Gamecocks fall to LSU 23-21

Posted Oct 13, 2012

South Carolina falls to LSU 23-21 to suffer their first loss of the season. The Gamecocks struggled offensively against LSU and failed to shut down the power run game of the Tigers in the close loss at Tiger Stadium. South Carolina had their chances but came up short in the end.

BATON ROUGE, La. -- LSU freshman Jeremy Hill highlighted a breakout 124-yard, two-touchdown performance with a 50-yard scoring run, and the ninth-ranked Tigers handed No. 3 South Carolina its first loss of the season, 23-21 on Saturday night.

LSU (6-1, 2-1 Southeastern Conference) substantially outgained South Carolina (6-1, 4-1) in total yards (406-211), but struggled to find the end zone. Three times, LSU settled for field goals after driving at least as far as the Gamecocks 5-yard line, and another drive to the South Carolina 15 stalled on a missed field goal.

But Hill's long score with 5:03 left gave LSU a nine-point lead that proved a little too much to overcome.

Connor Shaw drove South Carolina for a late TD on a short pass to Bruce Ellington with 1:41 left, and the Gamecocks got the ball once more with 35 seconds left, only to watch LSU's defense hold up.

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