Scores

Final

Arkansas 21

(4-6, 1-5 SEC)

South Carolina 34

(7-3, 4-3 SEC)

Coverage: GamePlan

1:00 PM ET, November 8, 2008

Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, SC

1 2 3 4 T
ARK 0 7 7 721
SC 10 7 3 1434

Top Performers

Passing: C. Dick (ARK) - 217 YDS, 2 TD, 3 INT

Rushing: B. Barnett (ARK) - 7 CAR, 45 YDS, 1 TD

Receiving: K. McKinley (SC) - 7 REC, 130 YDS, 1 TD

Garcia, Smelley switch it up as South Carolina beats Arkansas

Associated Press

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Steve Spurrier shuffled things up again Saturday, alternating quarterbacks Stephen Garcia and Chris Smelley most of the way in South Carolina's 34-21 victory over Arkansas.

The Gamecocks (7-3, 4-3) have won four of their past five Southeastern Conference games since starting 0-2 in the league, snapped a two-game losing streak to Arkansas (4-6, 1-5) and put themselves in position for a New Year's Day bowl game.

And they did it through one of the South Carolina coach's quirkiest trademarks.

The former Heisman Trophy winner is known for being tough on quarterbacks. Only a short time after freshman Garcia threw two touchdowns to bring South Carolina its first home win over Tennessee in 16 years last week, Spurrier complained that Garcia wasn't ready to run the offense.

Spurrier kept everyone guessing about the quarterbacks this week, only saying he planned to play both. No one figured he meant every other snap.

Smelley got first chance, overthrowing receiver Jason Barnes. Then Garcia entered and hit Kenny McKinley with a 30-yard pass to the Arkansas 14. After Smelley was incomplete on the next play, Garcia rushed past the Razorbacks for a touchdown.

Spurrier kept up the pattern much of the opening period: Smelley, a sophomore, would start the sequence, with Garcia coming in every other play.

The two shared time in leading a drive that ended with Ryan Succop's 54-yard field goal -- missing the senior's career mark by a yard.

It was Smelley who found tight end Jared Cook for a 66-yard touchdown pass and a 17-7 lead.

It's far from the first time Spurrier's gone through such QB issues. The most famous coming the season after Florida's national title in 1996, when Spurrier rotated Gator passers Doug Johnson and Noah Brindise. The result? A satisfying 32-29 victory over rival Florida State.

Down 20-7, Arkansas got back into it with a 15-play, 8 minute drive that ended with Casey Dick's 4-yard TD throw to Mitchell Bailey.

Dick had the Razorbacks driving again moments later when defensive end Jordin Lindsey stretched up to snag the interception and take it 40 yards to the Arkansas 15.

On Garcia's play, he lofted a pretty pass into the waiting hands of McKinley to put the Gamecocks up 27-14.

Smelley was more productive at 9 of 19 for 148 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. Garcia was 4 of 11 for 71 yards and an interception for South Carolina's lone turnover.

McKinley had seven catches for 130 yards and, with 2,602 yards, surpassed Sterling Sharpe as the school's career yardage leader.

South Carolina was run over by Arkansas and its backfield stars of Darren McFadden and Felix Jones the past two years. McFadden had one of last season's top performances, rushing for 321 yards in Arkansas' 48-36 win over the Gamecocks.

But with McFadden and Jones both gone to the NFL, South Carolina's SEC-leading defense bottled up Arkansas.

Dick had three interceptions and Arkansas was sacked six times. The Razorbacks rushed for 54 yards.

It didn't help when Michael Smith, the SEC leader at 123 yards a game, left with a shoulder injury right before halftime. He had just 25 yards on seven carries.

The Razorbacks, who upended 19th-ranked Tulsa a week ago, have lost six of their past eight games in coach Bobby Petrino's first season.

Arkansas tried an onside kick in the final minutes after drawing within 34-21 and players from both sides threw punches. Gamecock safety Chris Culliver, a starter, was ejected.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ARK
SC
1st Downs1818
Total Yards309351
Passing255219
Rushing54132
Penalties5-364-45
3rd Down Conversions5-165-13
4th Down Conversions2-21-1
Turnovers31
Possession30:5429:06

Passing Leaders

ArkansasC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Dick16/262178.323
South CarolinaC/ATTYDSAVGTDINT
Smelley9/191487.810

Rushing Leaders

ArkansasCARYDSAVGTDLG
Barnett7456.4123
Smith7253.6013
South CarolinaCARYDSAVGTDLG
Baker9596.6020
Davis14443.1113

Receiving Leaders

ArkansasRECYDSAVGTDLG
Wright28241.0170
Miller55711.4015
South CarolinaRECYDSAVGTDLG
McKinley713018.6130
Cook28241.0166

Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERARKSC
TD13:17Stephen Garcia 14 Yd Run (Ryan Succop Kick) 07
FG11:20Ryan Succop 54 Yd 010
SECOND QUARTERARKSC
TD09:24Jarius Wright 70 Yd Pass From Casey Dick (Alex Tejada Kick) 710
TD07:26Jared Cook 66 Yd Pass From Chris Smelley (Ryan Succop Kick) 717
THIRD QUARTERARKSC
FG12:54Ryan Succop 37 Yd 720
TD04:42Mitchell Bailey 4 Yd Pass From Casey Dick (Alex Tejada Kick) 1420
FOURTH QUARTERARKSC
TD14:49Kenny McKinley 15 Yd Pass From Stephen Garcia (Ryan Succop Kick) 1427
TD06:21Mike Davis 13 Yd Run (Ryan Succop Kick) 1434
TD01:18Brandon Barnett 1 Yd Run (Alex Tejada Kick) 2134