Published September 19, 2010 - 10:00pm
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Another game for South Carolina and another win. Gamecock fans can get accustomed to this type of football in Columbia. South Carolina improved to 3-0 on the season by beating Furman 38-19, for their first 3-0 start since 2007.
The South Carolina offense was led by freshman running back Marcus Lattimore once again. Lattimore is an animal, and he shouldered the rushing attack for the Gamecocks and carried the football 19 times for 97 yards and a touchdown. Quarterback Stephen Garcia was 13-20 for 150 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. Garcia also added 28 yards on the ground. D.L. Moore and Tori Gurley caught Garcia’s two touchdowns. Alshon Jeffrey caught 5 passes for 97 yards. Jeffrey is one of the best wide receivers in the country.
On defense, South Carolina held Furman to just 51 rushing yards on 27 attempts. The Gamecock defense will have to be tough against the run game the rest of the way, which they are well equipped to do. However, Furman threw the ball for 274 yards through the air. Defensive back Stephon Gilmore had a pick-6 for 80 yards to seal the deal.
South Carolina has to be the favorite in the East right now. They have been hyped in the past under coach Steve Spurrier, but this year seems a little different. South Carolina has a running game, stable quarterback play at the moment, nice wide receivers and a physical defense that flies to the football. Spurrier has talent all over the field right now to make the Gamecocks the favorite in the East. If South Carolina loses, it will be because teams stack the box against Lattimore and force Garcia to beat them through the air – something he has not showed thus far in his career at S.C.
Next week South Carolina will know what kind of football team they are going up against SEC West foe Auburn. It figures to be a whale of a game.