Spurrier goes for 200th win but may be without Shaw

Steve Spurrier has been known for putting up big numbers on the scoreboard, and now he’s about to do the same in the win column.

South Carolina’s head coach looks to record his 200th career win Saturday as No. 8 South Carolina hosts UAB in Columbia. Spurrier is 45-0 all-time facing schools outside of BCS automatic qualifier conferences and 19-0 at South Carolina.

Spurrier would become the 71st coach in college football history to reach that mark but may need to rely on backup quarterback Dylan Thompson for the second consecutive week to do so. Starter Connor Shaw’s status remains up in the air after an injury to his throwing shoulder in the season opener.

The Gamecocks (2-0) have won six straight dating back to last season and would match the second-longest win streak in school history by defeating UAB.

Junior running back Marcus Lattimore will set the South Carolina career record for touchdowns with his next trip to the end zone after tying the record to open the scoring against East Carolina last week.

Shaw’s 9-1 record in 10 career starts is the best for a Gamecocks quarterback in 40 years and his 65.9 percent completion percentage ranks first in school history. Thompson proved to be more than capable in his first career start, throwing for 330 yards and three touchdowns.

UAB enters the game fresh off a bye following a season-opening loss 39-29 loss to Troy at home.
Quarterback Jonathan Perry passed for 317 yards against Troy but threw a costly interception and lost a fumble down the stretch, with each turnover leading to a touchdown for the Trojans.

Photo courtesy of USC Athletics

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