Coach Steve Spurrier had told his team all week that they would beat Alabama, the nation's No. 1 program. All that mattered was fate, and fate was on the Gamecocks side on Saturday.
South Carolina dialed up its biggest win in school history Saturday and after USC beat Alabama 35-21 Saturday Spurrier was all smiles.
"I think that this game was meant to be," Spurrier said. "Fellas, if fate means for us to win this game Saturday, then lets give it a chance to happen."
The Gamecocks grabbed an early 18-point lead Saturday afternoon. Quarterback Stephen Garcia threw three touchdown passes, two to Alshon Jeffery and freshman tailback Marcus Lattimore scored three times.
Garcia completed 17 of 20 throws for 201 yards on the three touchdowns that tied a career-high that he set two weeks ago at Auburn. Garcia's had scoring tosses of 26 and 15 yards for the Gamecocks, who improved to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in the SEC.
"I tried to keep an even keel through the whole game," said Garcia.
Alabama was on a 19 game winning streak as the team entered Williams-Brice stadium. South Carolina never trailed in the game, scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter, and one in the second, third, and fourth quarters. Marcus Lattimore finished with 93 rushing yards and caught Garcia's first scoring pass -- a 9-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Lattimore also scored the last touchdown to cap the USC victory.
"I'm still dreaming it right now," Lattimore said. "I don't think that it has really sunk in yet. But it is a big win for us. We had to work hard. All we had to do was complete our assignments. Fate definitely kicked in."
It was the USC offense that out played Alabama's defense. Alabama head coach Nick Saban says his team didn't play up their standards.
South Carolina moved up nine slots, to ninth in the country, in the AP poll after the win. The Gamecocks return to action next Saturday when they travel to Lexington to take on the University of Kentucky Wildcats.