Saturday, September 27, 2008. (AP) -- Stephen Garcia was 13-for-20 for 131 yards and ran for 86 more in the first significant action of his career, giving South Carolina's offense enough of a kick to beat UAB 26-13 on Saturday night.
Garcia came in on the second possession for South Carolina (3-2). Over the next five first half possessions, the redshirt freshman accounted for all but six of the Gamecocks' yards and either passed the ball or ran it on 26 of the next 32 plays.
South Carolina's defense took care of the rest, holding the Blazers (1-4) to 207 yards and forced three turnovers as the Gamecocks won back-to-back games for the first time since starting 6-1 last season.
UAB quarterback Joe Webb was 17-of-26 for 140 yards and led his team with 22 yards on the ground.
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