Live blog from Gamecocks-Gators

Greetings from Gainesville, Fla., where South Carolina is playing for its first SEC East title.


To do so, the Gamecocks will have to beat the Florida Gators at The Swamp.

Weather is beautiful, and the temperature is starting to drop as the sun has set.

Gamecocks are on the field warming up, and Florida has just gone through its "Gator Walk" before thousands of blue-clad fans. Man, that was loud.

Check back periodically and scroll to the bottom for the latest updates.

If you have any questions, fire them this way.

7:05 UPDATE:

South Carolina RB Marcus Lattimore looks just fine. I went down on the field with Scott Michaux, our columnist, and he appeared to be OK as he caught passes.

The Swamp deserves its reputation for being loud. Game hasn't even started and the noise is up there. Open-air press box makes you feel the noise even more.

Go Gators is pretty dang loud.


Well, that didn't take long. Florida's Andre Debose ran back the opening kickoff 99 yards, and Florida leads 7-0.

Gamecocks are moving the ball on their first possession.


South Carolina is running the ball, which bodes well for their chances tonight.

Lattimore has ripped off several big runs, and Stephen Garcia has also made good decisions won when to keep it.

At the end of first quarter, SC leads 9-7. After allowing big kickoff return, Gamecocks have pretty much neutralized Gator crowd. Vocal contingent of garnet-and-black clad fans are here.

8:30 UPDATE:

Spencer Lanning can't make an extra point, but he has two field goals of 49 and 47 yards. South Carolina leads 12-7.

Gamecocks are dominating offensive stats. Lattimore is having huge night.

Can South Carolina make it to Atlanta?

8:45 UPDATE:

South Carolina 15, Florida 7, halftime.

Easily the best half of football since it knocked off No. 1 Alabama on Oct. 9.

Gamecocks moving ball at will, and only a blemish on opening kickoff has kept this from being total domination.

Lanning added a 41-yard field goal at the end of second quarter, but it was Lattimore's great run on a screen pass that gave him the opportunity.

South Carolina is 30 minutes away from SEC title game.

9:45 UPDATE:

South Carolina is 15 minutes away from history, and the Gamecocks can taste it.

With a 22-7 lead and first and goal at the 10, things are looking good for South Carolina's first SEC East title.

I'm thinking about famous sports calls, for some odd reason.

"Do you believe in miracles? Yes." - Al Michaels, 1980, U.S. hockey team win over Russia

"This is going to be a home run." - Jack Buck, 1988, Kirk Gibson's home run.

"The Giants win the pennant, the Giants win the pennant." - Russ Hodges, 1951, when New York beat Brooklyn for pennant

10:15 UPDATE:

Florida scores, and cuts South Carolina's lead to 29-14. It's finger-biting time for Gamecock fans but they've got the ball and time on their side.

Stadium has lots of empty seats. Will Florida faithful have something to cheer, or will Gamecocks crush their hopes?



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