Twenty-five thoughts and takeaways from South Carolina's 31-14 win over Central Florida:
1. Lorenzo Nunez may not be SEC ready right now, but he should be, barring injury, the one and only quarterback to take meaningful snaps for South Carolina. Nunez provided the offense with a spark it had been missing all season and will improve as a passer with reps.
2. Steve, that means no more sticking Perry Orth into games just because you want someone to throw the ball downfield. After Nunez put together a decent first quarter, Orth was inserted in the second quarter and threw three incompletions. That doesn't need to happen again.
3. The Gamecock defense as a whole was the best its been all season. Of course, that should have been the case, as it was facing the worst offense in college football.
4. T.J. Holloman to middle linebacker worked out. The redshirt junior was in the right place at the right time all afternoon.
5. The struggles of South Carolina's running backs without Brandon Wilds is a little disconcerting. 67 yards on 21 carries against the worst defense it's faced all season.
6. Jacob August has more receiving touchdowns through the first four games of the season than every receiver not named "Pharoh Cooper" on South Carolina's roster combined. That's not ideal.
7. Someone needs to find the charred remains of Al Harris Jr. and sweep them up because he was scorched on Saturday.
8. Sean Kelly: 45.0 yards per punt, long of 50, three inside the 20-yard line and placed one punt at the one-inch line and managed to keep it out of the end zone. You could make a legitimate argument that he's been one of the five best performers on the team this season.
9. Speaking of special teams, Elliott Fry will be remembered as the best kicker in school history. Now that he's seemingly mastered 50-plus yarders, it will be interesting to see how many times Spurrier sends him out the rest of the season.
10. The attendance on Saturday was much better than I expected it to be. Considering that South Carolina was coming off a blowout loss and facing an 0-3 AAC team, fans turned out at a surprising rate.
11. Boosie Whitlow could be a big lift for South Carolina's pass rush. He leads the team in quarterback hurries and notched his first career sack on Saturday. If Whitlow can continue to develop, he could be fun to watch.
12. I could watch football until the end of time and not understand exactly what went through Pharoh Cooper's mind when he tried to field a punt at the 1-yard line with a man in his face.
13. The name of the Knight that Nunez plastered on Cooper's touchdown is Jeremy Boykins, a junior from Orange Park, Florida, and a transfer from Georgia Military.
14. Although David Williams has not lived up to the hype early in his career, he did look comfortable in the second half.
15. Don't make Skai Moore angry. You wouldn't like him when he's angry.
16. You can't help but wonder how the complexion of Saturday's game might have changed if Nunez's first pass was intercepted.
17. South Carolina scored the final 26 points, which is a big deal no matter the competition. The Gamecocks hadn't scored 26 points in a game before Saturday, so the comeback had to be a confidence-booster for the offense.
18. Glad to see Stephen Garcia was back in Columbia for a game. No matter what you feel about him personally, he was one of the best quarterbacks in Gamecock history and helped take the program places it had never gone before.
19. The Super Mario invincibility flower that kick-returning Shon Carson swallowed before the Georgia game apparently wore off.
20. South Carolina was only penalized two times for 20 yards. The Gamecocks will have to play extremely smart the rest of this season and they showed the ability to do so on Saturday.
21. Cooper's rushing touchdown was a spectacular individual effort, but it doesn't take away from the fact that the Gamecocks tried to run a double pass from inside the opponent's 30-yard line. Playcalling has gotten worse as South Carolina has gotten closer to the end zone all year.
22. Perry Orth is now the lone torchbearer of South Carolina's tradition of glove-wearing quarterbacks.
23. The Missouri game looks a little easier now than it did two weeks ago. However, that doesn't really have anything to do with South Carolina and has a lot to do with Missouri.
24. A win over Central Florida was exactly what the Gamecocks needed to breathe some life back into this program, even though the final score wasn't a good indicator of how the game played out.
25. There was nothing on Saturday that made me believe South Carolina will do any better than 5-7 this season.