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2011 SC Roost Report
Week 1: Defense Dominates for 'Cocks
Memphis 7 @ South Carolina 31
In an ole fashioned way, the South Carolina Gamecocks defense brought the woodshed and took Memphis to it on Saturday, allowing a stingy 206 yards and forcing 6 Turnovers, including 5 fumbles, the first of which was returned for the first score of the game late in the first quarter. In the first game for new head coach Rich Brooks Jr, USC powered it's way past the helpless Tigers, in an attempt to make an early season statement.
However, the rainy, late afternoon saw the Gamecocks also turn the ball over repeatedly, to the tune of 4 overall, with 3 of those going as interceptions for Steven Garcia. Needless to say with that stat alone, Garcia and the offense had a very poor day, seemingly never getting into any rhythm as the wind and rain fell heavily. 2 of his 8 completions did go for touchdowns, one to each running back, Marcus Lattimore and Kenny Miles, but the defense was involved in the setup for both. Lattimore also scored from 3 yards out in the first half, and ended with 68 yards on the evening.
Memphis did get a highlight reel play from WR Marcus Rucker, when he returned a Kickoff 104 yards in the 4th quarter to ruin the USC shutout. Other than that though, the Tigers continually put the ball on the turf and let QB Cannon Smith get beat up, including 3 sacks on the day, 2 of which ended as fumbles.
Next week, South Carolina faces a powerful Miami Hurricane team that is ranked #3 in the country coming in, and just put up 70 against Houston. The defense will have to bring it again, and then some if USC is to stay in against Jacory Harris and the Canes. The game can be seen on ESPN, at 3:30.
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