Scores

Final

S Carolina St 14

(3-1, 1-0 MEAC)

South Carolina 38

(4-1, 1-1 SEC)

Coverage: ESPN Classic

7:00 PM ET, October 3, 2009

Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, SC

1 2 3 4 T
SCST 0 7 0 714
SC 0 10 21 738

Top Performers

Passing: S. Garcia (SC) - 132 YDS, 2 TD

Rushing: K. Miles (SC) - 10 CAR, 60 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: M. Brown (SC) - 6 REC, 100 YDS, 2 TD

Garcia helps South Carolina take down South Carolina St.

Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Stephen Garcia threw two touchdowns, rushed for another score and South Carolina matched its best start of Steve Spurrier's five seasons with a 38-14 victory over South Carolina State on Saturday night.

The Gamecocks improved to 4-1, tying their opening mark of 2007. But it took more time than Spurrier would've liked to finally put away the Football Championship Subdivision opponent.

South Carolina's head ball coach has groused about his team's stuck-in-the-mud offense for much of the season. And after a slow start against the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference champion Bulldogs, Garcia and the Gamcocks finally got things going.

Garcia's 1-yard TD right before halftime put South Carolina ahead 10-0. In the second half, Garcia connected with Moe Brown on touchdowns of 40 and 9 yards to put things out of reach at 31-7.

Garcia finished 13 of 19 for 132 yards.

Spurrier improved to 38-0 against opponents not in the six conferences with Bowl Championship Series bids.

South Carolina State (3-1) fell to 0-5 against Football Bowl Subdivision.

South Carolina linebacker Eric Norwood put on a show against his younger brother's Bulldogs with a blocked field goal and an interception. Erin Norwood is a sophomore defensive back at South Carolina State.

Spurrier hopes the Gamecocks can carry this start further than they did two years ago. Back then, they reached No. 6 in the country as they opened 6-1. But they lost their final five games and didn't even make the postseason.

Right before kickoff, Williams-Brice Stadium experienced a power outage that hampered ESPN Classic's planned broadcast and knocked out the video board midway through the second period.

There wasn't much power displayed by either team in the opening half, either.

South Carolina was outgained by its FCS opponent 159 yards to 149. The Gamecocks couldn't crack the end zone until Garcia's 1-yard run with 2:23 to go before halftime that made it 10-0.

South Carolina State responded with a nine-play, 75-yard drive that concluded with a milestone touchdown. Malcolm Long's 5-yard scoring run was the first time the FCS team had put up a touchdown in its five games against Football Bowl Subdivision opponents.

The Bulldogs swarmed Long as if they had just earned another league title instead of simply cutting things to 10-7 at halftime.

That was about all the celebrating South Carolina State would get to do. South Carolina struck for Kenny Miles' 22-yard touchdown run early in the third quarter and the Bulldogs could not recover.

The only drama at the end came when South Carolina State broke through for a second touchdown, Long converting a 4th-and-goal from South Carolina's 1 with 4 seconds left.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
SCST
SC
1st Downs1421
Total Yards326377
Passing156164
Rushing170213
Penalties7-587-55
3rd Down Conversions7-177-13
4th Down Conversions1-20-0
Turnovers11
Possession31:4528:15

Passing Leaders

South Carolina StateC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Long12/221356.101
South CarolinaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Garcia13/191326.920

Rushing Leaders

South Carolina StateCARYDSAVGTDLG
Ford17573.4018
Jamison8546.8024
South CarolinaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Giles11746.7033
Miles10606.0122

Receiving Leaders

South Carolina StateRECYDSAVGTDLG
Smith35618.7038
Young25326.5038
South CarolinaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Brown610016.7240
Jeffery23216.0120

Scoring Summary

SECOND QUARTERSCSTSC
FG12:02Spencer Lanning 30 Yd 03
TD02:23Stephen Garcia 1 Yd Run (Spencer Lanning Kick) 010
TD00:17Malcolm Long 5 Yd Run (Blake Erickson Kick) 710
THIRD QUARTERSCSTSC
TD11:40Kenny Miles 22 Yd Run (Spencer Lanning Kick) 717
TD05:22Moe Brown 40 Yd Pass From Stephen Garcia (Spencer Lanning Kick) 724
TD00:42Moe Brown 9 Yd Pass From Stephen Garcia (Spencer Lanning Kick) 731
FOURTH QUARTERSCSTSC
TD05:39Alshon Jeffery 20 Yd Pass From Reid McCollum (Adam Yates Kick) 738
TD00:04Malcolm Long 1 Yd Run (Blake Erickson Kick) 1438