Oct. 25, 2003
GAME NOTES — SOUTH CAROLINA VS. VANDERBILT — Oct. 25, 2003
The first quarter nine yard pass to sophomore Andre Hemphill was the first career reception for Hemphill.
Freshman Cory Boyd scored his first two career touchdowns on a three yard first quarter run and a 16 yard fourth quarter pass reception from Dondrail Pinkins. The first quarter 21 yard run by Boyd was a career long. Boyd’s previous long rush was for 15 yards.
Dondrail Pinkins scored a career high three touchdowns against Vanderbilt.. He scored on a six yard run and a five yard run in the first half and on a 29 yard bootleg play in the third quarter. He is the third Gamecock to score three touchdowns in a game this season. Demetris Summers had three touchdowns against UAB and Daccus Turman scored three times against Kentucky. Pinkins has four touchdowns this season and eight in his career.
The first quarter interception and 25 yard return by sophomore defensive end Moe Thompson was his first of the season and second of his career. Thompson returned the interception to the seven yard line to set up the second South Carolina touchdown. Thompson also caused a fourth quarter fumble and recovered it when he sacked Vanderbilt quarterback Jay Cutler.
The second quarter fumble recovery at the Vanderbilt 20 yards line was the first recovery of the year for Jeremiah Garrison and his second career fumble recovery. He had one in 2001.
The announced crowd of 77,227 increased the season total for six South Carolina home games to 481,244, an average of 80,207 per game.
South Carolina’s 35-24 win increased the Gamecock series lead over Vanderbilt to 11-2. The Gamecocks and Commodores met only once, a 23-7 Carolina win at Nashville in 1961, before South Carolina joined the Southeastern Conference in 1992. The Gamecocks lead 10-2 in SEC games.