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LSU stops South Carolina rally; wins 23-21

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Baton Rouge, La. - It looked like LSU's red zone struggles on offense would cost them again as the Tigers converted just one of their four trips inside South Carolina's 20 yard line into touchdowns.

Then the Tigers struck from midfield in the fourth quarter to put the game out of reach and put any concerns about their red zone offense on the back burner.  Freshman Jeremy Hill carried the load for the Tigers all night and with five minutes left in the game. He took a pitch through the right side of the line, broke through and was able to weave through the secondary for a 50-yard jaunt to the end zone putting LSU up 23-14.

It was part of an offensive attack for the Tigers that steadily chipped away at the third-ranked Gamecocks' defense all night.  They had the ball for nearly 37 minutes and had 406 yards compared to just 211 for Steve Spurrier's attack led by quarterback Connor Shaw.  Running back Marcus Lattimore was held to just 35 yards on 13 carries.

Shaw responded to Hill's touchdown by driving the Gamecocks 77 yards down the field, which was their longest campaign of the night. It ended in a one yard touchdown strike to receiver Bruce Ellington with less than two minutes left.

LSU could not run out the clock but with ten seconds left, Shaw's last attempt was intercepted by safety Craig Loston to end the game.

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