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September 11, 2010

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: Gamecocks drop Dawgs

COLUMBIA, S.C. — South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier brought in Marcus Lattimore to run the ball.

Lattimore rushed for 182 yards and two touchdowns to lead the 24th-ranked Gamecocks (2-0, 1-0 Southeastern Conference) to a 17-6 victory Saturday.

The No. 22 Bulldogs (1-1, 0-1) played without star receiver A.J. Green, penalized four games by the NCAA for selling a game jersey for $1,000.

Lattimore carried 37 times in his first SEC game, punching in two 2-yard touchdowns and sealing things during a long, fourth-quarter field goal drive.

He pushed past the defensive line for his first 2-yard touchdown. Lattimore had two defenders on his back on his next score and dragged them into the end zone for a second 2-yard touchdown.

He also had yardage on South Carolina's final scoring drive, starting with a 16-yard run and carrying eight of 11 plays to seal the game with Spencer Lanning's 24-yard field goal.

It was a complete reversal from most games in the South Carolina-Georgia series. It’s usually a Bulldogs tailback who takes charge and the Gamecocks who play catch up.

This time, Georgia (1-1, 0-1) was outgained by more than 100 yards and held without a touchdown for the first time in three years since its last loss to South Carolina, 16-12, in 2007.

The Bulldogs’ best chance to tighten the game came in the third quarter when they drove to the South Carolina 3 while trailing 14-6. But Washuan Ealey fumbled and cornerback Stephon Gilmore recovered to end the threat.

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