Week 11: College Football Player of the Week

Week 11: College Football Player of the Week

words_Brandon Richard

Last week, Texas A&M linebacker Michael Hodges tackled anybody that stood in his way of earning Eastbay’s College Football Player of the Week honors. This week, we salute South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore, who steamrolled through the Florida Gators’ defense in the SEC East title game with a career-high 212 yards on 40 carries, scoring three touchdowns on the day.

Week 11 College Football Player of the Week - Marcus Lattimore; Photos Courtesy of ESPN

Lattimore made the exact contribution you need from a big play guy. He put South Carolina ahead early and threw in a dagger late in the game to seal the deal. In between, he carried the ball effectively to help the Gamecocks sustain long drives and keep Florida’s offense off the field. They won the time of possession battle by a whopping tally of 41 minutes to 19 minutes. With 2:43 left to play, Lattimore capitalized on a Florida fumble by scoring his third touchdown of the day on an 11-yard trot. That touchdown put South Carolina up three scores and nailed the door shut on the program’s first ever SEC East Title.

Next in line for the Gamecocks is the #2 ranked Auburn Tigers. These two will square off in the SEC Title game on December 4th, with the winner earning a spot in the Bowl Championship Series.

Week 11 College Football Player of the Week - Marcus Lattimore; Photos Courtesy of ESPNWeek 11 College Football Player of the Week - Marcus Lattimore; Photos Courtesy of ESPNWeek 11 College Football Player of the Week - Marcus Lattimore; Photos Courtesy of ESPN

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Week 11: College Football Player of the Week

South Carolina Wins First National Title

words_Nick Engvall

Out with the old, and in with the new. That’s how the saying goes and that’s exactly what happened in this year’s College World Series.

The South Carolina Gamecocks men’s baseball team won their first ever national title for the school, and as they celebrated their incredible feat, fans of college baseball, and more specifically the fans in Omaha, say goodbye to the stadium the at has been home to the College World Series for the last sixty years. Rosenblatt Stadium has been home to the College Wolrd Series since 1940, but next year the series will move into TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, where the NCAA has signed a deal to keep it until 2035.Whit Merrifield of South Carolina - College World Series

The Gamecocks path to the title illustrates their determination beautifully. It began with a loss in their opening game of the tournament, which may have gotten most teams down. South Carolina went on to win every game thereafter, despite being an underdog in most, and nearly being knocked out of the tournament against Oklahoma, where with two outs and two strikes, a single from Jackie Bradley Jr. kept their hopes of a title alive.

When the Gamecocks reached the championship series, their pitching was dominant. After Blake Cooper dominated in game 1, it was a handful of pitchers that held the UCLA Bruins to just one run over 11 inningsĀ  in game 2. It was Matt Price who went 2 2/3 innings striking out 3 to get the win.

The Gamecocks’ Whit Merrifield singled in the game winning run in the bottom of the 11th inning to end a 1-1 tie and give South Carolina their only second national title in school history, the first came in 2002 in Women’s Track and Field.

While winning a the school’s first major sports national title is unbelievable, Price said it best about winning the last game at Rosenblatt Stadium, “To be the last team to win it here, that’s amazing.”

Rosenblatt Stadium2010 College World Series at Rosenblatt Stadium

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Week 11: College Football Player of the Week

Blake Cooper Dominates the Bruins in CWS

words_Nick Engvall

When an athlete finds him or herself competing at the pinnacle event of their sport, their performance can define their future.Blake Cooper of the South Carolina Gamecocks in the 2010 College World Series

For South Carolina’s Blake Cooper, his performance all but guaranteed himself a future in baseball. Cooper, coming off of just three days rest, pitched an incredible game against UCLA in the first game of the 2010 College World Series. Blake went 8 innings, giving up only 3 hits and striking out 10 as the Gamecocks took game one of the best-of-three series 7-1. In fact it wasn’t until the ninth inning that Cooper even started to give the Bruins a chance, until then he had only given up one hit the entire night.

Cooper’s control and precision on the mound is what seemed to perplex Bruins batters. With his fastball in the 80s all night, it was the other pitches in his repertoire that made him nearly un-hittable. Cooper used a dominating sinker, and the movement on his curve ball and slider to keep UCLA’s offense off balance in the batter’s box.

The South Carolina offense seemed to come up with all the big hits when they needed them. Short stop Bobby Haney had a career high three runs batted in, while going 2 for 3.

Both South Carolina and UCLA are looking for their school’s very first national championship in college baseball. With game one going to South Carolina, the Bruins will look to keep their hopes alive tonight, while South Carolina looks to solidify their team as the best in the school’s history with a victory.

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