Photos: LSU beats South Carolina, 1st Half

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU defensive line coach Brick Haley, right, gets a hug from the mother of LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery (99), Debra Montgomery, as Sam's sister, Amanda Montgomery, left, waits for her turn as the the team was walking to the stadium.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU head coach Les Miles walks down "Victory Hill" to the stadium with his team to the outpouring affection of steadfast fans.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU cornerback Dwayne Thomas (13) high fives fans on the way to the stadium.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU head coach Les Miles walks down "Victory Hill" with his team to the outpouring affection of steadfast fans.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING --Tiger fans stream toward the stadium entrances, after watching the LSU Band come down the hill, before the game.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU fans clap for the LSU Band, as it comes down the hill before the game.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- McKenna Saxon, 9, yells her support for the LSU Band, from the shoulders of her father, former LSU baseball pitcher Ben Saxon, now of Albany, Ga., standing with his wife Tomeika Saxon, right, in white hat, before the game.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Clutching the ball cap they were using for a football, Dylan Fontan, 10, left, is tackled by Zach Wade, 11, as the two, booth of Ocean Springs, Miss., play a football game on the hillside behind LSU's Journalism Building, before the game.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Tiger fan Austin McClendon, 11, of Austin, Texas, sinks his teeth into a shaved ice, trying to beat the heat before the game.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Fans take pictures of the LSU Band as it comes down the hill, before the game.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- From the west side stands' pedestrian ramps, fans watch the LSU Band march down the hill to enter the stadium, before the game.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- The LSU Golden Band from Tigerland perform while walking to the stadium.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- The LSU Golden Band from Tigerland perform while walking to the stadium.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- The LSU team takes the field before the game.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU captains including LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery (99) and LSU linebacker Kevin Minter (46) come out of the tunnel, as fans try to slap hands with them, to begin the game.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Pursued by South Carolina Gamecocks safety D.J. Swearinger (36), LSU running back Spencer Ware (11) finishes off a 27-yard run with about 10:45 in the first quarter, for a first down at the S. Carolina 30, in the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU fullback J.C. Copeland (44) and LSU offensive guard La'El Collins (70) block up a nice hole for LSU running back Spencer Ware (11), pursued by South Carolina Gamecocks linebacker Shaq Wilson (54), in the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- South Carolina Gamecocks linebacker Reginald Bowens (47) stands up LSU running back Kenny Hilliard (27), helping the Gamecocks force an LSU field goal, in the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU place kicker Drew Alleman (30) kicks a field goal with 5:14 in the first quarter.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU place kicker Drew Alleman (30) watches his field goal safely navigate the goal posts, as he and holder Brad Wing (38) watch LSU take a three point lead, with 5:14 in the first quarter.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLINGLSU linebackers Lamar Louis (23), Kevin Minter (46) and safety Craig Loston tackle South Carolina tight end Justice Cunningham after a reception in the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU safety Craig Loston (6) submarines South Carolina Gamecocks' Bruce Ellington (23), throwing him into the air on a kickoff return after LSU's first quarter field goal giving the Tigers a 3-0 lead, in the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLINGEric Reid, right, was one of three LSU players named to the Walter Camp All-America second team Thursday.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIGSouth Carolina coach Steve Spurrier calls timeout during the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU running back Spencer Ware (11) tries to shake South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Ashton Holmes (94) as LSU offensive guard La'El Collins (70) blocks South Carolina Gamecocks linebacker DeVonte Holloman (21) while picking up good yardage during the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU running back Spencer Ware (11) dances through the line to pick up a first down during the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU running back Kenny Hilliard (27) comes up short of the goal on third and one as South Carolina Gamecocks linebacker Reginald Bowens (47) makes the stop during the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery (99) makes the hit causing South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Connor Shaw (14) to fumble out of bounds for a loss during the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIGLSU place-kicker Drew Alleman kicks a field goal in the first half against South Carolina as punter Brad Wing holds.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIGLSU defensive end Sam Montgomery (99) makes the hit, causing South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw (14) to fumble out of bounds for a loss during the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU running back Jeremy Hill (33) runs along the sideline picking up a first down during the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- South Carolina Gamecocks running back Marcus Lattimore (21) is met by a host of tigers including LSU safety Eric Reid (1) who makes the initial stop as LSU linebacker Lamar Louis (23) and LSU safety Craig Loston (6) come in to help during the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU wide receiver Kadron Boone (86) gives chase as South Carolina Gamecocks cornerback Jimmy Legree (15) makes the interception runback during the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU wide receiver Jarvis Landry (80) can't make the catch on the overthrown ball that would have been a sure touchdown during the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- South Carolina Gamecocks wide receiver Ace Sanders (1) pulls in the touchdown pass in front to LSU safety Craig Loston (6) during the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU wide receiver James Wright (82) makes the catch in front of South Carolina Gamecocks cornerback Jimmy Legree (15) during the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU fullback J.C. Copeland (44) tries to get outside on a run from the S. Carolina 15-yard line, but was held to no gain by South Carolina Gamecocks linebacker DeVonte Holloman (21), on an LSU second quarter drive that ended in a missed field goal by LSU place kicker Drew Alleman (30).

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Devin Taylor (98) bats down a pass by LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger (8), as he is blocked by LSU offensive lineman Trai Turner (56), in the second quarter.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger (8) throws a pass that LSU wide receiver Jarvis Landry (80) couldn't handle in the end zone, in the first half. LSU had to try a field goal, which they missed.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU place kicker Drew Alleman (30) watches his second quarter field goal miss, held by Brad Wing (38).

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU vs. South Carolina -- LSU running back Spencer Ware (11) picks up good yardage and a first down while trying to shake South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Ashton Holmes (94) during the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIGLSU cheerleaders fire up the fans before the South Carolina-LSU game last month in Tiger Stadium.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG. LSU defensive end Barkevious Mingo, left, fires up the fans during a game in Tiger Stadium this season. Mingo, a junior, could be a first-round pick in the NFL draft if he decides to go pro. 'The decision is there and it will have to be made,' he said.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU students sing the alma mater before the game.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Connor Shaw (14) is sacked by LSU safety Eric Reid (1), LSU linebacker Lamin Barrow (57) and LSU linebacker Kevin Minter (46) during the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger (8) throws the interception as South Carolina Gamecocks defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles (99) pressures during the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU wide receiver Jarvis Landry (80) gets downfield with a reception, as South Carolina Gamecocks safety D.J. Swearinger (36) is behind him, in the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- South Carolina fans cheer the interception as LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger (8) walks off the field after the play during the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- South Carolina Gamecocks defensive end Devin Taylor (98) bats down a pass by LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger (8), as he is blocked by LSU offensive lineman Trai Turner (56), in the second quarter.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU running back Kenny Hilliard (27) leaps to try to evade the tackle of South Carolina Gamecocks safety D.J. Swearinger (36), in the second quarter.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU defensive end Sam Montgomery (99) is looked after by LSU safety Eric Reid (1) after he was injured on the last play of the first quarter on a goal line stand during the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Connor Shaw (14) throws the touchdown pass during the second quarter.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIG -- LSU quarterback Zach Mettenberger (8) makes the completed pass under pressure from South Carolina Gamecocks linebacker Quin Smith (24) during the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU defensive end Jermauria Rasco (59) leaps in celebration, after driving South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Connor Shaw (14), foreground, to the ground on an incomplete, late second quarter pass attempt, on a drive that LSU stalled into a S. Carolina punt, in the first half. LSU defensive tackle Bennie Logan (18) is at left.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU defensive end Jermauria Rasco (59) drives South Carolina Gamecocks quarterback Connor Shaw (14), foreground, to the ground on an incomplete, late second quarter pass attempt, on a drive that LSU stalled into a S. Carolina punt, in the first half. There no penalty flags, on the very physical play.

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  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU offensive tackle Vadal Alexander (78), offensive lineman Trai Turner (56), center P.J. Lonergan (64) and offensive guard La'El Collins (70) give pass blocking as quarterback Zach Mettenberger (8) looks downfield, in the first half.

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  • Advocate staff photo by BILL FEIGThe Golden Band from Tigerland performs while walking to Tiger Stadium before the South Carolina game last month.

  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU safety Eric Reid (1) and defensive tackle Bennie Logan try to pump up the crowd during the South Carolina game in October in Tiger Stadium.

  • Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- LSU defensive tackle Bennie Logan (18) and safety Eric Reid (1) try to pump up the crowd in the first half of the LSU-South Carolina game at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2012.