COLUMBIA, South Carolina (Ticker) -- Arkansas' defense continued to stifle. South Carolina's offense continued to sputter.
The Razorbacks allowed just 233 total yards and had three interceptions as they posted their second straight shutout, a 23-0 Southeastern Conference victory over South Carolina.
Matt Jones threw a pair of touchdowns and David Carlton kicked three field goals for Arkansas (6-3, 3-3 SEC), which also blanked Division I-AA Troy State, 23-0, last week. The Razorbacks have consecutive shutouts for the first time since September 28-October 5, 1974, when they blanked Tulsa (60-0) and Texas Christian (49-0).
Gavin Walls, Eddie Jackson and Lawrence Richardson had picks to set up scores for the Razorbacks, who came in leading the nation in turnover margin at plus-1.88 per game.
Since a 34-10 win over Mississippi State on October 5, the Gamecocks (5-5, 3-4) have scored fewer points in each successive game. They have just 40 points in their last four contests.
The Gamecocks used two quarterbacks and neither was effective. Corey Jenkins completed just 10-of-23 passes for 79 yards and two interceptions. Erik Kimrey was 3-of-8 for 10 yards and a pick.
Walls' interception of Jenkins in Gamecocks territory early in the second quarter set up Jones' four-yard TD pass to George Wilson. Carlton's 43-yard kick made it 10-0 with 8:01 left in the first half.
A 47-yard TD pass from Jones to Carlos Ousley pushed the lead to 17-0 on Arkansas' first possession of the third quarter. Jones completed 10-of-18 passes for 113 yards.
In the final period, Carlton had kicks of 27 ans 22 yards set up by interceptions by Jackson and Richardson, respectively.
Fred Talley had 77 yards on 18 carries and De'Arrius Howard added 69 on 10 for Arkansas, who opened a 7-4 lead in the all-time series.