COLUMBIA -- Despite throwing four interceptions, Stephen Garcia will probably be South Carolina's starting quarterback against Auburn on Saturday, according to Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier.
"I'm not going to say anything bad about Stephen," Spurrier said. "Stephen is actually trying the best he can. He is trying the best he can, and that's all as a coach you can ever ask a person to do."
Garcia completed 16 of 30 passes for 228 yards and a touchdown. Spurrier said he expects Garcia to play against Auburn because he is likely USC's best chance to win. But, Spurrier said, if one of the backup quarterbacks impresses this week, they may play.
"If some of those other guys looked great in practice, yeah I'd put them in there," Spurrier said. "But they haven't really impressed us all that much in practice. As a coach, you just put whoever out there you think has got the best chance to help you win the game. We'll see how it goes."
Connor Shaw entered the game in the fourth quarter and completed one of two passes for eight yards. Third-string QB Dylan Thompson made his USC debut on the final series but did not attempt a pass.
Jeffery No. 2
Alshon Jeffery moved past Sterling Sharpe and into second place on USC's all-time receiving yards list with a 12-yard reception in the first quarter.
Jeffery finished the night with two catches for 34 yards. The junior now has 2,526 receiving yards in his career. Sharpe had 2,497 yards in his four seasons at USC.
"It's a great accomplishment," Jeffery said. "But I'm not big on that. I just care about the win."
Jeffery needs 255 more yards to pass the late Kenny McKinley (2,781) for the school record.
Hampton finally plays
After redshirting in 2010 and serving a three-game suspension to start the 2011 season, cornerback Victor Hampton finally played in a game for USC. Hampton had two tackles and a pass break-up.
"I thought he played really well," said USC associate head coach for defense Ellis Johnson. "For the limited amount of practice time he's had with us, I thought it was pretty decent. If he does continue to improve, it'll be welcome news if we can get some guys off the field and get them rotated, and we can also get some guys out of their comfort zone that need to be pushed."
Wide receiver Jason Barnes (hamstring) and tailback Kenny Miles (wrist) did not dress. Spurrier said the team trainer told him USC suffered no injuries after Saturday's game.
Wooten not perfect
Kicker Jay Wooten missed a 44-yard field goal in the third quarter, his first miss of the season. Wooten did convert all three of his point-after tries.
Former Timberland High standout Aldrick Fordham had a tackle for loss. It was Fordham's only tackle of the night. Beaufort High product Jimmy Legree also had a tackle.
Garcia passes Taneyhill
Despite playing poorly, Garcia did hit a career milestone. The win was his 21st as a starting quarterback at USC, pushing him past Steve Taneyhill for the second-most in school history. Next up for Garcia is Todd Ellis with 24 career wins.
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