Stephen Garcia to the rescue for Gamecocks

September, 3, 2011
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The fumbles have been popping out at a dizzying pace, and for a while, it looked like No. 12-ranked South Carolina's bubble might be popped.

Stephen Garcia had other ideas.

The fifth-year senior quarterback didn't start the game, but came off the bench in the second quarter to put a charge into the lethargic Gamecocks.

Connor Shaw started the game at quarterback, and South Carolina bungled its way through the first quarter and fell behind 17-0.

The game changed when Garcia took over South Carolina's offense in the second quarter. He had a couple of touchdown runs and threw a touchdown pass, and the Gamecocks showed just how explosive they can be.

In a flash, they went from being down 17-0 to leading 49-31 with a little more than 10 minutes to play in the game.

The poor start wasn't all on Shaw. Each team has lost four fumbles, and the Gamecocks were particularly bad on special teams early. Two of their fumbles came when they mishandled kicks.

Even though Shaw clearly outplayed Garcia during the preseason, this looks to be Garcia's team. His teammates respond to him, and it's not a coincidence that the Gamecocks finally got it going once he came into the game.

Something says he won't have to wait a quarter to get into the game next week at Georgia.

Chris Low | email

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