COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- Stephen Garcia threw two touchdowns, rushed for another score and South Carolina matched its best start of Steve Spurrier's five seasons with a 38-14 victory over South Carolina State on Saturday night.
The Gamecocks improved to 4-1, tying their opening mark of 2007. But it took more time than Spurrier would've liked to finally put away the Football Championship Subdivision opponent.
Garcia's 1-yard TD right before halftime put South Carolina ahead 10-0. In the second half, Garcia connected with Moe Brown on touchdowns of 40 and 9 yards to put things out of reach at 31-7.
Garcia finished 13 of 19 for 132 yards.
Spurrier improved to 38-0 against opponents not in the six conferences with Bowl Championship Series bids.
South Carolina State (3-1) fell to 0-5 against Football Bowl Subdivision.
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