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Vanderbilt loses 22nd SEC game straight

10/26/2003

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Dondrial Pinkins ran for three touchdowns
and threw for another score as South Carolina beat Vanderbilt 35-24
on Saturday night.

Pinkins completed 13 of 21 passes for 161 yards and ran for 50
yards for the Gamecocks (5-3, 2-3 Southeastern Conference).

South Carolina has beaten the Commodores (1-8, 0-5) four
straight times since an 11-10 loss in 1999 marked the low point of
coach Lou Holtz's 0-11 inaugural season.

The win means South Carolina is just one victory away from
becoming eligible to make its third bowl trip in the past four
years. But the Gamecocks finish the season against four teams with
winning records.

Vanderbilt lost its 22nd SEC game in a row despite a career-high
319 yards passing and three touchdowns from Jay Cutler, who
completed 26 of 35 passes.

Mistakes doomed the Commodores, though they actually outgained the
Gamecocks 456-379. South Carolina twice cashed in on Vanderbilt
turnovers deep in its territory.

The first was an interception by Moe Thompson that gave the
Gamecocks the ball on Vanderbilt's 7, setting up Cory Boyd's 3-yard
TD run that gave South Carolina a 14-0 lead. Thompson also
recovered a late fumble to end the Commodores' final threat.

Midway through the second quarter, Vanderbilt fumbled and
Jeremiah Garrison recovered on the Commodores 20. Pinkins took
advantage of the turnover to score on a 5-yard run, making it 21-3
in the second quarter.

Daccus Turman led South Carolina with 94 yards rushing on 15
carries, and freshman Demetris Summers broke off some good-looking
runs but left the game in the third quarter with a bruised elbow
after carrying the ball eight times for 41 yards. The Gamecocks
gained a total of 213 yards on the ground just one week after they
were held to zero yards rushing by LSU.

Erik Davis had six catches for 103 yards and Norval McKenzie ran
15 times for 64 yards for Vanderbilt.

But even when the Commodores overcame problems, like putting
together an 18-play drive after Ronald Hatcher fell down at his own
1 trying to take the ball out on the end zone on a kickoff, they
couldn't finish things off. That drive stalled deep in South
Carolina territory and the Commodores settled for Tolga Ertugrul's
27-yard field goal.

Vanderbilt also punted once from the South Carolina 34 and
missed a 39-yard field goal as the first half expired.

The Commodores finally started clicking once the game was out of
reach. A 15-yard scoring pass from Jay Cutler to fullback Matthew
Tant ended an 82-yard drive and a 6-yard pass from Cutler to tight
end Dustin Dunning ended a 95-yard drive, the Commodores' longest
this season. It cut South Carolina's lead to 28-17 with 9:33 left
in the game.

But South Carolina ended any thoughts of a comeback with a
14-play, 75-yard scoring drive that burned more than 6{ minutes off
the clock and ended with a 15-yard scoring pass from Pinkins to
Boyd.