NCAA Game Summary - Vanderbilt at South Carolina|
(Saturday, September 24th)
Final Score: (12) South Carolina 21, Vanderbilt 3
Columbia, SC (Sports Network) - Stephen Garcia passed for 228 yards and Marcus
Lattimore added a rushing touchdown and a TD reception as No. 12 South
Carolina eased by Vanderbilt, 21-3, at Williams-Brice Stadium.
Garcia completed 16-of-30 passes and was intercepted four times, but the
Gamecocks (4-0, 2-0 SEC) still opened the year with four straight
wins for the first time since the 2001 squad went 5-0.
"Our defense came to play tonight. That was by far our best game of the year,"
said South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier. "Our offense sputtered around
most the game, had a bunch of penalties after some big plays here and there.
Glad we had good defense tonight, because the offense did very little."
Lattimore finished with 77 yards on 20 carries, adding 73 yards on three
catches for South Carolina, which held its foe to 77 total yards of offense.
Larry Smith was 12-of-16 but threw for 44 yards and one pick for the
Commodores (3-1, 1-1).
Jonathan Krause totaled nine catches for 55 yards in the setback.
South Carolina's defense spurred its initial score of the contest.
Early in the second quarter, Smith was hit and sacked on a 3rd-and-7 from his
own 39, and coughed up the football. It was recovered by Antonio Allen at the
visitors' 31, but when he fumbled at the 10 on the run back, Melvin Ingram
picked it up and stepped into the end zone for a 7-3 advantage.
Garcia later found Lattimore for a 52-yard touchdown strike with 13 seconds to
play in the quarter and the Gamecocks led 14-3 at the break.
After holding the Commodores to a three-and-out on the first drive of the
second half, Lattimore posted a 22-yard scoring run on South Carolina's first
possession to make it 21-3, and the defense shut down Vanderbilt from there.
Vanderbilt's remaining possessions ended on four punts, and another Smith
fumble on a sack. None of those drives saw the Commodores reach past their
side of the field.
"I thought our defense played extremely well. I think they played good enough
to win. They picked off Garcia four times. We got a long ways to go, we got a
lot of work to do, no different than what I've been saying each week and we
faced a talented team tonight and it showed," admitted Vandy head coach James
Carey Spear's 33-yard field goal put Vandy on the board and was the lone score
of the opening quarter.
South Carolina has won 17 of the 21 all-time meetings...The Gamecocks claimed
a 131-4 advantage on the ground and a 367-77 edge in total yardage...Both
schools continue their respective conference slates next Saturday, as the
Gamecocks host Auburn, while Vandy travels to Tuscaloosa to face Alabama.
09/25 01:41:20 ET