Manuel, Seminoles Hold Off Gamecocks 26-17

By: AP
By: AP

ATLANTA (AP) --

EJ Manuel threw a fourth-quarter touchdown pass
to stop a South Carolina rally and lead Florida State to a 26-17
victory over the turnover-plagued Gamecocks in the Chick-fil-A Bowl
on Friday night.

Chris Thompson ran for 147 yards and a touchdown and Dustin
Hopkins kicked four field goals for the No. 23 Seminoles (10-4),
who reached 10 wins for the first time since 2003.

Manuel took over for senior quarterback Christian Ponder, who
left early in the second quarter with a concussion. No. 19 South
Carolina lost running back Marcus Lattimore when he was hit hard on
the Gamecocks' first drive.

South Carolina (9-5) was seeking its first 10-win season since
1984.


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  • by Matthew Location: Mayo on Jan 6, 2011 at 07:21 AM
    GV-SCAR lost Marcus Lattimore after a Greg Reid hit at the start of the game. He cut the inside of his mouth and never returned. I understand that a play like that and the injury is all apart of the game, and I have no fault with it, however, if Lattimore stayed in the game SCAR would have played much better. Lattimore is, in my opinion, the best RB in the nation and when he plays the offense as a whole is much better. Garcia can rely on him and doesnt have to pass as much which really opens up a lot of options.
  • by GV Location: Ga on Jan 5, 2011 at 10:40 AM
    To Go noles,if the offense does just enough to stay ahead,then they did as much as the deffense.They are a team.And matthew,why did they lose a good player?
  • by Matthew Location: Mayo on Jan 4, 2011 at 05:31 AM
    Nole you are absolutely right. SCAR very likely played their worst game all year and only lost by nine points, that really says a lot about the status of FSU. Having said that, FSU is not on the downhill slide that it has been trapped in the past four or five years, but its not on its way up at warp speed either. The ACC was awful this year, and FSU backed into the title game with NCSU losing to Maryland. All of these things have to be considered. Fisher has some work to do.
  • by Nole Location: Fan on Jan 3, 2011 at 02:50 PM
    Matthew is right. FSU was very lucky and a win is a win, but Carolina played one of their worst games of the year. Luckily, we were on winning end. Hopefully we are looking for a quarterback, because currently we do not have one...remember, ACC weakest it has been in years and we still could not win it. Okay coach, time to earn your money...
  • by Matthew Location: Mayo on Jan 3, 2011 at 12:50 PM
    A win is a win, but let's be realistic. FSU didnt dominate SCAR. SCAR lost their best player almost as soon as the game began, and had five turnovers in the game. They really did nothing right and only lost by nine points. Thats something FSU needs to consider.
  • by Go Noles! on Jan 3, 2011 at 09:43 AM
    What was a weakness last year was a strength this year. The defense won this game. The offense just did enough to stay ahead.
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