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Triumphant Comeback Lands Just Short for Gamecocks

Discussion in 'Thread Archive' started by tothevictors56, Sep 13, 2012.

  1. tothevictors56

    tothevictors56 Walk On

    Jul 31, 2012

    The University of South Carolina knew this game was a must have for them to have a chance at a BCS bowl opportunity. Unfortunately it took them to the second half to start playing like it.

    The undefeated Volunteers started off hot as a pistol with an opening drive that ended with a crisp 7 yard touchdown to Zach Rogers in the middle of the field. It didn't stop there as their very next drive was capped off on a TD run from Sophomore sensation Marlin Lane.

    After the Gamecocks started to gain some momentum at the end of the half, they still found themselves punting at midfield but landing Tennessee on their own 1. The next play will go down as one of the longest plays in NCAA history as they max protected for a fade ball to Da'Rick Rogers along the sideline and he did the rest from there taking the score into half at 23-3.

    The next quarter would change the landscape of the game and almost the entire SEC conference. Fueled by a almost unstoppable option attack, Conner Shaw orchestrated perfectly run drives back-to-back-to-back while the defense held up on their end. Shaw and Lattimore accounted for three touchdowns in the third to bring them on top 24-23 heading in to the final quarter.

    Volunteer fans were realizing the momentum had completely shifted and RB Marlin Lane was taken from the game with a mild concussion. But for the second straight week, backup back Raijon Neal came in and looked completely uncontainable taking the rock 3 times on the drive for 30 yards including the go-ahead 20 yard TD run mid-way through the fourth.

    The Gamecocks would once again put together two more long drives into Volunteer territory with the first ending with a big Conner Shaw fumble on third down and the final drive ending with a sack as time expired. The Volunteers escaped for the third straight week with a close win 31-24 and will get a week off from SEC scheduling as they travel to take on the Golden Hurricanes of Tulsa (5-3). South Carolina will try to salvage this season at home against BIG East foe Pittsburgh and work their way back to the top 25.

    Key Stats

    Total Yards:
    Tenn:378 S. Car: 396
    Tenn: 7 sacks S.Car: 0

    Tyler Bray- 10/19 245YDS 2TD 3CAR 33YDS
    Marlin Lane- 15CAR 66YDS TD
    Raijon Neal- 3CAR 30YDS TD
    Da'Rick Rogers- 1REC 99 YDS TD
    Justin Hunter- 4REC 55YDS

    South Carolina:
    Conner Shaw- 19/30 325YDS TD 15CAR 21YDS TD
    Marcus Lattimore- 12CAR 46YDS TD 3REC 54YDS TD
    Shaq Roland- 5REC 73YDS

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