Stephen Garcia picked a good time to silence his critics. Two weeks ago Garcia was benched in the fourth quarter of the Auburn game, this week he is the most popular athlete in Columbia. The junior quarterback completed 17 of his 20 passes and tossed three touchdowns in USC’s historic 35-21 win over top-ranked Alabama. Not bad for a guy some people weren’t sure was going to be the starter against Alabama.
Alshon Jeffery made a strong case as the SEC’s premier receiver Saturday. He caught seven passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns. If he stays healthy he is going to probably going to break every major receiving record at USC. No one has been able to cover him all season.
Marcus Lattimore just missed becoming the first player to rush for over 100 yards against the Alabama defense. The freshman out of Byrnes high school finished with 95 yards on 23 carries. He scored two rushing touchdowns and also caught a touchdown pass.
USC associate head coach over defense Ellis Johnson’s unit found a way to slow down reigning Heisman trophy winner Mark Ingram and the Alabama offense. The Gamecock defense was coming off a shaky game at Auburn two weeks ago but on Saturday it looked a lot more like the salty unit people expected it to be.
USC will return to action next Saturday on the road against Kentucky.