Alabama’s loss was very costly and humbling. It hasn’t totally diminished their chances of a SEC championship or a national championship, but the Crimson Tide’s lofty aspirations are in serious jeopardy.
Steve Spurrier’s South Carolina Gamecocks earned their biggest win in the team’s history, and Alabama has tumbled to #8 in top 25 polls.
The Crimson Tide’s drop is the steepest after being at the top since the early 1990’s.
On a side note, hated in-state rival, Auburn is ranked ahead of the Crimson Tide at #7.
South Carolina clearly beat Alabama in all phases as the Gamecocks’ Stephen Garcia threw three touchdown passes, and freshman sensation Marcus Lattimore scored three times in a convincing 35-21 win on Saturday, October 9th.
The Gamecocks’ 35-21 victory against Alabama was not only the Gamecocks’ first win over a No. 1 ranked team in the program’s history, but it helped South Carolina leapfrog into the Associated Press Top 25 to the Number 10 position in their latest poll for the first time in nearly three years.
The Gamecock’s had a tough time dealing with prosperity in 2007 with their Top 10 ranking and subsequently went on a six-game losing streak, so this time Spurrier and the Gamecoacks want to build upon this historic win.
Redshirt junior Steven Garcia remembers the last time that South Carolina was ranked that high, and wants his team to avoid the pitfalls.
“I was here when we were No. 6 and Vanderbilt came in here and they just outplayed us. I guess we thought we could just come in and show up,” he said.
Alabama’s streak of 19 games was broken, and Spurrier’s win is by his biggest coaching victory since his last days at Florida more than a decade ago.
One of the main reasons South Carolina was able to stymie Alabama was being able to contain the nation’s best running back duo in Mark Ingram and Trent Richardson to only 64 yards.
Nick Saban had faced some criticism after the game about a fake field goal attempt in the fourth quarter with his team down by seven points.
“Probably didn’t make a very good call on the fake,” the Alabama coach said.
Kicker Jeremy Shelley prepared to get in position to make a 42-yard field goal, but all of the sudden AJ McCarron, the Crimson Tide’s holder rolled out as if he was quarterback and threw a pass to pass catcher Ed Stinson who usually plays defensive end.
The result was a embarrassing and costly drop.
The Gamecocks’ crowd went crazy and it gave South Carolina more confidence as they marched down the field on a long offensive drive to put the game out of reach at 35-21.
South Carolina had 10 offensive possessions, and scored five touchdowns against the Crimson Tide. The Gamecocks’ 35 points is the most points that the Crimson Tide had given up since November 3, 2007 in a 41-35 loss to LSU.
Alabama will try to build a new winning streak and regain momentum next Saturday at home against Ole Miss at Bryant-Denny stadium, starting at 9pm
South Carolina will attempt to build on their big win against Alabama.
Next Saturday, October 16th, the Gamecocks will travel to Lexington and square off against a talented, but desperate Kentucky team who is trying to win their first SEC game.