COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina kept the game in the air to win 35-21 in an upset over Alabama (5-1) at Williams-Brice Stadium on Saturday. The Gamecocks (4-1) quarterback Stephen Garcia threw for 201 yards, completing 17-of-20 attempts, with three touchdowns and one interception. The Gamecocks also ran for 107 yards on 38 carries.
The Crimson Tide passed effectively. Alabama threw for 315 yards, completing 27-of-35 attempts, with two touchdowns and no interceptions. It also ran for 34 yards on 29 carries.
Marcus Lattimore and Alshon Jeffery joined forces to have a good game for South Carolina, as Lattimore ran for 95 yards and two touchdowns and Jeffery caught seven passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns.
Julio Jones was a bright spot for the Crimson Tide in the loss. The six-foot-4, 211-pound wide receiver caught eight passes for 120 yards with one touchdown.
The Crimson Tide were winning 3-0 in the first before South Carolina went on a 21-point run to take an 18-point lead in the second.
Touchdown runs for the Gamecocks included Lattimore runs of one and two yards. Scoring throws for South Carolina included a nine-yard touchdown pass from Garcia to Lattimore, a 26-yard touchdown pass from Garcia to Jeffery and a 15-yard touchdown pass from Garcia to Jeffery.
Scores for Alabama's offense included a nine-yard touchdown pass from Greg McElroy to Jones and a 51-yard touchdown pass from McElroy to Darius Hanks.
Special teams scores for Alabama included Jeremy Shelley field goals of 31 and 39 yards. The Crimson Tide's defense also pitched in a safety.
Antonio Allen had one sack and one fumble recovery for the Gamecocks.
McElroy went 27-of-34 for 315 yards and threw two touchdowns for the Crimson Tide.
The Gamecocks next play on Saturday, Oct. 16 against Kentucky and the Crimson Tide next play on Saturday, Oct. 16 against Mississippi.
Fourth Quarter: Alabama 21, South Carolina 35
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Alabama's passing attack was on target in the fourth, but the Crimson Tide still couldn't dig out of their large hole and lost to South Carolina 35-21. Alabama threw for 123 yards, completing 6-of-10 attempts, with one touchdown and no interceptions.
Darius Hanks caught a 51-yard touchdown pass for the Crimson Tide, and Marcus Lattimore ran for 34 yards with one touchdown for the Gamecocks.
Greg McElroy led the Crimson Tide on a four-play, 88-yard drive. McElroy went 3-for-3 for 88 yards on the drive. Alabama scored when McElroy threw a 51-yard touchdown pass to Hanks on second-and-13.
The Gamecocks scored on a two-yard Lattimore run after a 10-play, 74-yard drive. South Carolina threw just twice and Stephen Garcia went 2-for-2 for 60 yards on the drive.
Alshon Jeffery had 126 yards receiving in the game for the Gamecocks.
The Crimson Tide quarterback McElroy threw for 315 yards in the game.
Julio Jones had 120 yards receiving in the game for the Crimson Tide.
Alabama squandered a chance for points and had its 11-yard drive stopped when A.J. McCarron threw an incomplete pass on fourth-and-12.
Third Quarter: Alabama 14, South Carolina 28
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- South Carolina has a chance to pull an upset over Alabama, as it leads 28-14 heading into the fourth quarter.
Marcus Lattimore ran for 14 yards with one touchdown for the Gamecocks, and Michael Williams caught a 32-yard pass for the Crimson Tide.
Alabama's defense put the clamps on South Carolina's running game, allowing only 18 yards rushing on 10 attempts.
Alabama went on a nine-play, 29-yard drive that culminated when Jeremy Shelley kicked a 39-yard field goal.
The Gamecocks went on a 15-play, 82-yard drive that culminated when Lattimore crossed the goal line on a one-yard run on second-and-goal.
The Crimson Tide also scored on a safety.
The Crimson Tide will start the fourth quarter with the ball on their 49-yard line.
Second Quarter: Alabama 9, South Carolina 21
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Alabama still faces a large deficit, trailing 21-9 going into the half, despite the Crimson Tide's effective passing game in the second. The Crimson Tide threw for 84 yards, completing 10-of-12 attempts, with one touchdown and no interceptions. They also ran for 14 yards on eight carries.
Alabama played solid defense. It allowed 40 total yards, including 20 yards rushing and 20 yards passing for South Carolina.
Julio Jones caught four passes for 46 yards with one touchdown for the Crimson Tide, and Alshon Jeffery caught two passes for 18 yards with one touchdown for the Gamecocks.
The Gamecocks' defense shut down Alabama's running game, allowing only 14 yards rushing on eight attempts.
South Carolina scored after a fumble return by safety Antonio Allen set South Carolina up in good field position at Alabama's 43-yard line. It then drove 43 yards on three plays. A key moment on the drive for the Gamecocks was when the Crimson Tide committed a 15-yard defensive penalty. South Carolina eventually scored when Stephen Garcia threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Jeffery on first-down.
The Crimson Tide scrounged up some points at the end of the first half. Alabama drove 41 yards on seven plays, taking 1:13 off the clock, before scoring with 44 seconds remaining on a nine-yard touchdown pass from Greg McElroy to Jones.
The Crimson Tide threw away a scoring chance and had their 52-yard drive halted when Jeremy Shelley missed a 31-yard field goal.
The Crimson Tide held the ball for over 10 minutes in the quarter gaining 98 total yards
First Quarter: Alabama 3, South Carolina 14
COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Stephen Garcia threw for 75 yards with two touchdowns and ran for 18 yards for South Carolina in the first, and the Gamecocks seem in control of the game 14-3 going into the second.
Greg McElroy threw for 63 yards and ran for 10 yards for Alabama.
The Crimson Tide scored on a 31-yard field goal by Jeremy Shelley after a nine-play, 54-yard drive to open the quarter.
After a nine-play, 63-yard drive, the Gamecocks scored when Garcia threw a nine-yard touchdown pass to Marcus Lattimore on second-and-goal. Garcia went 4-for-4 for 42 yards on the drive.
After a nine-play, 55-yard drive, South Carolina scored when Garcia threw a 26-yard touchdown pass to Alshon Jeffery on first-down. Garcia went 2-for-2 for 33 yards and ran three times for 20 yards on the drive.
The last 14 points have been scored by the Gamecocks.
The Crimson Tide will start the second quarter with the ball on their 38-yard line.
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