By: Madison Tucker
South Carolina is coming off their bye week, and had to gear up to take on the Arkansas Razorbacks at home in Columbia, SC. Even though South Carolina played strong against Tennessee, the game against Arkansas was the first one this season that the Gamecocks had to play without their star – Marcus Lattimore.
The team put up a banner to honor Lattimore’s career touchdown record, and Lattimore thanked his fans with a recorded message promising he will work hard to get back on the field. At half time, the South Carolina marching band also honored him by spelling out “We (heart) 21.” Lattimore is expected to make a return for the 2014 season.
With emotions high, South Carolina started the game with Adam Yates’ kickoff for a 65-yard touchback. Arkansas seemed to be able to move the ball down field, but had two penalties called that lost them 15 yards in the first quarter.
Arkansas then gave South Carolina the ball back, and Connor Shaw took control for the Gamecocks’ attempt to move the ball down field. With 3:49 left to play in the first quarter, Connor Shaw passed to Jerell Adams for a 29-yard touchdown. Arkansas then to get the ball back and quickly moved it down field. The Gamecocks were able to hold them for a little while, but Tyler Wilson passed to Keon Hatcher for a six-yard touchdown.
Arkansas racked up two more penalties, for a loss of 19 yards. Connor Shaw was able to turn the miscues into a 10-yard touchdown. Arkansas, however, showed that they came to play, and set up Zach Hocker for a 20-yard field goal. But, going into half time, the score was still in South Carolina’s favor, 21-10.
The second half was all South Carolina. The Gamecocks took a big lead, while Arkansas only managed to score twice in the half. Even though the Razorbacks played strong, South Carolina showed why they were once ranked No. 3 in the nation. By the end of the game, the Gamecocks had a 38-20 lead, but the real story was running for more than 100 yards.
The Gamecocks ended with 104 yards rushing, and were glad for it, because if they were able to run for more than 100 yards, all the fans got a free hamburger. Coach Steve Spurrier was quoted as saying; “Everybody got their free hamburger?” “We were worried about that.”
Next, the Gamecocks take on Wofford at home. This will be the last home game of the season, and get them ready to go up against Clemson. The game will be at 1 p.m. EST on November 17, and we will see if the Gamecocks can finish the season strong at home.