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Spurrier, No. 22 Gamecocks clinch SEC East title

By Mark Long

Associated Press

Published: Saturday, Nov. 13 2010 8:45 p.m. MST

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The Ol' Ball Coach notched a huge win at his ol' stomping grounds.

After years of being the top Gator, Steve Spurrier led South Carolina to its most significant victory in the stadium he nicknamed The Swamp.

Marcus Lattimore ran 40 times for a career-high 212 yards and three touchdowns, Stephen Garcia played turnover-free and the 22nd-ranked Gamecocks upset No. 24 Florida 36-14 Saturday night to clinch the Southeastern Conference's Eastern Division for the first time in school history.

The Gamecocks won for the second time in 19 tries against Florida, snapped an 0-for-12 streak in Gainesville and earned a spot in the league title game. South Carolina (7-3, 5-3 SEC) will play second-ranked Auburn on Dec. 4, with the winner advancing to the Bowl Championship Series.

The Gators (6-4, 4-4) lost to a division opponent for the first time in 17 games.

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