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By: Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
BATON ROUGE, La. – Les Miles has been almost unbeatable at LSU when his team is coming off a loss, and that trend continued Saturday night as the No. 9 Tigers rebounded from its loss to Florida last week with a 23-21 win over No. 3 South Carolina.
Jeremy Hill had a big game for LSU (6-1, 2-1 SEC), running for 124 yards and two scores to help the Tigers rack up 258 rush yards against a tough South Carolina (6-1, 4-1) defense. Spencer Ware had 55 yards and Michael Ford had 41, and quarterback Zach Mettenberger threw for 148 through the air.
Hill gave LSU a nine-point lead with five minutes to play with a 50-yard touchdown sprint, backing the Gamecocks into a corner. USC responded with a 77-yard drive capped by a touchdown pass from Connor Shaw to Bruce Ellington, and the LSU lead was cut to two with 1:41 remaining.
The Gamecocks failed to recover the onside kick, however, and the Tigers were able to hang on.
Marcus Lattimore was limited to 35 yards rushing on 13 carries, and the LSU defense forced two turnovers in the form of Shaw interceptions.
Passing – Zach Mettenberger, 12-for-25, 148 yards, INT
Rushing – Jeremy Hill, 17 car, 124 yards, 2 TD
Receiving – Jarvis Landry, 4 rec, 55 yards
Passing – Connor Shaw, 19-for-34, 177 yards, 2 TD, 2 INT
Rushing – Marcus Lattimore, 13 car, 35 yards, TD
Receiving – Ace Sanders, 5 rec, 49 yards, TD
• South Carolina’s loss snapped a 10-game winning streak, which was the longest active FBS streak.
• Les Miles is now 18-1 as head coach at LSU in games following a loss.
• Saturday’s game was the first time the last 11 home games that LSU did not win by double-digits.
• South Carolina will face its third straight opponent ranked in the top-10 next week when it plays Florida.