South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier wasn’t too thrilled with some of the decisions made by starting quarterback Stephen Garcia.
That’s OK, though, because Garcia wasn’t too thrilled with Spurrier, either, it seemed.
Garcia threw two interceptions Saturday in a 38-19 victory against Furman, but it was a pass that wasn’t picked off that upset Spurrier the most. Garcia was being taken to the turf late in the game when he heaved a ball to the left side that could have been intercepted.
“When Stephen threw that last pass there, I said, ‘Gosh, what are you doing, just go down there,’” Spurrier said.
Garcia’s version of events is that he was doing what his coach told him.
“He’s the only one (on the sideline) I can hear when I’m on the field, and he was saying throw it so I threw it,” Garcia said. “Then he came back and asked me why I threw it, and I just kind of looked at him.”
Garcia, who entered the game as the only starting quarterback in the SEC without a touchdown pass, finished 13-of-20 for 150 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Backup quarterback Connor Shaw was 4-of-5 passing for 42 yards.
"Stephen had some good throws here and there, and Alshon (Jeffery) caught about everything," Spurrier said.
Spurrier said Shaw's entry into the game in the second quarter was unrelated to Garcia's first interception.
"He was going in the second quarter," Spurrier said. "It turned out Stephen came back in the game. (Shaw) was set to go. Stephen had a lot of good plays, but he had some bad plays I wish we could get rid of. We'll keep working on it."
It didn’t cost South Carolina on Saturday night, but you can bet Spurrier wasn’t happy to see two veterans make potentially big mental errors in the first quarter. On the Gamecocks’ first touchdown drive, Kyle Nunn, a junior, moved early to turn a third-and-3 into a third-and-8. On the second scoring drive, senior tight end Patrick DiMarco lined up in the neutral zone, turning a first-and-goal from the 3 into a first-and-goal from the 8.
Later in the first half, junior Rokevious Watkins was called for holding to cancel out a long pass play to Ace Sanders.
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Furman quarterback Chris Forcier is expected to miss the remainder of the season after leaving the game with a left shoulder injury. Andy Mims, who had 202 receiving yards, finished the game with a large laceration across his top lip.
... Chris Culliver had two kickoff returns for 45 yards in the first half. Those returns gave him 2,329 yards of career yardage, good enough for third all-time in the SEC.
Dakota Dozier, a 6-foot-4, 295-pound product of Brookland-Cayce High, started at left tackle for the Paladins.
Spurrier is 40-0 against teams from non-BCS conference schools.
The Gamecocks are 11-1 in the past 12 games at Williams-Brice.
Furman had 51 rushing yards, the fourth fewest by an opponent in Spurrier’s time at South Carolina.
DeVonte Holloman had six tackles and leads the team for the season with 20.