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10 for 10: FSU 26, USC 17

July 8, 2011

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Florida State 26, South Carolina 17
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Looking Back: South Carolina
By: Brandon Mellor, Seminoles.com

It’s said that the Southeastern Conference plays the toughest, in-your-face brand of football in the entire country.

Greg Reid and the Florida State Seminoles can too.

When Reid knocked out superstar tailback Marcus Lattimore early on in FSU’s eventual 26-17 win over South Carolina in the 2010 Chick-fil-A Bowl, he sent a message to the rest of the college football world.

“Watch out for Florida State.”

Reid and his defensive teammates harassed and knocked around the Gamecocks, who had made a habit of doing that very thing all season in the rough-and-rugged SEC. In Atlanta, FSU proved to be the bully and more physical team and it resulted in a huge win on a prominent stage.

Looking back, the victory over South Carolina went a long way towards fully entrenching the Seminoles back in the national spotlight.

Already the winners of a game over SEC stalwart Florida in November, the Seminoles made it a perfect 2-for-2 in the nation’s top college football conference. In doing so, they also reached the ever-important 10-win plateau and jumped off the springboard and in to the new year where the program closed out the recruiting season with the top class in the country.

For Fisher, standing in the shadow of Bobby Bowden became just a little bit easier because he was able to do something his predecessor had not accomplished in a long and storied career: win 10 games in his first season as head coach.

On the field, the win also marked EJ Manuel’s second bowl victory despite the fact that he had served as the backup to Christian Ponder for two years. Manuel has the unique distinction of taking over the signal-calling duties full-time in 2011 as the proud owner of some stellar career achievements to date.

And that hit. Oh what a hit.

Reid’s “Lattimore Layout” will forever be on Youtube rotation for the whole world to see. And with it, a Seminole victory.

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