within the offense after a fantastic spring. Cooper’s coming off his best game as a collegian with 10 catches for 114 yards and a 70-yard run out of the Wildcat.


4.0: Total numbers of sacks from Lorenzo Ward’s defense through four games. Three players in the SEC have tallied at least four sacks individually — Mizzou’s Shane Ray, Texas A&M’s Myles Garrett and Vanderbilt’s Caleb Azubike. A pass-rush has been non-existent early.

51.9: Opposing teams are converting third downs at an alarmingly high rate, a percentage that puts the Gamecocks fourth-worst in FBS football (128 teams).

6: Number of explosive plays on offense this season, defined by a rush of 20 or more yards or a pass of 30 or more. South Carolina’s given up 14 such plays on the other hand, a SEC-high.


2: Number of kickoff return touchdowns the Gamecocks gave up against Vanderbilt. South Carolina’s allowed six total during Steve Spurrier’s 10-year tenure and believe or not, has never returned one.