COLUMBIA, S.C. — Marcus Lattimore spoke to his South Carolina teammates from the heart on Friday night as they prepared to face Tennessee.
Don't take anything for granted, Lattimore urged the Gamecocks.
"Act like every play is your last play," defensive end Jadeveon Clowney said, recalling the junior tailback's words.
Now, those players hope Lattimore hasn't played his last game after a horrific knee injury that will likely end his season prematurely for a second straight year.
Coach Steve Spurrier gave few details on Lattimore's damaged right leg, which flopped to the turf like a rag doll's might after a hit in the second quarter of No. 17 South Carolina's 38-35 win over Tennessee on Saturday. Lattimore was taken to the hospital for further evaluation.
"He's going to do wonderful things," the coach said, while acknowledging, "I don't know what field of life." (See 7C for more details on the injury.)
Connor Shaw threw for three touchdowns and a career-high 356 yards. He also ran for another as the Gamecocks snapped a two-game losing streak. Lattimore had a 28-yard touchdown run, extending his school marks to 41 TDs overall and 38 rushing.
Tyler Bray drove Tennessee to the Gamecocks' 19 with 1:08 to go before Clowney forced a fumble to end the series. Tennessee forced a punt and got a final chance, but Victor Hampton intercepted Bray's long pass to seal the win. The Vols became the only SEC team besides Vanderbilt to start 0-5 in the league for three consecutive seasons.
"It's the same old song and dance on the SEC level," Dooley said. "We had a chance to win and they made a great play, got the ball out and turned it over. All you can is move on."
No. 1 Alabama ends Bulldogs' perfect run
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — AJ McCarron passed for 208 yards and two touchdowns and No. 1 Alabama reached the end zone on its first three possessions in a 38-7 victory over No. 13 Mississippi State.
The Crimson Tide turned the meeting of unbeaten SEC West teams into a mismatch, rolling toward a national title game rematch at No. 6 LSU. The Bulldogs came in averaging 36.7 points a game but didn't score until the final minutes.
They had led the nation in turnover margin but lost two fumbles and an interception.
McCarron was 16-of-23 before sitting out the fourth quarter. He headed to the locker room briefly early in the quarter briefly but returned to the sideline.
The Tide has won the past five meetings.
NO. 22 A&M 63, AUBURN 21: Johnny Manziel ran for three touchdowns and passed for two more — all in a little more than a half — and the visiting Aggies heaped more misery on the Tigers. On eight possessions led by Manziel, Texas A&M had seven touchdowns. The only non-scoring drive run by the freshman nicknamed "Johnny Football" ended with a missed 48-yard field goal by Taylor Bertolet on the final play of the first half. Manziel passed for 260 yards and rushed for 90. At 1-7 Auburn, which has lost five straight, is off to its worst start since also going 1-7 in 1952.
MISSOURI 33, KENTUCKY 10: The host Tigers got touchdowns off all three of Kentucky's lost fumbles and banged-up quarterback James Franklin presided over a strong finish in a reserve role as Mizzou finally won in its debut SEC season. Starter Corbin Berkstresser was intercepted on consecutive passes by freshman cornerback J.D. Harmon to start the second half before Franklin, who missed most of the previous two games with a left knee strain, stepped in. Coach Gary Pinkel said Franklin went in with "great restrictions" to run an offense that kept it basic.
MISSISSIPPI 30, ARK. 27: Bryson Rose kicked a 31-yard field goal as time expired to give the visiting Rebels their second straight victory. Last week Ole Miss snapped a 16-game league losing streak by defeating Auburn. "I'm thrilled," first-year Rebels coach Hugh Freeze said. "…Our team grew up today, won on the road in this tough conference, against a very good football team." Sophomore quarterback Bo Wallace accounted for 316 yards of total offense including 278 passing.