Officials miss a pass interference call on 4th down against Vanderbilt WR Jordan Matthews late. South Carolina wins 17-13. Let the SEC conspiracy theories begin and it’s August. Ugh.

A gritty performance by a banged up Connor Shaw and Marcus Lattimore’s 109 rushing yards and 2 TDs led the 9th-ranked Gamecocks past the Commodores. Shaw showed tremendous toughness fighting through a significant injury on his throwing shoulder.

Vanderbilt was aiming for its first win over a top 10 team since 2007 when it upset the Gamecocks in Columbia, S.C.

A few takeaways:

  • Shaw’s a tough, gritty player, but if they keep using him like that, he won’t make it through the season.
  • Lattimore lacked confidence and burst off his knee and still ran for 100+ yards. Once he gets his confidence back, he’ll be very good again.
  • The Gamecocks will miss Alshon Jeffery stretching out opposing defenses — doesn’t look like there’s a replacement for him.
  • Ellis Johnson was a very underrated DC — we’ll be interested to see how they fair without him.
  • Vandy had plenty of opportunities, but the game made a change when James Franklin elected to try the 51-yard FG in the second half. His kicker made two earlier tries, but was limited on distance.
  • The game squeezed down to a handful of plays afterwards and there was no guarantee Vandy would have scored after the missed pass interference call.