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South Carolina falls 26-17 to Florida State in Chick-Fil-A Bowl

ATLANTA, GA (WIS)- South Carolina went for just their second bowl win under Steve Spurrier, but things didn't go so well for the Gamecocks in the beginning.

3 turnovers led to six points for the Seminoles early, and an early departure by running back Marcus Lattimore put Carolina in the hole early. Two FSU field goals by Dustin Hopkins had the 'Noles with an early 6-0 lead heading into the second.

Marcus Lattimore left the field late in the first quarter to be checked out by team doctors.

Lattimore was replaced by running back Brian Maddox. He finished the first half with just 39 yards rushing.

Florida State quarterback Christian Ponder also left the game early with an injury.

The Seminoles scored the first Touchdown with a Chris Thompson 27 yard run.  That made the score 13-0 with :68 seconds to go in the first half.

South Carolina's offense did get in gear late in the second and mustered a Spencer Lanning field goal to make the score 13-3 at the half.

 Turnovers were a continued problem through the night for South Carolina. USC had a total of five by the middle of the third, including a drive-killing fumble by Alshon Jeffery with about 8:00 in the third. But Stephon Gilmore created his own, with an interception inside the FSU 5.

That drive led to a pass from Ace Sanders to Stephen Garcia for South Carolina's first touchdown. That  made it 16-10 FSU with 3:43 in the third.

End of the third FSU Ahead 19-10 after another Dan Hopkins field goal.

Next drive, Brian Maddox scored from 7 yards out, courtesy of a very impressive block from Patrick Dimarco, South Carolina closed the gap to two 19-17 in the final period.

Florida State's Taiwan Easterling scored on a pass 7 yard pass from E. J. Manuel with 5:27 left to go  in the game, extending FSU's lead to 26-17.

WIS will have post game comments as soon as they are made available to us.

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