Originally posted on Fox Sports South  |  Last updated 10/27/12
South Carolina 38, Tennessee 35 Marcus Lattimore injury: South Carolina sent Derek Dooley to 1-12 in his last 13 SEC games, but Lattimore's gruesome right knee injury stopped the college football world early Saturday afternoon. Leading 21-14, the Gamecocks gave Lattimore the ball off the left side of the line, where he was rather promptly wrapped up around the shoulder pads. The issue, though, was that a defender going low hit the record-breaking running back right around his knee cap, bowing the leg back at an awkward angle and leaving Lattimore laying on his back, unmoving. Replays show his right leg completely shattered, bent backwards and motionless. By the time trainers ran onto the field, it looked as though Lattimore already knew the severity of what just happened. As trainers ran onto the field to gather around, emotions mounted. As he was carted off the field, towel over his face, it was obvious that Lattimore, who suffered a season-ending injury just last season and had worked so hard to get back on the field, cried. He was taken to a hospital during the game for further evaluation. The good news? If there is any that can come from such a situation, the scene of both sidelines emptying onto the field in support of Lattimore was incredibly uplifting. He is largely considered not only one of the truly great athletes at this level, but also one of the sport's class acts. Always gracious in interviews, always humble. Judging by the outpouring of opposing players onto the Williams-Brice field and the reaction on social media sites, Lattimore has earned his respect nationwide. South Carolina's career rushing touchdown leader, Lattimore's 41 career touchdowns currently rank third nationally among active players. The junior had gained 667 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns (most in SEC) in 2012. Career fair:Things could have (should have?) been so much different from Tyler Bray in this game, his best outing ever against a quality opponent. Bray, who entered the game with more interceptions than touchdowns against SEC opponents, suffered a game-ending fumble when he was hit from behind by soon-to-be All-American Jadeveon Clowney. Bray finished the day with 368 yards and four touchdowns. He threw one pick, but it came on a desperation heave. His counterpart, Connor Shaw, delivered as well (356 yards, three scores), but he did not have to face the fear of dropping back to pass while being chased by Clowney. Overall, it was a heck of a day for both quarterbacks, but Shaw's defense stepped up just in time to prevent Tennessee from taking the lead late in the fourth. Also of note: The play of Tennessee receiver Zach Rogers was off the charts, outshining his own NFL-bound teammates Justin Hunter and Cordarrelle Patterson. Perhaps the Gamecocks were keying in on Bray's most talented targets, but Rogers proved he deserved more respect. Rogers wrapped up his day with 107 yards and three scores, including an unbelievable, foot-dragging effort to bring the Volunteers to within three points in the fourth quarter. If it weren't for the Volunteers' lackluster defense, perhaps this effort would not have been in vain. Missouri 33, Kentucky 10 First time for everything: Missouri has had a rough go in SEC play, starting off their tenure in the league by losing to Georgia, South Carolina, Vanderbilt and Alabama by a combined 78 points. How to solve those issues? A visit from Kentucky seems to be the answer for every program nowadays. Although the Wildcats hung around for the first half, the Tigers eventually pulled away on the strength of the running game (186 yards and three touchdowns). If the first victory is always the toughest, then this is a big-time threshold Gary Pinkel's program has crossed today. However, it just so happens to be a benchmark that every other Kentucky (0-6 in SEC) has crossed as well. All the same, congratulations are in order for the SEC newcomer. Now, only Kentucky and lowly Auburn, which plays Texas A&M later on tonight, are winless in conference play. Squandering opportunities:Kentucky coach Joker Phillips' team had opportunities in this game, notably on two interceptions that gave the Wildcats the ball inside Missouri's 20-yard line. Kentucky walked away with zero points. That'll do it. This team just can not find any answers. The defense has been horrendous in its own right entering this week with the 103rd scoring defense nationally but the offense has been equally inept at times this season. With its revolving door at quarterback, thanks in large part to injuries, Kentucky is averaging just under eight points per game on the road in 2012. For the record, that's not very good. Dialing up the points: After entering the season with no career multi-touchdown games, Missouri running back Kendial Lawrence has now posted three such games in his last eight games. Lawrence, a senior from Rockwall, Texas, has stepped in admirably for expected starter Henry Josey, who has yet to recover from an ugly injury against Texas in 2011. With the Tigers traveling to The Swamp next weekend, Lawrence will be needed to be at the top of his game if Pinkel's team has any shot at cracking the Gators' loaded defense. The return of starting quarterback James Franklin, who entered the game against Kentucky and was 6-of-9 passing, should also help matters.
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