Saturday, October 20, 2007

Vandy Stuns Gamecocks

USC losses 17-6 to Vanderbilt.

USC is the 15th team ranked in the top 10 to lose this year -- and VU (4-3, 2-3) defeats a team ranked as high as sixth for only the second time ever. VU beat No. 6 LSU in 1937.
The Commodores led 17-0 after the first quarter on three drives combined totaled 76 yards and 12 plays. Two came after turnovers by USC in its first five plays; the third after a punt by the Gamecocks out of their end zone to the USC 43.

Despite arguably Spurrier's worst loss in his three-year tenure, the Gamecocks (6-2, 3-2 in the Southeastern Conference) still control their own destiny. Win out and USC wins the Eastern Division for the first time. For now, however, USC is tied with Georgia (5-2, 3-2), which was idle Saturday, and No. 14 Florida (5-2, 3-2). The problem for USC is the toughest part of its SEC schedule is ahead, with back-to-back trips to No. 20 Tennessee (4-3, 2-2) and Arkansas (4-3, 2-3) before returning home against the Gators.

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