Garnet Defeats Black in USC Spring Game, 21-17

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Video: Coach Spurrier Speaks After Garnet and Black Game

  • Coach Steve Spurrier coaches at the Garnet and Black Spring Game on April 9, 2011.
  • Officials unveiled the banner celebrating USC's SEC Eastern Division championship.
  • Connor Shaw
  • Marcus Lattimore performs in the 2010 SEC Championship in Atlanta. (Getty Images)

Columbia, SC (WLTX) -- University of South Carolina football's annual Garnet and Black game wrapped up with the Garnet Team edging out the Black Team, 21-17.

The action kicked off at about 1 p.m., with Head Football Coach Steve Spurrier ushering in his seventh season coaching the Gamecocks.

Quarterbacks Dylan Thompson and Andrew Clifford led the Garnet team to victory over Black Team quarterbacks Connor Shaw and Seth Strickland. Shaw, a sophomore from Flowery Branch, GA, is expected to start for the Gamecocks in September.

Shaw was 17 for 27 for the day, earning 176 yards, and one touchdown.

Junior safety Devonte Holloman returned an interception 43 yards for a pick six. Despite four total interceptions, Defensive Coordinator Ellis Johnson said his defense has a "long way to go."

Sophomore running back Marcus Lattimore only carried the ball three times during the spring game, but he had a 6.3 yard average for the Black Team. Redshirt junior running back Kenny Miles, who played for the Garnet Team, had 43 yards and a touchdown from six carries.

DeAngelo Smith, who wore No. 6 for the Garnet Team, scored all of his team's points with three touchdown receptions. Smith, who usually wears No. 19, was considered the breakout star of the game.

At halftime, Spurrier gave awards to some of his players, including Lattimore's Freshman Player of the Year Award. Also, officials unveiled the banner celebrating USC's 2010 SEC East Division championship.

Redshirt senior quarterback Stephen Garcia, who was suspended indefinitely from the team, was reportedly in Tampa, Florida, during the game. After the game, Spurrier said he hopes Garcia does the right thing and decides to graduate in May.

After the game, USC held its first Fan Fest, a family event that featured sports-themed games, activities for kids, and live music from local band Tokyo Joe.

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