Take that, Tigers
South Carolina kicker and captain Spencer Lanning does not expect the Gamecocks to suffer the same fate Clemson did last year. The Tigers lost 34-17 to South Carolina, and some later said because the Tigers were one week away from playing for the ACC championship was a factor.
“We are going to have our head on straight,” Lanning said. “They came in a little full of themselves. They were in the same position we were except I think we want it. We are going to come out and be ready to play ball.”
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South Carolina has never played in the SEC title game, but coach Steve Spurrier led Florida to the title game seven times. The Gamecocks coach is something of a history buff, but he probably does not like this bit of history: In the Gators’ games against Florida State preceding an appearance in the SEC title game, Spurrier was 1-5-1.
More Marcus records
Freshman running back Marcus Lattimore continues to add to his resume. Last week, he surpassed 1,000 yards and set the school record for touchdowns in a season. This week, he can break the SEC’s freshman scoring record with two touchdowns. Former Tennessee rushing back Reggie Cobb set the record in 1987. Lattimore needs six more touchdowns to break the SEC’s single-season touchdowns record of 24 set by Shaun Alexander in 1999.
South Carolina has five defensive touchdowns, the most since it joined the SEC in 1992. The Gamecocks returned two interceptions for touchdowns against Troy last week. “Those things kind of light a spark in players,” assistant head coach for defense Ellis Johnson said. “It causes them to look for more and think they can cause more, and I hope that will continue.”
Clemson quarterback Kyle Parker has thrown nine interceptions this season.
With one more victory, South Carolina’s seniors will become the winningest class in school history. The Gamecocks have won 28 games in the past four seasons. This season is the first time South Carolina has won seven or more games in three consecutive seasons.