COLUMBIA — With starting quarterback Connor Shaw out with a shoulder injury, Saturday figured to be a busy day for South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore.
But with South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier unleashing an aerial attack led by backup Dylan Thompson, Lattimore was reduced to a secondary role in the 48-10 win against East Carolina.
Lattimore rushed 13 times for 40 yards and scored one touchdown. But the 6-yard run early in the first quarter was a significant score as his 33rd career touchdown tied him for first place in career touchdowns by the Gamecocks.
Lattimore joins fellow running back George Rogers, who won the 1980 Heisman Trophy, and Harold Green at the top. The big difference is that Lattimore is only a junior and still has the rest of this season and next year, if he returns, to break it.
Spurrier, who is well known for his love of the forward pass, said East Carolina was “tough on the run.”
“We were getting a lot of yards per pass attempt and weren’t getting much in run attempts,” he said. “I like when the line coach says keep throwing.”
PANTHER TO PIRATE: Former Lakeside star Kyle Tudor continued his stellar play early this season.
The junior inside linebacker for East Carolina racked up five tackles in the loss to South Carolina. He had four unassisted and one assist Saturday in his second consecutive start.
A week earlier, in a 35-13 win over Appalachian State, Tudor led the Pirates with 11 tackles. Four of those were solo.
BIG SCREEN: South Carolina unveiled a new addition to Williams-Brice Stadium: a state-of-the-art video board.
The structure sits atop the north end zone over the Floyd Football Building. It measures 36 feet by 124 feet and cost $6.5 million to build. It is the third largest video board in the Southeastern Conference.