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.
The head ball coach (yeah, click clack) takes his 9th-ranked Gamecocks into Vanderbilt Stadium to open the 2012 season this Thursday. Awaiting is James Franklin’s Vandy squad and a little bit of history.
The last time a ranked South Carolina football team played on a Thursday night in Nashville was 2008.
Spurrier brings a much better Gamecock team to Vanderbilt in two nights. However, an improved team resides in Nashville too.
Let’s all go to Tootsie’s.