South Carolina Vs. Navy Final Score: Marcus Lattimore Drives Past Middies, 24-21

Navy provided its usual nuisance, but a big game by Marcus Lattimore kept South Carolina alive.

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Navy Vs. South Carolina Final Score: Marcus Lattimore Runs Wild Against Midshipmen In 24-21 Victory

For just a brief time the Navy Midshipmen looked as though they could pull off the upset against the No. 10 South Carolina Gamecocks. But just as soon as they had the lead late in the third quarter, South Carolina pulled it back away for the 24-21 victory

South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore pounded the ball all day long, but his seven-yard run into the end zone early in the fourth quarter put the Gamecocks back in the lead, 24-21, and in place for the victory. Lattimore carried the rock 37 times for 246 yards and three touchdowns. His previous high for yards in a game came last season, his freshman, when he ran for 212 yards against the Florida Gators.

Navy's Kriss Proctor attempted to direct a comeback from his own six-yard line, but Antonio Allen intercepted the pass with one minute left on the clock. That secured South Carolina's victory.

The Gamecocks (3-0) host the Vanderbilt Commodores next week. Navy takes next week off before it hosts Air Force as part of the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy series.

For more on the Gamecocks, head to South Carolina blog Garnet And Black Attack. To check on Navy, head over to SB Nation DC.

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Navy Vs. South Carolina Score: Marcus Lattimore Puts Gamecocks Back In The Lead, 24-21

The Navy Midshipmen held strong on their first defensive drive against the Gamecocks and followed that with a scoring drive to take the lead over the South Carolina Gamecocks, 21-17. Navy chewed up over six minutes on the game clock to drive 91 yards on 11 plays. However, the Gamecocks wouldn't let that lead last for long with their own long scoring drive.

Navy quarterback Kriss Proctor and Alexander Teich were picking up small portions of the field before Proctor found Bo Snelson for a 33-yard gain. Now at South Carolina's 47-yard line, Alexander Teich brought the ball to the 41, but then fumbled on the next carry. Luckily, Navy was able to recover the ball on South Carolina's own nine-yard line. A few plays later, Alexander Teich punched the ball in for a two-yard score on third down.

South Carolina drove deep into Navy territory on the ensuing drive on the strength of Marcus Lattimore, who now has 216 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Lattimore pounded the ball, finally finding the end zone on a seven yard run. The Gamecocks now lead, 24-21.

For more on the Gamecocks, head to South Carolina blog Garnet And Black Attack. To check on Navy, head over to SB Nation DC.

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Navy Vs. South Carolina Halftime Update: After Shaky Start, Gamecocks Have 17-14 Lead

When Navy took a 7-0 lead early, and then established another 14-7 margin later in the first half, you could almost feel the nerves begin to fill Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia. After all, Navy had dashed South Carolina's dreams before, beating the Gamecocks to knock them out of the national championship hunt in 1984, one of the best seasons in school history.

And for the lion's share of the first half, Navy's triple-option offense had its way with the Gamecocks, piling up 196 rushing yards on 29 carries and converting five of the Midshipmen's first seven third-down conversions. When South Carolina finally got Navy off the field on a fourth-down attempt, it was the first time Navy had not cashed in a drive since Navy punted on its opening drive.

That opened the door for South Carolina to take a lead into the locker room. South Carolina moved the ball 32 yards down the field to set up the 48-yard go-ahead field goal. Otherwise, it's been the Marcus Lattimore Show, with a check-in every once in a while on what looks to be an improving Stephen Garcia. After the erratic South Carolina quarterback failed to complete half of his passes in either of the first two games, he's gone 10-of-15 for 117 yards. Which is one fewer yard than Lattimore has gained on the ground on 13 carries. Lattimore also has two touchdowns on the day.

Put all that together, and the Gamecocks take a small lead to halftime. They also get the ball to start the third quarter, giving them a chance to take the kind of lead that even ghosts can't overcome.

For more on the Gamecocks, head to South Carolina blog Garnet And Black Attack. To check on Navy, head over to SB Nation DC.

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Navy Vs. South Carolina Game Time, TV Schedule, Spread And More

No. 11 South Carolina hosts the Navy Midshipmen on Saturday night.

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