The Gamecocks are 80-36-4 in 120 season openers. South Carolina has won 14 consecutive season-opening games dating back to the 2000 season.
The Gamecocks are 9-2 in Thursday night tilts under Spurrier, including a clean 7-0 slate in Thursday night season openers.
Head coach Steve Spurrier is 23-1 all-time in season openers as a collegiate head coach. Spurrier is now 5-0 in his career against North Carolina after winning three-consecutive season finales as head coach at Duke and the 2007 meeting in Chapel Hill at the helm of the Gamecocks.
After South Carolina's win in the 56th all-time meeting, North Carolina still holds the advantage in the series at 34-18-4.
The crowd of 81,572 is the highest attendance for a home opener since Georgia in 2006 (82,513).
The game was delayed in the fourth quarter due to lightening in the area for one hour, 44 minutes. Play resumed with the Gamecocks leading 27-10. South Carolina had possession of the ball second and five on the its own 23 with 8:20 on the clock.
The strike from senior quarterback Connor Shaw to sophomore wide receiver Shaq Roland just 1:19 into the season is the fastest score in a season opener by the Gamecocks in the SEC era (since 1992). The 65-yard reception was the longest of Roland's career and his second-career touchdown.
The touchdown pass from junior quarterback Dylan Thompson to sophomore wide receiver Kane Whitehurst gave the Gamecocks a 17-0 lead. The 17 points were the most in the first quarter of a season opener since the Gamecocks tallied 23 in 1996 against Central Florida.
The 75-yard touchdown run by sophomore tailback Mike Davis in the third quarter is the longest run from scrimmage by a Gamecock since Bobby Wallace went for 88 yards against Middle Tennessee State on Nov. 18, 2006. Davis ended the game with 115 yards, the first 100-yard game of his career.
Both Shaw and Thompson connected for touchdowns on their first passing attempts of the season.
Junior wide receiver Nick Jones and Roland matched their career high receptions with four and two, respectively.
Junior spur linebacker Sharrod Golightly recorded a career-high six tackles. His one tackle for loss matches a career-high set against Florida in 2011.
Senior defensive end Chaz Sutton notched two tackles for loss, matching a career high set against Missouri last season.
Sophomore defensive tackle Gerald Dixon Jr. recorded his first career sack.
Sophomore safety T.J. Gurley's nine tackles eclipsed his previous career high of five tackles set against East Carolina last season.
Sophomore cornerback Ahmad Christian added three tackles, tying a career high.
Freshman placekicker Elliott Fry posted a perfect night in his collegiate debut, hitting two field goals, including a 39-yard shot, and three extra points.
Junior Victor Hampton returned two kickoffs for a total of 39 yards, an average of 19.5 yards. Hampton also had three punt-return chances, accumulating a total of 22 yards, an average of 7.3 yards.