Gamecock Season Recap

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By Kyle Dauberman

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WOLO) -- Now that the 2012 college football season is in the books here is a quick look back at the season for the Gamecocks.

In the first game of the season Carolina had a close 17-13 win over a Vanderbilt team that ended the season 9-4 (5-3 SEC) and in the top 25. Marcus Lattimore had the last score with 11 minuets left in the game to pull ahead of the Commodores for the last time and finished the game with 23 carries for 110 yards and two touchdowns.

The next two weeks the Gamecocks cruised to two wins over Conference USA opponents 48-10 over ECU and 49-6 over UAB to start the season 3-0.

In weeks 4 and 5 of the season the Gamecocks got two dominating wins over SEC opponents, the first against a new member of the SEC, a 31-10 win over Missouri and then a 38-17 win over Kentucky. These two wins go the team off to a 5-0 (3-0 SEC) start to the season.

The following week ESPN College Gameday was in Columbia for the Georgia Game. The Gamecocks got an impressive 35-7 over the 5th ranked Bulldogs. This win propelled Carolina into national contention. Connor Shaw was 6 for 10 for 162 yards and 2 touchdowns to go along with 14 carries for 78 and a touchdown.

The next two weeks were disappointing for Gamecock fans with losses at LSU and at Florida. The team lost a close one in Louisiana 23-21 but the following week was a bad 44-11 loss in the Swamp after losing two fumbles in the first half.

The following week the game was won but there was a bigger loss felt by the team and fans. The Gamecocks had a tough 38-35 win over Tennessee where Jadeveon Clowney made a game saving tackle and forced fumble late in the fourth quarter and Vic Hampton made an interception in the final seconds off a Tyler Bray hail mary pass. The bigger loss was Marcus Lattimore's devastating knee injury that eneded the college career of one of Carolina's greats.

The following week the Gamecocks beat Arkansas for the first team in four years 38-20.

In the second to last week of the regular season the Gamecocks beat FCS Wofford 24-7.

The last week of the regular season the Gamecocks beat rival Clemson 27-17 behind a 4.5 sack game by Clowney and an impressive start by Dylan Thompson. Thompson threw for 310 yards and 3 touchdowns on 23 of 41 attempts.

The Gamecocks finished off the season with that wild 33-28 win against Michigan that gave us that hist heard around the world by Jadeveon Clowney after the unofficial first down call.

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