Live From Pirates-Gamecocks!
On The Beat host Brett Jensen brings you a live blog from the East Carolina and South Carolina football game at Bank of America Stadium. Expect news, sarcasm and a tiny bit of humor.
Let’s get this out of the way right from the onset: Never have there been more hot and drunken women in the history of Charlotte than there are now. Goodness gracious there are some serious good looking women here.
On to the game – South Carolina converts a fourth down, keeps drive moving, and backup quarterback Connor Shaw, who actually started the game because head coach Steve Spurrier loves to screw with people’s minds, fumbled in the red zone.
However, why Spurrier just doesn’t give it to super stud RB Marcus Lattimore is beyond me. He looked great on that first drive.
ECU went three-and-out.
Shaw just took a major shot from the ECU defense and is holding his back. We may see Stephen Garcia at QB sooner rather than later.
BTW – This may be the last time a football team with the word Carolina in its name wins in this stadium until 2012.
As soon as I speak nice things about Lattimore, he fumbles. ECU recovers and promptly scores a touchdown to make it 7-0 with 3:13 left in the first quarter.
All 20,000 drunk ECU fans are going crazy!
Connor Shaw isn’t looking that good. Nice to know that Spurrier would jeopardize his team’s success just so he can jack players around. Nice job Ol’ Ball Coach!! Spurrier, he’s a man and he’s older than 60!
It’s the end of the first quarter and ECU leads 7-0, however, the Pirates are on the 19 and are looking to score again. I expect we’ll see Garcia now. It’s about 15 minutes too late.
East Carolina just scored on a third down lob pass that burned Stephon Gilmore, who is supposed to be the king stud defensive back with the Gamecocks.
East Carolina leads 14-0 with 14:11 left in the second quarter.
Give it to the Pirates, who are laying it to South Carolina. They’re not the least bit intimidated.
South Carolina just fumbled the kickoff and Spurrier just threw his visor.
Big stop for the Chickens, who trail only 17-0 with 9:45 left to play in the first half.
Somebody in the press box just said that Connor Shaw reminds them of Jimmy Clausen by the way he gets rattled in the pocket. There’s a lot of truth in that statement.
ENTER STEPHEN GARCIA!!
On third-and-four, Garcia keeps it and scampers 32 yards for a touchdown to make it 17-7 with 7:42 left in the first half.
Mr. Spurrier, any regrets?
And ECU promptly fumbled the kickoff. Gamecocks take over at the ECU 40.
The MAN, otherwise knows as Lattimore, just scores with 5:44 left in the first half to make it 17-14, ECU.
There’s a New York Giants scout sitting directly behind me. He keeps making jokes, but he’s not even remotely funny. In fact, he reminds me of the guy that played in the band in high school and missed his school prom so he could stay home and play Dungeons And Dragons.
South Carolina just had their fourth fumble of the first half on a punt. Once again it was Gilmore that goofed. For all the hype surrounding Gilmore after his freshman year, he’s been a major disappointment.
With three seconds left in the first half, ECU scores a touchdown to lead 24-14. Two touchdowns can be directly attributed to Gilmore.
This is the first time ECU has recovered four fumbles since 2005 against TCU, and it’s only halftime.
ECU 24, SOUTH CAROLINA 14
Here’s a photo that might cheer up the South Carolina contingency.
ECU-SC halftime stats: Rush yds – ECU 38, SC 110; Pass yds – ECU 127, SC 65. QBs – Davis 19-26 3 TD, SC Shaw 2-8 18 yds, Garcia 3-7 47 yds
To everyone’s utter amazement, Stephen Garcia starts the third quarter for South Carolina. Wonder if somebody had to talk Spurrier into it.
Garcia throws a touchdowns pass to make it 24-21 with 12:28 left in the third quarter.
True story: A scout with the Colts just said that Garcia reminds him of Matthew Stafford. “Tough kid.”
East Carolina just fumbled DEEP in their own territory. That’s the seventh lost fumble in this game.
And Garcia just scored his second rushing touchdown of the game to give the Chickens their first lead of the game at 28-24 with 10:40 left in the third quarter.
An absolutely amazing situation: ECU running back just had the ball stripped by Antonio Allen, who raced 25 yards for a touchdown to make it 35-24 with 10:29 left to play in the third quarter. That’s eight lost fumbles in this game, four for each team.
ECU comes back and scores a TD with 8:35 left in the third quarter to trim the lead to 35-31.
Note from other game: During halftime of the Rice-Texas game in Austin, the Rice marching band spelled $EC.
Another touchdown by the Gamecocks. It’s the fourth in the quarter for the Chickens. 42-31 with 3:11 left to play in third quarter. This is what I had expected for get-go.
One of the 12 TVs in the press box is showing the replay of the Steelers-Panthers game. Dear God, why?
Gilmore looks like anything but an All-American CB.
South Carolina 42, ECU 31
Wondering who has more arrests after the game, ECU fans or Chicken fans.
I can’t tell you how happy I am that the hump NY Giants scout has left. Dooooooosh.
Tom Sorensen just said that there are more fumbles in this game than suspensions for Garcia. By the way, Mr. Tom “I only drink Chardonnay” Sorensen will be my co-host on Tuesday.
Turnover number nine, but only the first interception!
Lattimore scores his third touchdown of the game to make it 49-31 with 10:42 left in the game. Here’s an amazing stat: Lattimore now has 20 touchdowns in just his first game as a sophomore, which is good enough for eighth all-time in school history.
It’s now 10:21 p.m. This game is seriously cutting into my drinking and skirt-chasing time.
USC just returned a punt 68 yards for a touchdown with 9:46 to play in the game to make it 56-31. South Carolina is now covering the 20.5 point spread after trailing 17-0.
Not saying this game is going long, but we’re now celebrating New Year’s Eve in the press box.
The only thing that matters now is which team will cover the point spread. It’s now 10:35 p.m. and so bored that I just counted the tiles in the ceiling.
It’s now fourth-and-3 at the USC 5 with 2:47 left to play. The point spread hangs in the balance on this play.
Touchdown. Gamblers everywhere are either cheering or cussing, depending on which team was bet on. The extra point was just missed, so USC leads 56-37 with 2:42 left to play.
Connor Shaw back in the game. Spurrier never ceases to amaze me. For those of you keeping track at home, Connor started and ended the game.
Well, that’s it. I’m going to call it a night. Thanks for reading and stay thirsty my friends.