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100 just a number to Miles

USC's Kenny Miles heads downfield for some of his 102 rushing yards Saturday against Vanderbilt.
USC's Kenny Miles heads downfield for some of his 102 rushing yards Saturday against Vanderbilt.

After South Carolina's 14-10 win against Vanderbilt on Saturday, a reporter told Gamecocks tailback Kenny Miles he was part of a trio that included a 300-yard passer, a 100-yard rusher and 100-yard receiver.

Miles seemed unimpressed.

"Stats are just stats," Miles said. "A W's a W, and it's good to get the win."

Miles rushed for 102 yards on 18 carries to break the century mark for the second time in three games. The redshirt freshman from the Atlanta area had 100 yards on 17 rushes against Kentucky.

After being overlooked early in the season, Miles has overtaken junior Brian Maddox as the featured back. He is the Gamecocks' leading rusher and is averaging more than 5 yards a carry.

"It feels good to know that the coaching staff has the confidence in me that I can get in there and get it done," Miles said.

Miles entered the game without a fumble in 67 career touches. He ran his streak 90 after his first-quarter fumble was overturned by instant replay.

"You never want to put it in the refs' hands," Miles said. "I just kind of waited and saw what their call was."

Odd call. With USC leading by four with four minutes left, Steve Spurrier decided against a 47-yard field goal on fourth-and-3 and went for the first down. Quarterback Stephen Garcia was thrown for a 6-yard loss on a bootleg run.

"That was not a good call," Spurrier said. "We should have run the ball, but not that one."

Suggestions box. Despite being a freshman who has been in the program for four months, USC receiver Alshon Jeffery is not afraid to speak up.

"What I like about Alshon, he'll come over there and suggest plays. Sidney (Rice) would do that," Spurrier said. "So he's got a feel for the game. He knows what's going on out there."

Spurrier said the Gamecocks didn't get to use Jeffery's suggested pass route Saturday.

"We'll save it for the next team," Spurrier said.

That would be Tennessee, one of three schools Jeffery considered attending before signing with the Gamecocks. First-year Vols coach Lane Kiffin reportedly told Jeffery he would end up "pumping gas" if the Calhoun County star signed with his home-state team.

Jeffery was not touching that topic Saturday.

"I'm not talking about it," he said.

Bring in the troops. For the second time this season, USC gave a large block of unsold tickets to the local military.

Marketing director Eric Nichols said the tickets were given to officials at Fort Jackson and Shaw Air Force Base, who used a portion of them and distributed the rest to bases throughout the state.

Local military members also attended the Gamecocks' 38-14 win against S.C. State on Oct. 3.

"They had a good time and we won," Nichols said. "So you've got to keep it going."

Homecoming. Three former USC players who are on NFL rosters were recognized during a first-half timeout: Denver rookie receiver Kenny McKinley, Seattle linebacker Lance Laury and Seahawks offensive lineman Na'Shan Goddard. Both Seattle and Denver have byes this week.

Extra points. USC sophomore receiver Stephen Flint made his first career start in place of Moe Brown, who was held out a week after sustaining a concussion against Alabama. ... Freshman tight end Justice Cunningham made his second start in three games. Cunningham got the nod in front of Weslye Saunders, who aggravated a left ankle injury in practice this week. Saunders played against the Commodores but did not have a catch. ... Defensive end Clifton Geathers had a sack for the second game in a row.

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