Time and time again USC has turned to Marcus Lattimore to carry the load when things get tight and time and time again he has delivered. Saturday night’s performance against Navy was one of those times. The sophomore running back rushed for a career high 246 yards and three touchdowns against the Midshipmen. His final touchdown in the fourth quarter secured a 24-21 win over the Mids and improved the Gamecocks to 3-0 this season.
Stephen Garcia passed for 204 yards against the Middies. He didn’t throw a touchdown and was intercepted once. That pick came in the third quarter on a first-and-ten play from the Navy 18 yard line. Garcia was hit as he was throwing making it an easy play for the Mids defensive back Kewsi Mitchell. Navy drove 91 yards on its next possession to take a 21-17 lead.
Facing a triple option team is never fun for the defensive coaching staff. Gamecocks assistant head coach over defense Ellis Johnson said after the game he is not sure how much, if anything his unit will take from this game. He said his hope is his team played their assignments pretty well and improved its tackling. With the exepction of the Citadel, no one the Gamecocks face run the option. Of course the Citadel doesn’t run it nearly as well as Navy or even Wofford for that matter.
For the third straight game Antonio Allen had an interception. Unlike the first two, he didn’t return this one for a score. What a slacker, man. I’m kidding, of course. Allen’s pick was big because it ended the Middies final drive and secured the Gamecock win.
USC will play Vanderbilt next weekend in Columbia. The game kicks off at 7:00.