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Gamecocks win first ever SEC division title

Coach Spurrier is carried off Florida Field Coach Spurrier is carried off Florida Field
Fans welcome the Gamecocks home early Sunday morning (Source: USC Athletics) Fans welcome the Gamecocks home early Sunday morning (Source: USC Athletics)
Fans welcome the Gamecocks home early Sunday morning (Source: USC Athletics) Fans welcome the Gamecocks home early Sunday morning (Source: USC Athletics)
Fans welcome the Gamecocks home early Sunday morning (Source: USC Athletics) Fans welcome the Gamecocks home early Sunday morning (Source: USC Athletics)

GAINESVILLE, FL (WIS) - The 22nd ranked South Carolina Gamecocks beat No. 24 Florida 36-14 in the Swamp to clinch their first ever SEC East title.

Things didn't start off very well for South Carolina. Andre Dubois returned the opening kick for a touchdown that put the Gamecocks down 7-0.

The Gamecocks scored 15 unanswered points starting with a 49-yard Spencer Lanning field goal and then a Marcus Lattimore rushing touchdown. 

Lattimore's score was his 14th rushing touchdown of the year which breaks Sidney Rice's record of 13 touchdowns scored by a freshman.

Lanning added field goals of 47-yards and 41-yards in the second quarter to give the Gamecocks a 15-7 lead heading into the 3rd quarter.

South Carolina extended their lead in the third with a 21-yard touchdown run by Marcus Lattimore.

That was followed early in the fourth with a jump over the line of scrimmage by Stephen Garcia early in the fourth.  Gamecocks  took a 29-7 lead at this point after Spencer Lanning finished the drive with a PAT.

Florida closed the gap in the fourth with a 26-yard pass from Jordan Reed to Chris Rainey for a touchdown.

When all was said and done, Marcus Lattimore finished the night with 41 carries for 207 yards and 3 touchdowns. 

For the first time ever the ball coach got carried off of Florida Field in Garnet and Black, after beating his alma mater, 36-14.  At the end of the ESPN broadcast, Spurrier told reporter Holly Rowe, "God smiled on the Gamecocks."

The Gamecocks won for only the second time in 19 games against the Gators.  The win marks the first time South Carolina has ever won in Spurrier's old stomping grounds.

Next week, the Gamecocks face Troy at home. Then comes a trip to Clemson for the annual rivalry game. 

For ticket information for the December 4th showdown with Auburn in Atlanta click here.

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