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                        === Gamecocks handle Furman ===
 
 Columbia,  SC (Sports  Network) - Stephen Garcia threw a pair of touchdowns as
 13th-ranked South Carolina downed Furman, 38-19, at Williams-Brice Stadium.
 
 Garcia  went 13-for-20  for  150  yards with  two  interceptions while  Marcus
 Lattimore had 19 carries for 97 yards and a touchdown for the Gamecocks (3-0),
 who were coming off an impressive victory over Georgia last week.
 
 "We're  happy to  beat Furman," said South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier.
 "They  probably  out played us,  out hit us,  probably out-toughed us a little
 bit,  but we  are fortunate to make a  lot of third downs early in the game. I
 think  we made  9-of-13. It was tough  out there. It was tough moving the ball
 against these guys. They were tough to block."
 
 Cody  Worley was 17-for-29 for 189 yards and two interceptions while Adam Mims
 had  10  catches for  202 yards  and a  touchdown for  the Paladins (1-1), who
 defeated Colgate last week by a score of 45-15.
 
 "We  came  down here to win  the game," said  Furman head coach Bobby Lamb. "I
 know  people don't believe me when I say it, but we practice every week and we
 practice to win every game we play. Our kids played extremely hard."
 
 Trailing  by 18 points early in the fourth, the Paladins struck quick as a 72-
 yard touchdown catch by Mims from Tersoo Uhaa, coupled with a failed two-point
 conversion, made it a 31-19 game with under 12 minutes to play.
 
 South  Carolina,  though, answered later  in the frame with  a big play of its
 own to seal the victory. With Furman driving, Stephon Gilmore stepped in front
 of  a Worley pass and  took it 80 yards the other way for a 38-19 score with 6
 1/2 minutes to play.
 
 After  an exchange of  punts to start the game, the Gamecocks got on the board
 when  Garcia  found Tori Gurley  from 15 yards  out for a  7-0 lead with 7 1/2
 minutes left in the first.
 
 South  Carolina held  Furman to a three-and-out, and started the next drive at
 its own 26. It took 11 plays and over five minutes, but Lattimore put the ball
 in from four yards out for a 14-0 lead with 12 seconds left in the first.
 
 Furman  got a pair  of 37-yard field goals from Ray Early, with the second one
 coming with 3:41 left to play in the first half to make it a 14-6 contest.
 
 The  Gamecocks, though, moved 62 yards in six plays and made it a 21-6 game at
 the break when Brian Maddox punched the ball into the end zone from nine yards
 out.
 
 On  their first touch of the second half, the Gamecocks made it a 28-6 game as
 Garcia  and D.L.  Moore got together on  a six-yard score with 8:50 to play in
 the third.
 
 About  four minutes later, the Paladins got a defensive score when Shawn Boone
 picked  off Garcia and  took it into the end zone from three yards out to make
 it a 28-13 game.
 
 South  Carolina  countered with a  51-yard field goal  off the foot of Spencer
 Lanning to take a 31-13 lead into the final quarter.
 
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 South  Carolina controlled  the ball for 33:30 and totaled 374 yards, compared
 to  325  from Furman...It was the  48th meeting between these schools, but the
 first since 1982. South Carolina has won 12 of the last 13 and holds a 27-20-1
 edge.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 09/19 00:10:53 ET