The junior spur sacked Alabama’s Greg McElroy and forced a fumble on the first play of the second quarter to set up USC’s 43-yard touchdown drive that put the Gamecocks up 21-3.
He caught another seven passes for 127 yards, including a one-handed 45-yard grab to set up a fourth-quarter touchdown, as well as a pair of first-half touchdowns to show a national television audience why he’s one of the best receivers in college football.
The junior quarterback even earned praise from Steve Spurrier for playing his best game. He completed 17-of-20 passes for 201 yards and three touchdowns in skillfully leading USC to its monumental victory.
The sophomore cornerback led a hard-nosed defensive effort, which limited Alabama to 36 yards rushing, with nine tackles and a pair of sacks
The offensive line
The guys up front paved the way for 311 yards that resulted in five touchdowns in what Spurrier called the best offensive game in his time at South Carolina.
Coming off a spirited showing on ESPN “College GameDay” on the Horseshoe, the Gamecocks faithful made their way to a sold-out Williams-Brice Stadium and helped their team pull off the huge win.
Taking a safety
Stephen Garcia’s play on a bad snap on USC’s first play of the third quarter resulted in a five-point turnaround for Alabama, which took the gift safety and put together a field-goal drive after the free kick.