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USC beats Vanderbilt 31-6 in season opener

(Nashville-AP) Sept. 4, 2004 - South Carolina, wearing updated uniforms reminiscent of the old "Black Magic" days with white jerseys, black pants and black helmets with the South Carolina "C," dominated Southeastern Conference foe Vanderbilt in a 31-6 win on Saturday in Nashville, Tennessee.

The Gamecocks scored on their first two drive, including a 13-play, 88-yard drive to start the game that climaxed with a six-inch touchdown plunge by senior quarterback Dondrial Pinkins. The scoring drive almost exclusively featured rushing plays as South Carolina head coach Lou Holtz resumed play-calling duties this season from his son, assistant head coach Skip Holtz.

Holtz rolled the dice on the Gamecocks' second drive of the game by taking aim at the end zone on fourth and less than one, but Pinkins hit senior tight end Brian Brownlee with a high, arching pass to push the lead to 14-0. At the start of the second quarter USC's Josh Brown hit a field goal to put South Carolina up 17-0.

After a missed Brown field goal Vanderbilt took over and got on the scoreboard with a four-yard rushing touchdown by junior Kwane Doster in the second quarter set up by a 43-yard Jay Cutler pass to Erik Davis. A botched Commodores PAT left the score at 17-6.

Brown missed a second field goal as the second quarter expired as the score remained 17-6 at the half.

Cory Boyd helped USC start the third quarter in much the same way the Gamecocks started the first, finishing a long drive with a seven-yard scamper to the house to put South Carolina up 24-6.

South Carolina junior safety Jamacia Jackson in the fourth quarter intercepted a Cutler pass at the two yardline and took it 98 yards to the end zone for a 31-6 Gamecock advantage. The play was the fourth-longest INT return in South Carolina history and provided the final difference as the game ended in a 31-6 USC win.

South Carolina hosts Georgia next week in Columbia.

updated 3:41pm by Chris Rees

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