South Carolina loses Marcus Lattimore but beats Tennessee

South Carolina 38, Tennessee 35

Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 3:49 PM
Last updated Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012 1:10 AM
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COLUMBIA — With a white towel draped over his face, Marcus Lattimore brought his hands up and cried. Not again.

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South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore is helped to the medical vehicle Saturday after suffering a right knee injury.  TRAVIS BELL/SIDELINE CAROLINA
TRAVIS BELL/SIDELINE CAROLINA
South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore is helped to the medical vehicle Saturday after suffering a right knee injury.

Some fans chanted his name to give encouragement, but Williams-Brice Stadium was mostly in stunned silence.

No. 17 South Carolina would get a 38-35 victory over Tennessee behind a career day from Connor Shaw and huge stops late by the defense, but it came at a high cost. Lattimore sustained a serious knee injury for the second year in a row. He is out indefinitely.

“Good things are going to happen for Marcus,” South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier said. “I don’t know exactly where or how, but good things are going to happen for Marcus Lattimore … Hopefully he’ll be back. Maybe he’ll be back next year. Maybe it won’t be quite as severe as it appeared on the field out there.”

The injury occurred when two Volunteers tackled Lattimore and a helmet made contact with the back’s knee. He knew something was wrong right away, as he immediately grabbed his right knee after the play ended.

Lattimore was eventually helped to the cart as both teams walked out onto the field to show support. The running back previously tore his anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee against Mississippi State on Oct. 15, 2011. Lattimore missed the rest of the season.

Saturday’s injury happened on Lattimore’s first carry after a 28-yard touchdown run that was vintage Lattimore, where he used a cut to find the end zone in the second quarter. It was his 41st career touchdown.

After losing on the road to Louisiana State University and Florida in consecutive weeks, South Carolina returned home ready to feel good again.

Though the Gamecocks lost Lattimore, they did end the slide. Shaw threw for a career-high 356 yards and three touchdowns. He also added a rushing touchdown as South Carolina (7-2, 5-2 Southeastern Conference) never trailed.

Shaw completed 22 of 32 passes, with a fourth-down interception the only blemish.

The Gamecocks went ahead by two scores four times, only to see Tennessee rally. Tennessee quarterback Tyler Bray threw for 368 yards and four touchdowns.

But when South Carolina needed it most, Jadeveon Clowney came through with a big play. Tennessee had a first down at the South Carolina 19 with a little more than a minute to play when Clowney forced a Bray fumble, recovered by Shaq Wilson.

“I knew they were going to go five wide to attempt to get the ball down the field, so I just had to get off the ball full speed,” Clowney said.

The Volunteers (3-5, 0-5) got the ball back with 36 seconds left at their 16, but Victor Hampton secured the win with an interception.

Tennessee, which had 472 yards of total offense, turned it over on its last two possessions.

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Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/27/12 - 06:53 pm
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There's one camera shot of

There's one camera shot of Lattimore's injury that shows the lower leg flopping to the side in a horrendous way. The photo above also shows the lower leg turned abnormally. That young man deserves all of our prayers. It was a very classy move by the Tenn players to go over and show their respect to Lattimore.

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crackertroy 10/27/12 - 09:28 pm
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Please remove the injury of
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Please remove the injury of Latimore from the front page. The young man deserves more dignity to be shown to him

YeCats
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YeCats 10/27/12 - 10:02 pm
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God bless Lattimore. He as

God bless Lattimore. He as beaten us like a rented mule, I wish him a full recovery. Excellent RB!

Grandpa Jones
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Grandpa Jones 10/28/12 - 12:29 am
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For a player who gave 110

For a player who gave 110 percent to the Gamecocks, hated that he got injured, again. Hopefully, he can recover, physically and psychologically, and move on to the next level in his playing career.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 10/28/12 - 07:30 am
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Great back

With his ability and desire, he'll be back again.

rmwhitley
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rmwhitley 10/28/12 - 08:15 am
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If ever there
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was a need for all of the U.S.C. alumni to come to the aid of anyone, Mr. Lattimore comes to mind. This fine young man will need your help after football.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/28/12 - 08:43 am
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JTF, there are many backs in

JTF, there are many backs in the NFL who have had both knees repaired. Let's hope Marcus can do that. But that was a horrendous looking injury.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 10/28/12 - 08:47 am
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River

I would imagine this means he stays @SC another year. It probably killed his draft chances.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/28/12 - 10:21 am
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JTF, that crossed my

JTF, that crossed my mind...about staying at USC that is. Seriously, if I were him, I wouldn't play anymore football, rehab, and see what happens with the draft.

I always take up for athletes. See how their multi-million dollar careers can end with an injury. If Marcus had simply quit football after his freshman year, he would have been tens of millions richer next year. Sad.

Riverman1
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Riverman1 10/28/12 - 11:10 am
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I'm interested in his injury

I'm interested in his injury reports after those views we had. I feel soooo sorry for him.

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