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Auguste suspended at least 3 games

Alshon Jeffery pulls in a 20 yard touchdown pass.
Alshon Jeffery pulls in a 20 yard touchdown pass.

USC will be without starting cornerback Akeem Auguste for at least two more games.

The sophomore was suspended, under team and university policy, before Saturday's game against S.C. State and is out "indefinitely," according to coach Steve Spurrier.

"Hopefully he'll be back at the end of three games. But we've gotta wait and see," Spurrier said.

It was not clear what led to Auguste's suspension. The sophomore started the first four games.

"When you've got the problems like we've had with people in and out of the lineup, you're not gonna develop any kind of consistency," said Ellis Johnson, assistant head coach for defense.

C.C. Whitlock replaced Auguste in the starting lineup. Stephon Gilmore, the other starting cornerback, filled in for Auguste as the punt returner.

McCollum scores

After playing a few snaps in a mop-up role in a victory against Florida Atlantic two weeks ago, USC backup quarterback Reid McCollum directed his first scoring drive in the fourth quarter.

The redshirt freshman from Summerville was 3-for-5 for 32 yards. He capped his only series with a 20-yard touchdown pass to freshman Alshon Jeffery with 5:39 remaining. The drive covered eight plays and 78 yards.

Spurrier was impressed by what he saw from McCollum, who had the flu early in the week.

"He did OK, and I wish he could have had a chance to throw a few more," Spurrier said. "He did really well at practice this week. He will be ready if needed."

New starters

Sticking to their promise that the players who had the best week of practice would start, Gamecocks coaches trotted out five new offensive starters.

The biggest shakeup came along the offensive line, where Kyle Nunn and Hutch Eckerson made their first starts of the season. Lemuel Jeanpierre started at center against Mississippi but moved to left guard in place of Heath Batchelor.

Nunn started in place of Jarriel King at left tackle. Nunn replaced King during the second half against the Rebels and held on to the job this week. King played during the first half.

Eckerson started in place of Quintin Richardson, who missed the game with the flu and an injured shoulder.

Jason Barnes started in place of Tori Gurley at wide receiver, and Kenny Miles earned his first career start at running back in place of Brian Maddox.

Extra points

Spencer Lanning connected on his only field goal, a 30-yarder, and has hit ten in a row. ... USC improved its all-time record to .500 (531-531-44). ... Spurrier improved his record against South Carolina colleges to 19-6. Ten of the wins came when he was coaching against the Gamecocks. ... S.C. State scored its first touchdown against an FBS team, covering five games, when Malcolm Long ran in a quarterback draw with 17 seconds remaining in the first half.

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