It’s not often the first player a coach mentions in a 29-7 win is the punter/place kicker. That was the case for Steve Spurrier Saturday night, when he praised the play of Spencer Lanning USC’s win over Clemson. Lanning punted seven times, averaging 42.7 yards per kick, and had two downed inside the Tiger’s five yard line. He was also two of three on field goal attempts. His lone miss was from 50 yards at the end of the first half.
Stephen Garcia had a solid, mistake free game leading the offense. The junior signal caller completed 14 of 30 passes for 227 yards and two touchdowns. He only threw seven passes after the half as the team went conservative after building a comfortable lead.
The offensive hero for the Gamecocks was Alshon Jeffery. The sophomore wide receiver caught five passes for 141 yards and a touchdown. It marked the seventh time this season Jeffery has gone over 100 yards receiving.
The Gamecock defense found a way to score again too. Early in the third quarter Antonio Allen picked off Kyle Parker and raced 37 yards into the end zone for a score. It’s the sixth time this season USC has scored on defense. Ellis Johnson’s unit has showed a lot of improvement since Carolina’s home loss to Arkansas.
USC improves to 9-3 this season. In case you didn’t hear, they will play Auburn next week in the SEC Championship game in Atlanta.
The early line in that game, for those who care about such things, is Auburn by seven. The Tigers won by eight in Auburn earlier this season in Jordan-Hare Stadium.
Saturday’s game kicks off at 4:00.