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Ex-Jefferson QB Garcia has strong starting debut

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Stephen Garcia accounted for almost all of South Carolina's offense in his first collegiate start, but the redshirt freshman from Jefferson said there was room for improvement in a 24-17 loss to LSU on Saturday night.

Garcia accounted for 230 of the Gamecocks' 254 yards, completing 14-of-26 for 215 yards and a touchdown, and rushing 19 times for 15 yards. LSU's defense clamped down in the second half, giving up 42 yards, forcing a Garcia fumble, and intercepting Garcia with 3:57 left to seal the win.

South Carolina fell to 2-9 at home against Top 25 teams in Steve Spurrier's four years. The Gamecocks have lost at least three SEC games in each of Spurrier's seasons. His 12 Florida teams lost three SEC games once.

The Gamecocks rushed for 39 yards and Garcia rarely had time.

"They adjusted and started bringing a pretty big blitz," said Garcia, who was sacked six times. "I never checked out of it, didn't call time out. I got hit way too many times."

"It was a tough night," said Spurrier, who kicked his headset on a late Garcia sack.

MARVE STILL THE STARTER: Former Plant standout Robert Marve will remain the starting Miami quarterback despite getting replaced Saturday by Jacory Harris, who led a rally past Duke. Coach Randy Shannon said Harris will continue to get more time if he has a hot hand. Marve didn't seem bothered by his benching; he joined the joyous screaming in the locker room afterward.

CLEMSON: Quarterback Cullen Harper had surgery on his nonthrowing left shoulder and expects to face Boston College on Nov. 1 after an off week.

GEORGIA: Defensive tackle Brandon Wood, a backup who has played every game, was suspended for at least this week's game against LSU after being charged Saturday with driving under the influence of alcohol. Georgia plays UF the following week. Asked how he can prevent more alcohol-related arrests, coach Mark Richt said, "I don't think I can."

KENTUCKY: Running back Derrick Locke, a key playmaker, has an MRI scheduled today for a knee injury. His status for Saturday's game at UF is unclear.

OHIO STATE: The Buckeyes host Penn State on Saturday with first place in the Big Ten at stake, and Ohio State freshman quarterback Terrelle Pryor will be a key story line. Pryor turned down Penn State's late push to keep him close to his home in Jeannette, Pa. Does Pryor expect to hear about his decision from people back home? "I really don't care," he said. "I'm in Ohio now. Jeannette is still my hometown. Don't get me wrong, but this is where I'm at. I'm not at Penn State. I'm not in Pennsylvania. I'm here to make not Penn State happy, but Ohio State happy."

TV UPDATES: ESPN will televise Alabama at Tennessee on Saturday (6:45). Georgia at LSU will be on Ch. 10 (7:45).

LATE SATURDAY: Freshman Keola Antolin ran for 149 yards and three touchdowns and host Arizona rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit to beat California 42-27. The Wildcats are tied for first in the Pac-10 with Oregon, Oregon State and USC.

Basketball

TALLEST PLAYER OUT FOR YEAR: UNC Asheville's Kenny George, at 7 feet 7 the nation's tallest player, will not play this year amid reports part of his right foot was amputated. George needed surgery after contracting a staph infection, the Asheville Citizen-Times reported. ESPN.com said the 22-year-old had surgery three weeks ago.

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