COLUMBIA, S.C. -- It's a final here in Williams-Brice Stadium. Things were uglier than they were pretty tonight, but South Carolina came away with the 21-3 win over Vanderbilt.
South Carolina's defense really came to play. Vanderbilt never consistantly moved the ball, getting more than three offensive plays in a drive just four times on 14 total drives. Vanderbilt finished the night with 77 total yards (73 passing, 4 rushing).
The Gamecocks defense looked nothing like the unit that struggled to tackle through the first three weeks. It had five sacks at the half and just overpowered Vanderbilt's offensive line for most of the night. Vanderbilt quarterbacks Larry Smith and Jordan Rodgers had barely any time to do anything in the pocket.
Marcus Lattimore was again South Carolina's most valuable offensive weapon, carrying the ball 20 times for 78 yards and a touchdown. He also had 73 yards receiving, including a 52-yard touchdown.
Without him, the score would have been much lower, as South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia continued his trend of playing mistake-filled football. While he did throw for 228 yards and touchdown, he had four interceptions, which caused a flurry of boos from the fans.
South Carolina also had nine penalties for 67 yards. Still the Gamecocks left with a victory and are still undefeated, including being 2-0 in conference play. The mistakes have to be cleaned up, but South Carolina will gladly take a 4-0 start.