COLUMBIA, South Carolina (Ticker) -- Freshmen Alley Brousard and Justin Vincent more than made up for the absences of injured Louisiana State running backs Joseph Addai and Shyrone Carey.
Brousard rushed for 108 yards and Vincent had 77 and two touchdowns as the 10th-ranked Tigers rebounded from a tough loss to defeat Southeastern Conference rival South Carolina, 33-7.
LSU outgained South Carolina on the ground, 263-0, and held the ball for nearly 42 minutes.
"Right now I'm sort of numb," Gamecocks coach Lou Holtz said. "I hope after the film I'll feel a little bit better. Right now I feel like an idiot because I don't have any answers."
Matt Mauck completed 24-of-30 passes for 199 yards, two touchdowns and an interception for LSU (6-1, 3-1 SEC West), which was upset at home by unranked Florida last week, 19-7.
"Anytime you can win on the road in the SEC, it is great," Mauck said. "It was loud and rowdy so we wanted to control the tempo from the beginning."
"I'm really proud of the team - they bounced back after last week at a tough place to play," Tigers coach Nick Saban said. "We controlled both sides of the ball and ran well."
Mauck opened the scoring with a five-yard TD toss to Devery Henderson just over six minutes into the contest, but Ryan Gaudet missed the extra point. LSU extended its advantage to 13-0 when Mauck capped a 21-play, 97-yard drive with a four-yard pass to Eric Edwards 4 1/2 minutes into the second quarter.
Vincent's one-yard plunge with 55 seconds left in the half, which ended a 14-play, 91-yard drive, made it 19-0. Gaudet clanged the extra point off the right upright, but South Carolina had 12 men on the field and the Tigers elected to try a two-point conversion. Mauck was then stuffed just shy of the goal line.
"We couldn't stop the bootleg," Holtz said. "We couldn't tackle well. I can't explain it. They just ran it down us. Two of their drives were over 90 yards. To give up that much rushing is something."
Tigers defensive end Kirston Pittman forced a fumble by Gamecocks quarterback Dondrial Pinkins and LSU linebacker Jason LeDoux picked up the loose ball and ran 15 yards to make it 26-7 with 1:27 left in the third quarter. Vincent capped the scoring with a one-yard run with 6:56 remaining.
"I took advantage of the opportunity," LeDoux said of his touchdown. "It was the first that has ever happened to me in college and it was probably something that I will never see again."
Pinkins went 15-of-32 for a career-high 254 yards and a touchdown for the Gamecocks (4-3, 1-3), who fell to 2-14-1 all time against the Tigers. Matthew Thomas had four catches for 102 yards, including a 77-yard TD 4:37 into the second half.
"Most of the time when we have a balanced attack on offense we have success and are pretty hard to stop," Pinkins said. "I thought we were ready to play but we didn't come out and execute well. If we would have established our running game, it could have been a better game."