College Football Belt - 2010 Alabama at South Carolina
 

Alabama

Crimson Tide

South Carolina

Gamecocks

Played October 9, 2010

at Williams-Brice Stadium

Columbia, South Carolina

  

 

Teams' Belt Records

 

Team

Belt

Reigns

Overall

Record

Home

Record

Away

Record

Neutral

Record

W

L

T

PCT

W

L

T

PCT

W

L

T

PCT

W

L

T

PCT

Alabama 5 27 7 0 .794 12 5 0 .706 10 1 0 .909 5 1 0 .833
South Carolina 1 3 5 0 .375 2 4 0 .333 1 1 0 .500        

 

Previous Belt Meetings

None

 

 

1st

2nd

3rd

4th

Final

Alabama

3 6 5 7 21

South Carolina

14 7 7 7 35

 

The top-ranked, 5-0 Alabama Crimson Tide of coach Nick Saban battled a ranked opponent for the third consecutive week meeting the 19th ranked, 3-1 South Carolina Gamecocks of coach Steve Spurrier.  The Gamecocks got 3 touchdowns from All-SEC RB Marcus Lattimore as well as a near perfect game from QB Stephen Garcia as they claimed The Belt for the first time since 1989 with a 35-21 win over the Crimson Tide.  South Carolina's defense was able to hold the powerful Alabama rushing attack to just 36 total yards which included sacking Crimson Tide's QB Greg McElroy 7 times.  Everything seemed to start effectively for Alabama as the offense drove 54 yards in 9 plays before settling for a 32-yard field goal from PK Jeremy Shelley.  South Carolina showed they were ready to attack the Crimson Tide's defense with a mixture of Garcia's passes & Lattimore's runs as they drove 63 yards in 7 plays with Garcia throwing a 9-yard touchdown pass to Lattimore for a 7-3 Gamecocks' lead.  A second touchdown for South Carolina came just before the opening quarter ended with Garcia throwing a 26-yard touchdown pass to All-SEC WR Alshon Jeffery to finish a 7-play, 62-yard drive.  On the first play of the 2nd quarter, McElroy was sacked & his fumble was recovered by Gamecocks' DT Travian Robertson at the Alabama 43-yard line.  Helped by a roughing-the-passer penalty, South Carolina was in the end zone just 3 plays later as Garcia threw a 15-yard touchdown pass to Jeffery for a 21-3 Gamecocks' lead.  After Shelley missed a 31-yard field goal attempt & South Carolina punted, the Crimson Tide were able to get into the end zone as McElroy completed an 8-yard touchdown pass the All-SEC WR Julio Jones but the failed conversion attempt left Alabama trailing 21-9 at intermission.  A strange play from scrimmage opened the 2nd half for the Gamecocks as Garcia could not handle a high snap & then oddly threw the ball out of his own end zone for a safety leaving the Crimson Tide trailing 21-11 just 0:11 into the half.  Alabama followed the gift with a 39-yard field goal from Shelley to close to within a touchdown at 21-14.  Garcia was able to calm the nervous South Carolina crowd with the next drive moving 82 yards in 15 plays over 7:55 as Lattimore carried in from a yard out for a 28-14 Gamecocks' lead as the game entered the 4th quarter.  The Crimson Tide responded on the first play of the quarter as McElroy connected with WR Darius Hanks on a 51-yard touchdown pass & just 3 plays later, when CB Will Lowery intercepted Garcia, it looked like Alabama might be able to tie the game.  The Crimson Tide's drive ended at the South Carolina 25-yard line as back-up QB A.J. McCarron tried to complete a pass from a fake field goal attempt but was unsuccessful.  Garcia drove the Gamecocks' 74 yards in 10 plays highlighted by a 45-yard pass to Jeffery to the Alabama 6-yard line.  Lattimore finished the drive & the Crimson Tide with a 2-yard touchdown run.  Garcia finished completing 17 of 20 pass attempts for 201 yards with 3 touchdowns as well as an interception while Jeffery had 7 catches for 127 yard with 2 touchdowns.  McElroy threw for 315 yards with 2 touchdowns but was sacked 7 times while Jones had 8 catches for 118 yard with a touchdown in the loss.  Alabama finished the season 10-3, ranked 10th nationally while South Carolina finished 9-5, ranked 22nd nationally.  The Crimson Tide has not played for The Belt again.

 

Alabama Game Stats South Carolina Game Stats
 

Rushing

Yards

Att

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Rushing

Yards

Att

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Mark Ingram 11 41 0 3.73 Marcus Lattimore 23 93 2 4.04
Trent Richardson 6 23 0 3.83 Brian Maddox 5 28 0 5.60
Greg McElroy 12 -28 0 -2.33 Stephen Garcia 7 11 0 1.57
          Ace Sanders 1 -7 0 -7.00
 
Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs Passing Att Comp Int Yards TDs
Greg McElroy 34 27 0 315 2 Stephen Garcia 20 17 1 201 3
A.J. McCarron 1 0 0 0 0            
 

Receiving

Yards

Catches

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Receiving

Yards

Catches

Yards

TDs

Avg

Gain

Julio Jones 8 118 1 14.75 Alshon Jeffery 7 127 2 18.14
Darius Hanks 2 55 1 27.50 Tori Gurley 3 31 0 10.33
Marquis Maze 4 41 0 10.25 Ace Sanders 3 20 0 6.67
Michael Williams 1 32 0 32.00 Marcus Lattimore 2 16 1 8.00
Preston Dial 5 29 0 5.80 Brian Maddox 2 7 0 3.50
Mark Ingram 4 16 0 4.00          
Brad Smelley 1 12 0 12.00          
Trent Richardson 2 12 0 6.00          

 

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