Steve Spurrier had to sweat it out for a half, but in the end his offense got it going and his team got a much needed win at Vanderbilt. The Gamecocks couldn’t muster much of anything for the first 28 minutes of the game, but a 15 yard touchdown strike to Tori Gurley with just 12 seconds left in the second quarter gave his unit and the team the boost it needed to get past the pesky Commodores.
Gurley caught four passes on that scoring drive and caught 13 on the night, one short of tying the school record of 14 held by Kenny McKinley and Zola Davis. Gurley said after the game his mother was sick and he had dedicated the game to her. He finished with 109 yards receiving and one touchdown.
The offense finished with 484 total yards. In addition to Gurley’s big game, Alshon Jeffery also had 158 yards receiving and a touchdown and Brian Maddox had a 149 yards rushing and one score. It is the first time in school history USC had two players with 100 plus yards receiving and one player with 100 or more yards rushing in the same game.
Stephen Garcia had arguably the quietest 355 yard passing night in history. Until is 72 yard strike to Jeffery in the fourth quarter most of Garcia’s passes were short completions. He was certainly efficient, finishing 31-39 for the 355 yards mentioned above. He had two touchdowns and one interception.