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Gamecocks dog Georgia COLUMBIA, S.C. - South Carolina is running out of goal posts.

By Compiled from Times wires

© St. Petersburg Times, published September 10, 2000


For the second straight week, the Gamecocks ended a long losing streak in stunning fashion, beat Georgia 21-10 to end nearly three years -- and 18 losses -- of Southeastern Conference frustration.

Just like last week's 31-0 win over New Mexico State that ended South Carolina's 21-game overall losing streak, the goal posts and shrubs didn't stand a chance at Williams-Brice Stadium.

"I tell you what, I don't want to start that as a tradition," said Holtz, who was soaked with a cooler of ice water for the second consecutive week.

If the Gamecocks keep winning, he'll never stop it.

Georgia's Heisman Trophy contender Quincy Carter was 10-for-24 and threw five interceptions, one fewer than he did last season. After a first-possession touchdown, the Bulldogs managed only a 21-yard second-quarter field goal. Derek Watson had three touchdowns as South Carolina controlled the ball almost 24 minutes of the second half.

"I think Georgia underestimated us a little bit," defensive lineman Kalimba Edwards said.

The Bulldogs were held to 287 total yards. Even worse for Georgia fans who considered this one of its strongest teams since Herschel Walker's days 20 years ago is that hopes for any title -- SEC or national -- could be over.

South Carolina hadn't won an SEC game since beating Vanderbilt 35-3 on Oct. 25, 1997.

"It's still early in the season, even though you don't want to lose to an inferior team," George defensive tackle Richard Seymour said.

The goalposts fell a lot quicker this time -- the fans got better from Week 1 to Week 2.

"It's the Gamecock millennium baby," one yelled as they tumbled.

AUBURN 35, MISSISSIPPI 27: A record crowd of 52,368 packed into Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, most hoping to see Mississippi give a rude welcome to former Rebels coach Tommy Tuberville.

Rudi Johnson made sure it didn't happen.

Johnson rushed for 165 yards on 29 carries and two touchdowns as Auburn beat Mississippi to give Tuberville a victory over his former team.

"It's big that it's over with," said Tuberville, who left two days after the 1998 season.

As the game ended, the Auburn players raised Tuberville onto their shoulders as the crowd loudly booed.

Auburn was last in the country in rushing last season, but Johnson, the junior college transfer, has rushed for 339 yards in two games.

Auburn finished with 261 yards rushing.

Deuce McAllister had 257 all-purpose yards and scored three touchdowns, including an 87-yard punt return that gave Mississippi a 27-21 lead in the third quarter.

Auburn answered with Johnson's power.

On fourth and 2, Johnson broke through the left side of a tightly packed line and rumbled 42 yards for a touchdown that gave the Tigers a 28-27 lead with 13:59 to go.

NO. 13 ALABAMA 28 VANDY 10: The offensive heroes for the host Crimson Tide were three players who started a season-opening loss to UCLA on the bench.

Ahmaad Galloway, making his first career start, rushed 13 times for 172 yards, including a 79-yard first-quarter score. His backup, Brandon Miree, scored on a tackle-breaking 41-yard scamper in the fourth.

Backup quarterback Tyler Watts led the fourth-quarter drives and scored on a 9-yard run.

LSU 28, HOUSTON 13: Josh Booty threw for 177 yards and two touchdowns, and Damien James intercepted two late-game passes for the host Tigers. James' interceptions -- one in the LSU end zone and the other returned for a 56-yard touchdown -- stopped potential game-tying drives.

Neither, however, would have mattered if LSU had not failed to score three times from inside the Houston 20 in the third quarter. Two drives ended on Booty turnovers, the other on a blocked field goal.

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