City Sports Report

Columbia Is Alive And Well The Gamecocks Defeat #1 Crimson Tide by Aaron E. Smith

I am still in euphoria. Living in Columbia, South Carolina can be trying at times. All we have is our bars and our beloved University of South Carolina Gamecocks. Yesterday we had the NCAAF’s number 1 ranked Alabama Crimson Tide roll into the “Met”(what us homers call our city). We expected the usual crowd of out of towners, tailgaters, and die hard fans that only make their presence felt on game day.

The day started with ESPN Game Day and CBS Sports airing their pre game shows live from William Brice Stadium amongst the crowd of fans, students, and tailgaters. Nothing like TV crews and the smell of Carolina Barbecue to set the mood of the biggest events to hit South Carolina since Hurricane Hugo. The kickoff came off the foot of a Josh Jasper’s foot at exactly 3:37 PM. The Gamecock family anticipated the outcome of this game early on in the week, but the Crimside Tide probably got a taste of it as Junior quarterback Stephen Garcia and Freshman running back Marcus Latimore played major roles in the Gamecocks’ opening scoring drive on the defending national champion Crimson Tide.
Stephen Garcia had his best performance as a Gamecock with 3 touchdowns, 1 interception while completing 17 of 20 passes for 201 yards. Marcus Lattimore proved again why he was the number 2 running back in the country coming out of Burns High School. He put on a clinic on showing how to gain yards after contact to the tune of 93 yards and 2 touchdowns and also had 1 reception touchdown.

Alabama tried to come back as it did against Arkansas Razorbacks last week by bringing the score to 28-21. But the Gamecocks answered with a 76 yard scoring drive that ate up 7:06 seconds to up the lead to 35-21 and leaving Alabama with no hope of coming from behind two weeks in a row.

Yes, we are still partying and tailgating! And probably every bar in the Vista and 5 Points will have excessive crowds on NFL Sunday Week 5 but it will more than likely be the Carolina faithful still celebrating the biggest win in the University of South Carolina’s history.

The Old Ball Coach, as Steve Spurrier is lovingly referred as, summed it as best as any one could.  “I said ‘Fellas, if fate means for us to win this game Saturday then lets give it a chance. Lets give fate a chance to happen,’ ” Spurrier said. And fate had its chance! Goooooooooo Cocks!

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