South Carolina overcomes loss of Marcus Lattimore to outlast Tennessee

Gamecock running back Marcus Lattimore was carted off in the second quarter of Saturday’s win over Tennessee at Williams Brice Stadium.

Connor Shaw threw three touchdowns and ran for another score, and South Carolina (No. 13 BCS, No. 17 AP) overcame the loss of tailback Marcus Lattimore for a 38-35 victory over Tennessee on Saturday.  Tyler Bray had driven the Vols to South Carolina’s 19 with 1:08 left when he was hit from behind by defensive end Jadeveon Clowney. The ball popped loose and linebacker Shaq Wilson recovered.  Tennessee (3-5, 0-5 Southeastern Conference) forced a punt and got the ball back with 36 seconds to go, but Victor Hampton intercepted a long pass from Bray to close it out for South Carolina.  More pressing, though, is the apparent loss of Lattimore to a serious injury. The junior was taken to a hospital after hurting his right knee in the second quarter.  Shaw finished with a career-high 356 yards passing and the Gamecocks rolled up 510 yards after managing only 368 combined the previous two weeks in losses at LSU and Florida. Tight end Justice Cunningham had six catches for 108 yards and receiver Bruce Ellington had six catches for 101 yards as South Carolina won three straight over the Vols for the first time in a series that began in 1903.