No. 14 South Carolina (2-1, 1-1) travels to Vanderbilt (1-2, 0-1) on Saturday with renewed confidence coming off a win over East rival Georgia. Here’s a look inside some of the numbers.

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90.6: Dylan Thompson’s quarterback rating against Georgia, the highest of his career when he’s thrown at least 15 passes. Thompson was perfect on South Carolina’s opening drive and threw three touchdown passes in the first half. His only mistake was a bad read late in the fourth quarter when Damian Swann picked him off deep inside South Carolina territory.

187: Brandon Wilds’ total rushing yards, five more than Mike Davis. The 6-foot-2, 225-pound junior from nearby Blythewood is on pace to shatter his career-best rushing total set during the 2011 campaign when he recorded three 100-yard games in a four-week span following a season-ending injury to Marcus Lattimore.

10: Number of tackles by linebacker Skai Moore against Georgia after he was publicly challenged by Steve Spurrier to play with more consistency. He is South Carolina’s best player on defense and an integral part on why the Gamecocks can improve on that side of the football.


Minus-2: Turnover margin’s been a crucial stat during South Carolina’s 33 victories over a three-year span, but the Gamecocks are tied with Alabama for 12th in the SEC at this junction with giveaways and just two takeaways — interceptions during the East Carolina win.

35.5: Third-down conversion rate. With Connor Shaw at the helm, this number has been in the lows 40s each of the last three seasons but several factors have led to South Carolina’s current rate. Spotty offensive line play has created a logjam at the point of attack and Dylan Thompson’s not the type of quarterback who will pull it down and run if his first read is well-covered. At the moment, Vanderbilt is the SEC’s only team converting at a worse rate on the money down.

139.3: Rushing yards per game. This number — South Carolina’s bread and butter when wearing teams down in the second half — must improve for the Gamecocks to contend in the East. Two of the last three years, this offense has thrived on moving the football between the tackles averaging 198.3 YPG last fall and 191.1 in 2011.