Gamecock Notes and Quotes - 10/27

Here is a rundown of some notes and quotes from South Carolina's 38-35 victory over Tennessee. The Gamecocks improved their record on the year to 7-2 and their SEC record to 5-2 in the conference.

Notes


-The Gamecocks now own a home winning streak of nine games and are 4-0 at home this season.

-The Gamecocks posted their third-straight win against Tennessee.

-South Carolina now has seven or more wins in five-straight seasons for the first time ever.

-Captains for the Gamecocks are junior tailback Marcus Lattimore, senior free safety D.J. Swearinger, senior linebacker Shaq Wilson, senior center T.J. Johnson, and senior tight end Justice Cunningham.

Offense:

-Sophomore wide receiver Bruce Ellington scored on a 33-yard touchdown pass from junior quarterback Connor Shaw in the first quarter.

-Sophomore tight end Rory Anderson scored on a 26-yard touchdown pass from Shaw. His longest reception for a touchdown this season.

-Lattimore scored on a 28-yard touchdown run in the second quarter. His 41st career touchdown scored.

-Shaw ran in a one-yard touchdown in the second quarter, his second rushing touchdown of the season.

-A 24-yard touchdown pass from Shaw to junior wide receiver Ace Sanders in the third quarter marked a season high of three touchdown passes in a game for Shaw.

-Shaw had a career high of 356 passing yards this game. His previous high this season was 249 yards against Missouri and his previous career high was 311 yards against Kentucky in 2011.

-Shaw passed for 356 yards, the last time South Carolina had a player pass for over 350 yards was Stephen Garcia (355) at Vanderbilt in 2010.

-Three Gamecocks posted career highs in receiving yards: Justice Cunningham with 108 yards, Bruce Ellington with 101 yards and Ace Sanders with 79 yards.

-Cunningham and Ellington both had over 100 receiving yards. The first time South Carolina has had two receivers with 100-yards receiving since Alshon Jeffery and Tori Gurley at Vanderbilt in 2010.

-South Carolina had 23 complete passes, tying the season high for completions in a game.

Defense:

-The sack by sophomore defensive end Jadeveon Clowney in the fourth quarter caused a fumble, recovered by Shaq Wilson. Clowney now has 16.5 career sacks and 8.5 this season.

-The forced fumble for Clowney was his first in 2012 after five in 13 games last season.

-Senior safety D.J. Swearinger led the Gamecocks with 10 total tackles against Tennessee.

-Redshirt sophomore Victor Hampton picked up his first interception of the season that sealed the Gamecocks' 38-35 victory over Tennessee. The Gamecocks now have a total of 10 interceptions on the season.

Special Teams

-Adam Yates scored a 36-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.

-Redshirt sophomore punter Tyler Hull had five punts for 216 yards for an average of 43.2 yards per punt. His longest of the day was 51 yards and had one punt inside the 20.

Quotes:


Steve Spurrier?

Spurrier's opening statement:
I think it was good to win one like that. We figured they would come back. They're a very good passing team. They must have thrown for about 400 and something yards. It was good to hang in there. Tyler Hull hit a big punt and we covered it. Then we got a long ball picked to put it away. The guys played pretty well over all. We ran the ball decently. We had 500 yards. That's a lot for us, after not having many the last couple games. It was a game we had to throw the ball, and Connor (Shaw) threw the ball beautifully. We just barely missed about three long ones, two to Ace (Sanders), and Damiere (Byrd) had it in his hands and couldn't hold on or we would have had well over 500 yards passing. It was good to see Connor step in there and make the throws and not run all the time. He had to run a little bit. Good for him.

Jadeveon Clowney wins the game for us. Coach (Lorenzo) Ward and I had the same idea about the middle of the fourth quarter, let him rush from the inside. Sure enough, we put him on the inside, where that back did not double on him. I thought Tennessee would tell that back to wait on him inside, but he stayed on the outside. [Jadeveon] got two good pressures there at the end. I don't think we could have slowed them down much. That was the key to the ball game. He knocked it loose, and our guys fell on the fumble. It worked out, and we're a happy bunch of Gamecocks going into open date. Always more fun to win one when you've got a week you don't play. Plus, we haven't won one in a long time. It's good to get a victory. We look forward to taking this week off and recharging our batteries to get ready for Arkansas in two weeks.

Spurrier on Marcus Lattimore's injury:
Obviously Marcus has a severe knee injury. We'll let the doctors tell you exactly what all it is later on. He's such a good young man. Good things are going to happen for Marcus. I don't know exactly where or how, but good things are going to happen for Marcus Lattimore. He had a heck of a game going, too. A guy came knifing in there. The other guy hit him low. It is a very, very unfortunate thing that happened to Marcus. We'll all pray for him. Hopefully he'll be back. Maybe he'll be back next year. Maybe it won't be quite as severe as it appeared on the field out there.

Spurrier on the team's focus after the injury:
I think all of our players understand that no matter what happens you have to move on. You can't sit around and mope. At halftime, I said the best thing we can do is win this ball game and give the game ball to Marcus, which we did.

Connor Shaw

Shaw on Lattimore's injury:
I knew when I saw it his knee was kind of facing the other way and he was holding it; he just couldn't get his feet off the ground. I really feel like we rallied around him, there were a lot of guys including Tennessee players. If there's anybody who can overcome this its Marcus.

Shaw on his career-high passing day:
I just felt like we took with the defense good, playing in the zone so we were able to hit some spots. Justice [Cunningham] had a great day and I think we had two receivers over 100 yards, and Ace [Sanders] was right there with them. The offensive line protected really well, I just feel like we played pretty solid on offense.

Jadeveon Clowney

Clowney on the strip sack of Tyler Bray:
I looked in the backfield to see if they'd have a back that was going to chip me. I was going to rush him and knock down to see if I could get to the quarterback. I knew they were going to go five wide to attempt to get the ball down the field, so I just had do get off the ball full speed.

Clowney on the his motivation the last few drives:
It was the team. It was a tight game, and I knew I needed to help the team. And I knew I the team needed a big play, so that's what I was trying to do.

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