NASHVILLE, TN (WIS) - In what amounted to an ugly but much needed win for the Gamecocks, South Carolina is now in the driver's seat of the SEC East.
Brian Maddox rushed for a career-high 146 yards and the game-clinching touchdown to lead No. 19 South Carolina to a difficult 21-7 win over Vanderbilt on Saturday night,giving Steve Spurrier his 40th victory with the Gamecocks.
"It was a good night for the Gamecocks and we are very happy to have won the game," Spurrier said. "A lot of guys played really well. (Maddox) came in and made some really nice runs. (Garcia) hit some passes, even though a lot of them were short. Of course, we had the big one with (Jeffery) there at the end to sort of put it away. Our defense played outstanding. It was a wonderful night for the defense."
The win snapped South Carolina's seven-game Southeastern Conference road losing streak that dated back to 2008 and put theGamecocks (5-2, 3-2) in first place in the SEC East. South Carolina had lost two of the last three to Vanderbilt (2-5, 1-3).