Stephen Garcia to Start Against Georgia

12:35 AM, Sep 4, 2011   |    comments
Stephen Garcia passes against East Carolina on Sept. 3, 2011. (Getty Images)
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Charlotte, NC (WLTX) - USC quarterback Stephen Garcia will get the start versus Georgia, Head Coach Steve Spurrier confirmed.

Spurrier made the announcement minutes after USC's 56-37 win over the East Carolina Pirates. More: USC Shakes Off Bad Start, Blows Out ECU

Garcia was 7 of 15 passing for 110 yards, and ran five times for 56 yards, including two touchdowns. One of his runs was a 32-yard score, the longest run from scrimmage in his career at South Carolina.

"Stephen took care of the ball very well," Spurrier said. "He's got every opportunity to be the starting quarterback and we'll go from there."

Garcia came in during the second quarter after his team was down 17-0. Sophomore Conner Shaw started the game, a decision Spurrier made based on Shaw's better play during practice.

"Conner had some tough luck out there," Spurrier said. "He was just on the bad end of some things."

While Garcia seem to give the team a jolt with his presence, he was demure about his performance afterward.

"Decent," he said of his game. "There's a few plays I wish I could have had back...I was just playing the way I know how to play."

Garcia will now lead his team into Athens against a Georgia squad that's coming off a humbling loss to Boise State. The Bulldogs lost 35-21 in a game where they were manhandled on both sides of the ball.

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