Notebook: Marcus Lattimore breaks record

Marcus Lattimore became South Carolina's all-time leader in touchdowns with his 34th touchdown in the second quarter of Saturday's 49-6 win over UAB. Also, Steve Spurrier recorded his 200th win and there were several more 'firsts' for Carolina players. Also, injury updates for Connor Shaw and Bruce Ellington

Marcus Lattimore made history in Saturday night's 49-6 win over UAB at Williams-Brice Stadium. Lattimore scored from two yards out late in the second quarter to break the school record for touchdowns in a career. The junior scored the 34th touchdown of his career, breaking the record held by George Rogers and Harold Green.

"That was neat for Marcus to get the most touchdowns," head coach Steve Spurrier said. "He got one and he's the career leader in touchdowns. He hasn't played but about two seasons. He's had a lot bigger games than tonight. He'll be ready when these big games start rolling around next week."

Connor Shaw completed a 20-yard pass to Bruce Ellington, standing in there and taking a blow that would knock him out of the game with a shoulder injury. Dylan Thompson came in, handed the ball off to Lattimore, and Lattimore pushed through the line and into the end zone for the record-breaking run.

"It's something that I found out a week ago and it's a big accomplishment. Just to be mentioned with George Rogers and Harold Green is crazy and I'm glad I broke it."

When Lattimore signed with South Carolina three years ago it was regarded as the best pick-up in school history, though now it falls behind Jadeveon Clowney. His career got off to a great start, picking up his first two touchdowns in the season-opening win over Southern Miss. He had a career-defining performance the following week against Georgia, rushing for 182 yards and two scores on 37 carries. He would score one touchdown against Furman and Auburn before rushing for two more in the huge win over then-#1 Alabama.

He was in the midst of a career-game against Kentucky in which he had two rushing touchdowns and one receiving touchdown in the first half before being injured on the first drive of the second half. He would miss the Vanderbilt game the following week before rushing for 148 yards and a score against Tennessee. He would rush for 212 on 40 carries, both career-highs, and three scores against Florida to clinch the SEC East.

For the season, Lattimore scored 19 touchdowns to break the school record set by Harold Green with 16. He was a unanimous choice as National Freshman of the Year as well as SEC Freshman of the Year.

Lattimore was well on his way to breaking the record in 2011 after scoring 11 times in seven games, but tore his ACL during the seventh game against Mississippi State.

"Around this time last year I was playing, but three weeks later I tore my knee up," Lattimore said. "All the hard work and dedication I put in just to get back on the field and to have a big accomplishment like that feels good."

Lattimore made his long-awaited return in the season opener against Vanderbilt and responded by running for 110 yards and a pair of scores. In last week's win over ECU, Lattimore tied the school record with a first-quarter touchdown, but struggled to just 40 yards on the game.

Lattimore struggled in the first half against UAB, running for just 29 yards and the score, but rushed for 56 yards in the third quarter, 43 on one carry, to finish with 85 yards and a score. Lattimore has now rushed for 2,250 yards in his career, moving him past Warren Muir for 11th in school history. He will look to break the all-time rushing touchdown record next week against Missouri, now tied with Green and Rogers with 31.

200 for Spurrier

Head coach Steve Spurrier won his 200th career game in the 49-6 win over UAB. Most of those wins came while head coach of the Florida Gators. He is now 200-75-2 as a college coach and is 58-35 at Carolina. He was 122-27-1 at Florida, leading the Gators to seven SEC Championships and on National Championship.

"I really don't know what to say about it," Spurrier said. "I have 47 others (professionally) so it sorts of blend in. I can assure you that the others were just as important as in college. They all sort of blend in. I'm hoping for 201 next week."

More firsts

There were several more firsts for South Carolina newcomers against UAB. Jerell Adams caught his first pass, a 33-yard gain in the fourth quarter. Shaq Roland caught his first touchdown pass, a 30-yard strike from Dylan Thompson in the fourth quarter.

"Shaq's a great player and got behind the defense and I was able to hit him," Thompson said.

Speedster Damiere Byrd caught his first touchdown pass, a 94-yard strike from Thompson in the third quarter. It was the longest pass of Thompson's career.

Other notes include Mike Davis carrying it four times for 84 yards, including a 50-yard run in the fourth quarter and his first career rushing touchdown.

"We saw it all preseason," Lattimore said of Davis. "He got his shot tonight. There's just more to come. Gamecock fans need to be excited about him."

Bruce Ellington had a career-high 98 yards receiving, including a 43-yard completion. Byrd had a career-high 94 yards receiving.

"I'm just out there running my routes and as a receiver I have to run my routes good because every time I look back I think the ball is coming to me," Ellington said. "Dylan did a great job of staying in the pocket and also Connor did a great job at throwing the ball."

Injury report

- Connor Shaw reinjured the shoulder he first injured against Vanderbilt. USC stated it's a shoulder contusion, but Shaw said in the post-game press conference that he cracked his shoulder blade against Vanderbilt.

- Reginald Bowens was injured on the first drive of the game and went out with the wind knocked out. He did return.

- Bruce Ellington sprained his shoulder on his last catch of the game. He did not play the rest of the game and will be reevaluated this week.

Notes

GENERAL

- Steve Spurrier now has 200 career wins as a collegiate head coach. He is the 71st coach in college football history to reach the milestone.

- South Carolina is now on a seven-game win streak, tying for the second-longest in school history.

- Coach Spurrier is now 46-0 against schools from outside the BCS automatic conferences, this includes a 20-0 mark since coming to South Carolina.

- The Gamecocks have now extended their regular season non-conference win streak to 14-straight games. Their last regular season non-conference loss came to Clemson in 2008.

- Today's captains for the Gamecocks were sophomore wide receiver, Bruce Ellington, senior linebacker Reginald Bowens, senior defensive tackle Byron Jerideau and senior wide receiver D.L. Moore.

OFFENSE

- In the second quarter, junior wide receiver Ace Sanders recorded his first receiving touchdown of the season.

- Junior quarterback Connor Shaw threw his first passing touchdown of the season in the second quarter to Sanders.

- A two-yard touchdown run by junior running back Marcus Lattimore in the second quarter marked the 34th of his career, which is the most in school history.

- Lattimore now has 31 rushing touchdowns, tying the career record held by George Rogers and Harold Green. Lattimore also became only the fifth player in school history to score over 200 career points with his touchdown vs. UAB.

- Sophomore quarterback Dylan Thompson scored his second-career rushing touchdown with a six-yard carry in the third quarter.

- A 94-yard touchdown reception by sophomore wide receiver Damiere Byrd in the third quarter marked his first career touchdown reception, and it was the fourth-longest pass play in school history. Below are the three-longest pass plays in school history:
99 yards, Dondrial Pinkins/Troy Williamson, vs. Virginia, 9/7/03 (touchdown scored)

98 yards, Dondrial Pinkins/Matthew Thomas, vs. Mississippi, 11/1/03 (touchdown scored)

97 yards, Todd Ellis/Robert Brooks, vs. East Carolina, 9/17/88 (touchdown scored)

- Freshman wide receiver Shaq Roland recorded his first-career touchdown on a 30-yard pass from Thompson in the fourth quarter.

- Freshman tailback Mike Davis posted his first-career touchdown on a three-yard run in the fourth quarter.

- South Carolina's 49 points against the Blazers marked the fifth-most points earned in a game during the Steve Spurrier era.

DEFENSE

- Senior free safety D.J. Swearinger returned a fumble by UAB's Jonathan Perry for a 65-yard touchdown in the first quarter. The last time South Carolina returned a fumble for a touchdown was when Melvin Ingram scored on a recovery Sept. 24, 2011, against Vanderbilt.

- Sophomore defensive end Jadeveon Clowney recorded seven tackles against the Blazers, the most he has had in a game since Sept. 3, 2011, against ECU.

- The Gamecocks tied for sixth place in fewest points allowed in the Steve Spurrier era, as the Blazers recorded just six points in the game.

- Through three games this season, the Gamecock defense has not allowed a touchdown to be scored from within the red zone, including three trips by UAB tonight.


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