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Saturday, October 1, 2011
Lattimore shows up, Dyer back

By Edward Aschoff

COLUMBIA, S.C. -- We knew it would only be a matter of time before Marcus Lattimore joined us at Williams-Brice Stadium.

South Carolina's best offensive weapon hadn't done much for most of the game until he found just the right seam and broke around five tackles before he steamrolled into the end zone (Auburn players stuck to him like glue) for a 15-yard touchdown to put the Gamecocks back on top 13-9 in the third.

Auburn's rushing defense had played very well up until that play, holding him to just 36 yards at halftime.

As for the other star running back in this game, Auburn went through a scary couple of minutes when Michael Dyer went down with a what looked like a leg injury. He was on the ground for a couple of minutes before hobbling off the field and hanging out at the training table for another few minutes.

Dyer made it back into the game toward the end of the quarter and didn't look like he lost much speed. He had a couple of big runs and took a couple of big hits, but popped right back up.

Both of these teams are going to need to have these guys running as hard as they can here in the fourth quarter.