Blazers Fall to No. 8 South Carolina

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UAB's Patrick Hearn led all wide receivers with 66 yards in the loss at South Carolina.

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UAB's Patrick Hearn led all wide receivers with 66 yards in the loss at South Carolina.
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Sept. 15, 2012

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - UAB (0-2) gained 267 yards, but was kept out of the end zone by No. 8 South Carolina, as the Gamecocks toppled the Blazers, 49-6.

Connor Shaw went 8 of 14 for 107 yards before reinjuring his throwing shoulder.

Shaw left the game after taking a 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.

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, while Patrick Hearn led all wide receivers with 66 yards receiving.

The Blazers got off to a good start as Williams took the opening kickoff 53 yards to give his team good field position at the South Carolina 35 yard line.

However, UAB had to settle for a field goal to take a 3-0 lead - an advantage it held for most of the opening quarter.

That lead would vanish with the Blazers driving at the USC 25 yard line when a Perry fumble was returned 65 yards to paydirt by D.J. Swearinger, giving the Gamecocks a lead they would not surrender.

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.

South Carolina backup quarterback Dylan Thompson took over after the Shaw injury, throwing a 94-yard touchdown pass to Damiere Byrd that put South Carolina up 35-6 midway through the third quarter.

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.

UAB freshman safety Jake Ganus had his first career pick, and had another interception that was negated by a roughing the passer penalty. Senior linebacker Marvin Burdette had seven tackles and a sack.

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 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.

The Blazers will take on another top-15 team when they travel to Columbus, Ohio to do battle with the No. 12 ranked Ohio State Buckeyes next Saturday at 11 a.m. CT (Noon ET). The contest will be televised on the Big Ten Network.