How they scored
Score by quarters
South Carolina 0 7 7 ?7 — 21
LSU 3 0 7 13 — 23
LSU: Drew Alleman 23 field goal at 5:32. DRIVE: 16 plays, 69 yards, 7:47. KEY PLAYS: On thid-and-1, James Wright 2 pass from Zach Mettenberger. On third-and-4, Spencer Ware 27 pass from Mettenberger. On third-and-1, Ware 6 run. On third-and-1, Ware 3 run. On third-and-goal from the 2, Kenny Hilliard 1 run. On fourth-and-goal from the 1, false start penalty on Vadal Alexander. LSU 3, USC 0.
USC: Ace Sanders 2 pass from Connor Shaw at 14:54 (Adam Yates kick). DRIVE: 2-1-0:10. KEY PLAY: Jimmy Legree intercepts Mettenberger and returns 70 yards to the LSU 1. USC 7, LSU 3.
LSU: Jeremy Hill 7 run at 11:13 (Alleman kick). DRIVE: 9-69-3:36. KEY PLAYS: On third-and-4, Jarvis Landry 16 passfrom Mettenberger. Kenny Hilliard 17 run to USC 30. LSU 10, USC 7.
USC: Marcus Lattimore 2 run at 5:11 (Yates kick). DRIVE: 5-54-1:41. KEY PLAYS: Sanders’ 50-yard punt return gives USC good field position at its 46 though a personal foul penalty on T.J. Gurley pushed the ball back from the LSU 39. Shaw 17 run gets the drive started. Justice Cunningham 30 pass from Shaw puts the ball at the 2. USC 14, LSU 10.
LSU: Alleman 20-yard field goal at 10:17. DRIVE: 16-75-7:57. KEY PLAYS: Hill 19 run gets the drive started. On third-and-3, Ware 5 run. On third-and 6, Ware 7 run. Jarvis Landry 19 pass from Mettenberger. On third-and-goal at the 3, Mettenberger overthrows Nic Jacobs in the end zone. USC 14, LSU 13.
LSU: Alleman 22 field goal at 6:37. DRIVE: 5-17-2:36. KEY PLAYS: Eric Reid intercepts Shaw at the LSU 49 and returns to the USC 22. On third-and-5 from the 6, Hill is stopped for a 1-yard gain. LSU 16, USC 14.
LSU: Hill 50 run at 5:03 (Alleman kick). DRIVE: 1-50-0:12. KEY PLAY: The TD. LSU 23, USC 14.
USC: Bruce Ellington 1 pass from Shaw at 1:41 (Yates kick). DRIVE: 11-77-3:13. KEY PLAYS: Ellington 23 pass from Shaw to LSU 15. Jerell Adams 16 pass from Shaw to LSU 1. LSU 23, USC 21.
FINAL SCORE: LSU 23, USC 21.
RECORDS: LSU 6-1, 2-1 SEC. USC 6-1, 4-1.
ä LSU fans: This was the Tiger Stadium atmosphere that makes LSU a Death Valley. The fans were raucous more than 30 minutes before kickoff. And the noise was deafening when LSU got rolling. The fans were the 12th man that LSU wanted.
ä LSU offensive line: The Tigers finally found a combination on the offensive line with Josh Dworaczyk at left tackle, Trai Turner at right guard and Vidal Alexander at right tackle. LSU outgained S.C. 406-211. South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney, who many expected to terrorize LSU quarterback Zack Mettenberger, was a non factor.
ä LSU running back Jeremy Hill: A star was born with the running of Hill, a 6-foot-2, 235-pound freshman from Redemptorist, Hill rushed for 124 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries. Hill gave LSU stability at running back and the big play it had been lacking.
ä South Carolina: We’re not trying to be the fashion police, but someone should be arrested for dressing the team in those gray uniforms with gray tops and gray pants. Those are the ugliest uniforms in the Southeastern Conference. Not a good look.
ä LSU punter Brad Wing: Wing, who was on the preseason watch list for the Ray Guy Award, was inconsistent. He averaged 33.5 yards on four punts, which is 10 less than his average. He nailed a 56-yard punt, but even that turned out wrong, because he outkicked his coverage, resulting in a long punt return that created field position for a touchdown in the third quarter.
ä South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier: Here is the stat of the game: South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore only rushed for 35 yards and one touchdown on 13 carries. The Head Ball Coach out-thought himself and got pass happy in a big game.
Pierce W. Huff
By The Numbers
11-1 9 LSU on third down against South Carolina after going 1-for-13 last week at Florida.
18-1 LSU’s record under Les Miles after a loss, including a 7-0 record in home games following a road defeat.
22 LSU’s consecutive home winning streak, a school record and longest active streak in the nation.
258 Net yards rushing for LSU, most for the Tigers in an Southeastern Conference game this season.
Three and Out
What we learned
The LSU Tigers have guts, resiliency and enough talent, moxie and coaching to turn back a South Carolina team being lauded as one of the nation’s best. LSU came off the deck not only after last Saturday’s loss at Florida but from even more player injuries and issues, especially on the patchwork offensive line. The result was an almost 2-to-1 superiority in total offense (406-211) and 258 yards rushing.
Freshman running back Jeremy Hill. With Alfred Blue long gone and Spencer Ware in and out of the game with nausea, LSU needed a fresh approach to its running game. Enter Hill, the former Redemptorist tailback who rushed for 124 yards and both of the Tigers’ touchdowns on 17 carries. His 50-yard explosion with five minutes to go proved to be the game-winner and establishes Hill as an LSU back of the future — and present.
Staring down the barrel of a losing streak and the loss of most if not all of its preseason goals, the LSU Tigers responded with a remarkable performance against a hot and highly regarded South Carolina team. The win keeps LSU relevant in the BCS and SEC title chases at least for now. And by the way, LSU is bowl-eligible for a school-record 13th straight year.
LSU OFFENSIVE LINE
ä The Tigers used Josh Dworaczyk at left tackle, Trai Turner at right guard and Vidal Alexander at right tackle, and the result was stability after a lackluster performance against Florida in the previous game. LSU rushed for 258 yards on 53 carries against South Carolina. The Tigers only had 50 plays and gained 200 yards against Florida. LSU had one rushing first down against Florida. The Tigers had 15 rushing first downs against South Carolina.
ä It seems like the Tigers finally got the message this week — no dumb penalties. LSU only had five penalties for 29 yards, including one very questionable 15-yard personal foul penalty in the fourth quarter. LSU played the kind of smart football that Miles preaches.
ä The Tigers gave up a season-high 21 points, but seven of those points were set up when quarterback had an interception returned 70 yards by Jimmy Legree to the LSU 1-yard line. LSU held South Carolina to 34 yards on 25 carries. South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw completed 19 fo 34 passes for 177 yards and two touchdowns, but was intercepted twice. South Carolina averaged only 3.5 yards per play.
“Per @ScottRabalais, no Alex Hurst, no Josh Williford in uniform for #LSU. In the visitors’ locker room, Jadeveon Clowney giggles.”
@perrynkeys. Perryn Keys
is the Assistant Sports Editor at The Advocate.
“Twenty-some minutes till kickoff and the #LSU crowd already is bigger and louder than it was for Towson, but that’s not surprising.”
@LesEast. Les East is a sportswriter at The Advocate.
“Spencer Ware looks strong. Like the wildcat. Not sure South Carolina’s defense can take this pounding all night.” Saturday Down South
@SDS. Saturday Down South is a website that covers SEC football.
“Les Miles may wanna hire a voodoo priest or something, cause it’s amazing how every single break goes the other way. Talk about bad joojoo.”
Derek Ponamsky at DerekPonamsky. Ponamsky is
the publisher of BayouBengalsInsider.com.
“RT@CoachingBuzz: Steve Spurrier in the halftime interview: ‘I’ve been callin’ terrible plays.’
#LSU #SouthCarolina. Retweeted from Advocate sportswriter Scott Rabalais.
“Punt to Ace Sanders at your own risk. #SCARvsLSU.”
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show on ESPN.
“Gamecocks 0-3 in camo.”
@andyshain. Andy Shain is a reporter for The State, the newspaper in Columbia, S.C.
Pierce W. Huff