The junior cornerback intercepted his first pass of the season in the first quarter at the Furman 42 to set up USC’s first scoring drive. The interception was the second of Whitlock’s career.
The 6-foot-5, 230-pound sophomore receiver caught his first touchdown pass of the season on a 15-yard toss from Stephen Garcia in the first quarter.
The sophomore cornerback intercepted a pass in the fourth quarter and returned it 80 yards for a touchdown to put the Paladins away.
USC pass rush
USC kept Furman quarterback Cody Worley on the run all night. The Gamecocks piled up seven sacks — two by tackle Travian Robertson — and also forced him into a number of quick throws.
Although he put together a solid passing game with 143 yards and two touchdowns, his two interceptions of the season put a damper on his evening. The second was tipped and returned by Furman freshman defensive end Shawn Boone for a touchdown.