TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) -- Backup quarterback Syvelle Newton rushed
for two third-quarter touchdowns and South Carolina intercepted
four passes in a 20-3 victory over Alabama on Saturday night.
The Gamecocks (4-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) bullied a
Crimson Tide team hampered by quarterback problems since the
season-ending knee injury to Brodie Croyle two weeks ago.
It was South Carolina's first win in eight trips to Tuscaloosa
and second straight against Alabama after losing the first 10 games
in the series.
Alabama (3-2, 1-2) has lost two straight. The Crimson Tide
managed only one touchdown and 13 points in the two games since
sophomore Marc Guillon replaced Croyle.
Guillon was 9-of-18 for 63 yards while backup Spencer Pennington
had just one completion in six attempts. Both were picked off
Their troubles helped South Carolina brush off Newton's
third-quarter interception and the team's two fumbles in the
Newton had touchdown runs of 8 and 9 yards in the third quarter,
both set up by interceptions.
Anthony Madison picked of Newton's pass at Alabama's 23-yard
line. Guillon followed immediately with an equally bad pass,
throwing it directly to cornerback Fred Bennett, who finished with
Newton kept it on the ground this time, carrying on all three
plays and capping the 20-yard drive by scampering untouched into
the end zone for an 8-yarder.
Pennington replaced Guillon but had similar results -- an
interception by Tremaine Tyler, who raced 40 yards to Alabama's 9.
Newton ran up the middle on the next play for another easy score.
He had 13 carries for 53 yards while he and starter Dondrial
Pinkins had only two completions apiece. Pinkins and Newton have
been splitting time under center. The Gamecocks gained 203 yards on
54 rushes but had only 46 yards passing, nearly 200 below their
With the return of tailback Demetris Summers, South Carolina all
but scrapped the league's No. 4 passing attack. Summers, who had
missed the past two games with a sprained ankle, had 61 yards on 15
carries but lost a fourth-quarter fumble.
The Gamecocks didn't even need a contribution from the league's
leading receiver. Troy Williamson didn't catch a pass after three
straight 100-yard games.
Alabama's offense has sputtered badly since Croyle tore a knee
ligament early in the third quarter of a rout of Division I-AA
Western Carolina. The result has been lopsided defeats to Arkansas
and the Gamecocks after opening with three blowout wins.
Josh Brown gave South Carolina a 6-3 halftime lead with field
goals of 28 and 29 yards. Alabama's Brian Bostick made a 28-yarder
but missed a 35-yarder just before the half, his first miss.