COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Stephen Garcia threw three touchdown
passes and Marcus Lattimore had two clinching TD runs as No. 19
South Carolina stunned No. 1 Alabama 35-21 on Saturday.
The Crimson Tide had won 19 straight game since losing the Sugar
Bowl after the 2008 season to Utah.
But the Steve Spurrier's Gamecocks (4-1, 2-1 Southeastern
Conference), who beat a top-ranked team for the first time in five
tries, used the Alabama formula of cashing in chances and shutting
down the run to pull off the upset and make themselves a factor in
the SEC title chase.
South Carolina shredded the country's top-rated scoring defense,
putting up the most points on Alabama (5-1, 2-1) since a 41-34 loss
to LSU in 2007. The Gamecocks scored four touchdowns when they got
inside the 'Bama 20 - double what the Crimson Tide had allowed all
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