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.
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