Marcus Lattimore’s day, if you’re a Dawg fan, that is. At least according to this breakdown from South Carolina beat writer Travis Haney:
… I went through every one of Marcus Lattimore’s 38 touches (37 carries, one reception) in the Georgia win and checked for broken/missed tackles and how many yards the freshman from Byrnes had after first contact.
The final tally: 38 touches, 198 total yards. 29 broken tackles. 127 yards after first contact.
That includes Lattimore’s one catch, a 16-yard reception. He broke one tackle and gained an additional 6 yards on that play.
On his 37 runs, Lattimore broke 28 tackles and gained 121 yards after first contact.
In addition, Lattimore had eight plays of 10 or more yards, including an afternoon long of 24 yards (on the final field goal drive). Lattimore had 12 first-down runs. TWELVE. He added a 13th first down on that catch. (South Carolina had 23 first downs.)
Four of Lattimore’s 12 first down came on third down. (South Carolina converted nine third downs.)
Look at the first and final drives, in particular. He broke 11 tackles on the first drive, gaining 50 yards. Lattimore broke 13 tackles on the final drive, gaining 56 yards…
Reasonable minds may differ on what constitutes a broken tackle, of course (Haney claims he measured things on the conservative side), but that’s still a pretty clear picture of what didn’t go right on Saturday.