COLUMBIA -- South Carolina's 56-37 victory over East Carolina on Saturday night in Charlotte fit right in with a weekend full of odd openers.
The 12th-ranked Gamecocks trailed 17-0, allowed the Pirates to snap the ball 84 times, and -- strangest of all -- USC completed only 10 passes.
"It's no fun for a bunch of receivers to catch thousands of balls for a month, and we play East Carolina and we've got 10 completions," USC coach Steve Spurrier said Sunday. "Five to Alshon (Jeffery), three to Marcus (Lattimore). I think Ace (Sanders) got one and Nicky Jones got a little quick screen."
First-time starter Connor Shaw was 3 for 9 for 21 yards. Stephen Garcia went 7-for-15 for 110 yards to reclaim the job.
Count 'em, 10.
Lattimore did the heavy work: 112 yards rushing and three touchdowns on 23 carries. "I mean, that's pretty embarrassing for me and our line coach maybe and our quarterback coach," Spurrier said. "Our receivers ran pretty good routes. We just didn't get the ball in the air going at them much."
That theoretically won't work Saturday at Georgia, even with the No. 19 Bulldogs coming off a 35-21 loss to No. 5 Boise State. "I just don't think we're going to be able to run up and down the field like we did (Saturday night) with Marcus against everybody," Spurrier said. "We had trouble running against Clemson a little bit after they stacked the line of scrimmage last year."
Spurrier was asked to comment about Georgia coach Mark Richt, on the hot seat with some Georgia fans.
"I don't think Coach Richt needs me to worry about him," Spurrier said. "I was worried about my job at halftime (Saturday night), how about that?"
USC's only injury was spur LB Damario Jeffery (sprained ankle), probable for the Georgia game. CB Akeem Auguste (ankle) didn't travel to Charlotte but will practice this week.
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