Gamecocks' season, by the numbers

GoGamecocks staff reportsNovember 29, 2011 

South Carolina Gamecocks wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (1) catches a ball for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of the Gamecocks game against Clemson, at Williams-Brice Stadium, Saturday, November 26, 2011.

GERRY MELENDEZ — gmelendez@thestate.com

STATISTICAL LOOK AT USC

Key numbers and stats of interest for the 10-2 Gamecocks during the regular season:

LEADING RECEIVER: Alshon Jeffery had 45 catches for 614 yards and seven touchdowns. He holds USC’s career receiving yards record (2,894) and needs one touchdown and 100 receiving yards in the bowl to tie Sidney Rice’s record for career touchdowns (23) and break Rice’s record for 11 career 100-yard receiving games.

LEADING RUSHER: Marcus Lattimore led USC with 818 yards on 163 carries despite suffering a season-ending knee injury in the seventh game. Lattimore averaged 116.9 yards a game and had a team high 247 yards against Navy. Brandon Wilds was next with 486 yards and Connor Shaw had 483 yards rushing.

LEADING PASSER: Connor Shaw completed 112 of 171 passes for 1,218 yards and 12 touchdowns. He had his best game against Clemson when he completed 14 of 20 passes for 210 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Shaw’s 55-yard completion to Rory Anderson was USC’s longest pass play of the season.

LEADING SCORER: Kicker Jay Wooten was high with 67 points on 7-10 field goals and 46-49 PATs. Five of Wooten’s field goals were longer than 40 yards with a long of 49 yards against Georgia. Only two of his attempts were shorter than 40 yards and he made them both -- 37 yards against Clemson and 28 against Florida. Lattimore was second in scoring with 66 points on 11 touchdowns.

LEADING TACKLER: Spur Antonio Allen led USC with 81 tackles -- 51 solo and 31 assists -- despite missing the game against Arkansas. Allen had 8.5 tackles for loss for 27 yards. He also contributed three interceptions and three fumble recoveries. Safety D.J. Swearinger was second with 73 tackles.

LEADING SACKER: Defensive lineman Melvin Ingram had 8.5 sacks to lead the Gamecocks, including 3.5 against Auburn. USC had a team-best six sacks against Vanderbilt. Jadeveon Clowney was second with six sacks and Devin Taylor had five.

OTHER USC NUMBERS OF NOTE

120

Points USC scored in the second quarter -- the most productive quarter. The least productive was the first quarter in which USC scored 44 points.

1,305

Yards opponents had on 59 kickoff returns against USC. The Gamecocks had 735 yards on 35 kick returns.

43.5

Yards per carry for Ingram. He had 87 yards on two carries -- both fake punts. His 68 yard run for a touchdown against Georgia was USC’s longest rush of the season.

58.9

Average all-purpose yards per game for Bruce Ellington, second only to Lattimore’s 142.9. Ellington had 106 yards rushing, 211 yards receiving and 390 yards on kick returns.

3:59

Time of USC’s longest game of the season, which came against Auburn. The shortest game was 2:43 against The Citadel.

96,655

Largest crowd on the road for USC, which came at Tennessee. The smallest road crowd for the Gamecocks was 55,418 at Mississippi State.

83,422

USC’s largest home crowd at Williams-Brice Stadium, which came against Clemson. The smallest home crowd was 75,838 for the game against Kentucky.

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