It wasn’t 1984, but it was definitely too close for comfort for 10th ranked USC Saturday night against Navy. The Gamecocks scored a touchdown with 5:40 left in game and the defense made two key stops late to help Carolina survive a scare from the Midshipmen and pick up a 24-21 win at Williams-Brice Stadium.
The Gamecocks used a heavy dose of Marcus Lattimore to get the job done against the Mids. I mean a really, really heavy dose. The sophomore running back out of Byrnes high school carried the ball 37 times for a career high 246 yards and three touchdowns. Following the game Steve Spurrier said the best way to win the game was to hand it to Lattimore and let him go to work.
The Head Ball Coach was not upset with his team following the game. While conceding they had a lot to work on Spurrier said he was proud of his team for making the plays it needed in the fourth quarter to win the game. Last year his team didn’t have any fourth quarter comebacks and now his team has done it twice in a row.
“We’ve won a couple by three points and that’s good for us, that real good, I like that,” Spurrier said. “I’ve lost enough three pointers in my day to come in here sobbing and crying and I’m happy right now.”
USC is 3-0 and will face Vanderilt next weekend in Columbia. Vandy is 3-0 after a 30-7 win over Ole Miss Saturday.
- Alshon Jeffery didn’t start because of a violation of team rules. Spurrier said it was minor but enough to keep him out the first few plays.
- Defensive lineman Kelcy Quarles did not dress tonight because of a concussion.
- Spurrier said offensive lineman Brandon Shell will redshirt