NCAA Game Summary - Southern Mississippi at South Carolina|
(Thursday, September 2nd)
Final Score: South Carolina 41, Southern Mississippi 13
Columbia, SC (Sports Network) - Stephen Garcia threw for 193 yards and scored
twice on the ground as he led the South Carolina Gamecocks to a commanding
41-13 win over the Southern Miss Golden Eagles in a non-conference matchup at
Garcia converted 16-of-23 passing for the Gamecocks (1-0) and also gained 38
yards rushing for a program that piled up 224 yards and four TDs on the ground
in the season-opening victory. Running back Marcus Lattimore added a team-best
54 yards and another two rushing touchdowns for the home team.
The Golden Eagles (0-1) were led by Austin Davis who hit on 31-of-43 passing
for 238 yards, but he was sacked once and threw an interception in the
Garcia put the first points on the board in the opening quarter after racing
into the end zone from 22 yards out.
A little more than four minutes later Southern Miss responded with a 33-yard
field goal by Danny Hrapmann, capping a nine-play, 59-yard drive to make the
From there USC rattled off 17 straight points, beginning with a Spencer
Lanning 36-yard field goal early in the second period. Lattimore then logged
TD runs of three and seven yards within a span of less than three minutes to
give the Gamecocks a 24-3 edge.
Before the first half could end, Hrapmann set up for and nailed a 36-yard
field goal to make the score 24-6 at the break.
The third period saw South Carolina dominate once again, beginning with a 42-
yard field goal by Lanning. With 4:43 remaining in the frame Garcia dropped
back to pass at the three-yard line but then split the difference and fought
his way towards the goal line. He was initially ruled down short of the end
zone, but a review of the play showed that the ball broke the plane prior to
his knee touching the ground and USC was awarded the score as they moved their
lead to 34-6.
Backup quarterback Connor Shaw stepped in and converted four of his five pass
attempts for the Gamecocks, one of those being a 15-yard effort to D.L. Moore
less than four minutes into the fourth period, raising the score to 41-6.
Like USC, the Golden Eagles also went with their second-string signal-caller
in Martevious Young and he managed to make good on 7-of-14 passing for 99
yards in limited play. Young was able to get the visitors into the end zone
late in the contest with a 29-yard TD pass to DeAndre Brown, but by then it
was too little, too late in what was a 28-point win for the home team.
The 41 points scored by South Carolina were the most since the team defeated
Houston in the Liberty Bowl by a score of 44-36 back in 2006. Last season the
Gamecocks ranked 11th in the SEC and 102nd in the country in scoring with a
mere 20.6 ppg.
09/03 00:48:13 ET