South Carolina Vs. ECU Score: Halftime, Stephen Garcia Has Gamecocks Back In It, But USC Defense Struggling

Surprise! The South Carolina Gamecocks have looked like much less of an embarrassing mess with Stephen Garcia in at quarterback. After a terrible start by Connor Shaw, Steve Spurrier elected to put in his senior, and the decision has paid off. After going down 17-0 in the middle of the second quarter, South Carolina rallied back to bring the score back to 17-14. However, the Gamecocks defense is still struggling. East Carolina scored another touchdown just before the half, and the Pirates lead 24-14.

Dominique Davis has been fantastic for ECU, passing 17-24 for 138 yards, three touchdowns and no interceptions. Reggie Bullock has been effective running the ball for the Pirates as well, averaging over four yards per carry.

With no disrespect intended to ECU, if this is what South Carolina's defense is doing against the Pirates, they're going to be in serious trouble when they get into their SEC schedule. Steve Spurrier's decision to start Connor Shaw over Stephen Garcia put his team in a hole, but the defense has not helped Garcia dig his team out of said hole.   

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