S. Carolina rides bruising RB

Gamecocks running back Marcus Lattimore smashes through for a 6-yard score in the first quarter.

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Gamecocks running back Marcus Lattimore smashes through for a 6-yard score in the first quarter.

COLUMBIA, S.C. — Marcus Lattimore ran for more yards against Navy than South Carolina Heisman Trophy winner George Rogers ran for in any one game during his career.

The No. 10 Gamecocks needed about every one of Lattimore's career-high 246 yards to hold off the Midshipmen 24-21 on Saturday.

The sophomore carried 37 times and averaged 6.6 yards a run. South Carolina ran 37 plays in the second half, and Lattimore touched the ball on 26 of them.

Quarterback Stephen Garcia, a former Jefferson High standout who finished 18-for-25 for 204 yards, threw an interception on the Gamecocks' first possession of the third quarter.

"We figured the best way to try to win the game was to just hand it to (Lattimore) and keep blocking," coach Steve Spurrier said.

Rogers' best day ever for South Carolina was 237 yards in 1978 against Wake Forest.

Navy stopped Lattimore for a loss just once.

"I feel good right now," he said. "It don't hit you until about 9 o'clock in the morning."

The game Midshipmen ran their option for 274 yards. "Our guys are heartbroken right now," coach Ken Niumatalolo said.

Georgia, Murray roll

ATHENS, Ga. — Georgia's largest margin of victory in 17 years gave the Bulldogs a needed lift after losses to two ranked teams.

Former Plant High standout Aaron Murray passed for three touchdowns and ran for a score, all in the first half, and Georgia routed Coastal Carolina 59-0.

It was Georgia's most lopsided win since beating Northeast Louisiana 70-6 in 1994.

Murray, who played only one series in the second half, went 18-of-26 for 188 yards with no interceptions.

"I think we're ready to get back into SEC play and get going again," Murray said.

No. 2 Alabama 41, N. Texas 0: Trent Richardson and Eddie Lacy each had two long touchdown runs and career rushing highs as the Crimson Tide defense smothered the visiting Mean Green.

Richardson scored three times, including a 58-yarder and a career-long 71-yarder, and had most of his 167 yards on those plays. Lacy scored on runs of 43 and 67 yards and gained 161. They are the first Tide duo to top 150 yards in the same game.

Alabama recorded its first shutout since a 45-0 victory over Chattanooga on Nov. 21, 2009.

No. 14 Arkansas 38, Troy 28: Ronnie Wingo rushed for a career-high 110 yards and scored three touchdowns for the host Razorbacks, who just outgained the Trojans 457-454 in total offense. Wingo had TD runs of 22 and 21 yards, and also caught a 6-yard touchdown pass. Arkansas led 31-7 in the third quarter before quarterback Corey Robinson (36-for-63 for 373 yards) led the Trojans on back-to-back TD drives.

Vandy 30, Ole Miss 7: Larry Smith ran for a touchdown and Trey Wilson returned one of his two interceptions for a 52-yard score as the host Commodores scored 21 straight in the second quarter. It marked Vandy's biggest margin of victory in an SEC game since beating Mississippi State 49-19 in 1971. The Commodores picked off five passes and outgained the Rebels 387-234.

Louisville 24, Kentucky 17: Teddy Bridgewater threw two touchdowns as the Cardinals held off the host Wildcats to end a four-game skid against their instate rival. Bridgewater took over early in the second quarter after Will Stein left with a shoulder injury, and he threw a pair of 25-yard scoring passes to build a 24-10 lead.

No. 10 S.C. 24

Navy 21

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