Scores

Final

Florida Atl 16

(0-2, 0-2 away)

South Carolina 38

(2-1, 0-1 SEC)

Coverage: GamePlan

7:00 PM ET, September 19, 2009

Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, SC

1 2 3 4 T
FAU 3 13 0 016
SC 10 7 21 038

Top Performers

Passing: R. Smith (FAU) - 198 YDS, 2 TD, 1 INT

Rushing: J. Giles (FLTH) - 11 CAR, 113 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: C. Bonner (FAU) - 6 REC, 57 YDS, 1 TD

South Carolina runs away from Florida Atlantic

Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Brian Maddox scored three touchdowns and Jarvis Giles ran 11 times for 113 yards to help South Carolina to a 38-16 win over Florida Atlantic on Saturday night.

The Gamecocks (2-1) scored on three straight possessions in the second half to turn an uncomfortably close game at half into a rare blowout.

While Giles averaged 10.3 yards a carry and got his first career touchdown, fellow freshman Kenny Miles looked just as impressive, running for 56 yards on five carries in one first quarter series before sitting out the rest of the game with a shoulder injury.

Florida Atlantic quarterback Rusty Smith was 21-for-31 for 198 yards.

Gamecocks coach Steve Spurrier is 37-0 in his career against teams not currently in the Bowl Championship Series. South Carolina has just five days to get ready for No. 5 Mississippi.

One thing Spurrier will likely address is kickoff coverage. The Gamecocks allowed an average of 26 yards on each return, a week after allowing 36 yards on kickoffs.

The Owls (0-2) trailed just 17-16 at halftime, but turned over the ball twice on their first three drives after halftime. Stephon Gilmore picked off Rusty Smith's pass, and Eric Norwood sacked Smith to force a fumble.

The Gamecocks took advantage of the short field both times.

Gilmore later recovered a fumble as South Carolina forced three turnovers in the second half and stopped Florida Atlantic on a fourth down at the Gamecocks' 5.

The game got out of hand that.

With more than 3 minutes to go, Spurrier put in his son Scotty. On his second play, the senior caught a 13-yard pass for his first career reception.

South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia was 20-for-27 for 222 yards, throwing for one touchdown and running for another.

The discovery of a running game meant the sophomore didn't have to match the 53 passes and 313 yards he had in a loss to No. 23 Georgia last week.

Maddox gained just 23 yards on 10 carries and had just two catches for 8 yards, but managed three touchdowns.

South Carolina receiver Tori Gurley had four catches for 100 yards. Moe Brown caught three passes for 20 yards, but had a 50-yard run on the Gamecocks' first play.

South Carolina took a 17-3 lead on Garcia's 15-yard run with 8:53 left in the first half, but the Owls scored twice before halftime.

Smith's 3-yard touchdown pass to a wide open Jamari Grant with 16 seconds left in the second quarter made it 17-16 just before halftime and raised hope Florida Atlantic might beat a BCS team for just the second time in the program's nine-year history.

Alfred Morris had 22 carries for 79 yards and Chris Bonner caught six passes for 57 yards for Florida Atlantic.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
FAU
SC
1st Downs2121
Total Yards307516
Passing211229
Rushing96287
Penalties3-306-54
3rd Down Conversions7-153-10
4th Down Conversions0-20-2
Turnovers31
Possession32:1027:50

Passing Leaders

Florida AtlanticC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Smith21/311986.421
South CarolinaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Garcia20/272228.210

Rushing Leaders

Florida AtlanticCARYDSAVGTDLG
Morris22793.6012
Rose4225.5011
South CarolinaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Giles1111310.3138
Miles55611.2017

Receiving Leaders

Florida AtlanticRECYDSAVGTDLG
Bonner6579.5123
Harmon45714.3022
South CarolinaRECYDSAVGTDLG
Gurley410025.0044
Barnes34013.3022

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERFAUSC
TD13:39Brian Maddox 3 Yd Run (Spencer Lanning Kick) 07
FG06:16Spencer Lanning 41 Yd 010
FG00:55Ross Gornall 37 Yd 310
SECOND QUARTERFAUSC
TD08:53Stephen Garcia 15 Yd Run (Spencer Lanning Kick) 317
TD04:28Chris Bonner 23 Yd Pass From Rusty Smith (Ross Gornall Kick) 1017
TD00:16Jamari Grant 3 Yd Pass From Rusty Smith (Pat Failed) 1617
THIRD QUARTERFAUSC
TD13:47Brian Maddox 3 Yd Run (Spencer Lanning Kick) 1624
TD09:07Brian Maddox 6 Yd Pass From Stephen Garcia (Spencer Lanning Kick) 1631
TD04:20Jarvis Giles 12 Yd Run (Spencer Lanning Kick) 1638