FINAL: South Carolina routs Florida Gators

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Florida was looking to bounce back from its blowout loss to No. 1 Georgia last week against a struggling South Carolina on Saturday night.

Instead, Florida barely put up a fight to lose its third game consecutive game and fourth in the last five, as the Gamecocks sored their most points in the series to win 40-17.

The woes that have contributed to the losing streak for Florida (4-5, 2-3 SEC) continued: Turnovers, penalties and poor defense against the run.

South Carolina, meanwhile, improves to 5-4, 2-3.

Florida looks to snap the slide against visiting Samford next Saturday.

South Carolina 40, Florida 17

Florida                   7     3    0   7   —  17

South Carolina    10    20  10  0    — 40

First Quarter

SCAR_FG P.White 39, 6:19.

FLA_Henderson 12 pass from E.Jones (Howard kick), 4:47.

SCAR_J.McDowell 2 run (P.White kick), 2:39.

Second Quarter

FLA_FG Howard 30, 14:52.

SCAR_FG P.White 35, 11:31.

SCAR_Vann 24 pass from Jas.Brown (P.White kick), 8:02.

SCAR_FG P.White 40, 1:13.

SCAR_team 18 fumble return (P.White kick), :46.

Third Quarter

SCAR_FG P.White 39, 8:04.

SCAR_Bell 8 pass from Jas.Brown (P.White kick), 2:53.

Fourth Quarter

FLA_Wells 9 pass from E.Jones (Howard kick), 14:14.

                                            FLA      SCAR

First downs                           13         21

Total Net Yards                     340      459

Rushes-yards                     26-82    42-284

Passing                                  258      175

Punt Returns                            1--4     0-0

Kickoff Returns                            4-78     1-17

Interceptions Ret.                              0-0    1-1

Comp-Att-Int                                 17-30-1     14-24-0

Sacked-Yards Lost                              2-13     0-0

Punts                                           5-43.8       3-35.667

Fumbles-Lost                                   1-1        0-0

Penalties-Yards                                 6-64      1-5

Time of Possession                            23:42     36:18

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING_Florida, Pierce 6-39, Jones 11-26, Davis 6-17, Copeland 1-2, Wright 2-(minus 2). South Carolina, Harris 16-128, Z.White 13-111, Lloyd 7-46, McDowell 3-6, Jas.Brown 3-(minus 7).

PASSING_Florida, Jones 17-30-1-258. South Carolina, Jas.Brown 14-24-0-175.

RECEIVING_Florida, Shorter 5-92, Burke 2-73, Zipperer 2-30, Wells 2-18, Copeland 2-9, Fraziars 1-16, Henderson 1-12, Pierce 1-5, Davis 1-3. South Carolina, Vann 7-111, Muse 4-38, Bell 2-8, Kenion 1-18.

MISSED FIELD GOALS_None.

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FIRST QUARTER

7:40 p.m. | Flu bug bites Gators

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8:00 p.m. | Gamecocks score first
 

Parker White hits 39-yard field goal to cap a 13-play, 65-yard drive in 7:02 for a 3-0 USC lead at the 6:19 mark.

8:08 p.m. | Gators take lead

Emory Jones throws 12-yard TD pass to receiver Xzavier Henderson to cap a 5-play, 75-yard drive for a 7-3 lead at the 4:47 mark.

8:10 p.m. | South Carolina back on top

South Carolina goes 75 yards in five plays to retake lead at 10-7 at the 2:39 mark.

8:20 p.m. | Gators' first-quarter analysis

What went right: Despite the deficit, the Gators out-gained South Carolina on offense, 174 yards to USC’s 140. Florida responded after falling into an early hole as Emory Jones completed 4-of-5 passes for 75 yards on UF’s second drive. Jones, who has faced questions about his downfield passing ability this season, also completed passes of 52 and 51 yards to Justin Shorter and Marcus Burke, respectively. Though Florida trails, the offense has looked far more competent against USC than it did against the No. 1-ranked Georgia defense in UF’s last time out. 

What went wrong: The Gators fell in an early hole after Parker White connected on a 39-yard field goal, then UF allowed a five-play, 75-yard touchdown drive immediately after taking the lead. Missed tackles and a lack of physicality up front were also apparent in the first 15 minutes of play, resulting in a 10-7 deficit.

Play of the quarter: Justin Shorter’s 52-yard reception gets the nod here – but it easily could have been Marcus Burke’s 51-yarder. Or, on the flip side, it could have been Jason Marshall Jr.’s touchdown-saving tackle of Zaquandre White if the Gators hadn’t allowed the Gamecocks to ultimately find the end zone four plays later.

Trending: Trailing narrowly after one period of play, Florida is deep in Gamecocks territory as the second quarter arrives.

— Graham Hall

Florida                   7 

South Carolina    10

Florida quarterback Emory Jones (5) runs with the ball Saturday as South Carolina linebacker Brad Johnson, left, reaches for him during the first half  in Columbia, S.C.

SECOND QUARTER

9:16 p.m. | Gators' 2nd-quarter analysis

What went right: Chris Howard hit a 30-yard field goal. 

What went wrong: The Gamecocks continued to run rampant on the Gators. USC, who came into the game averaging just north of 112 rushing yards per game, finished the half with 147 yards on the ground. UF’s turnover woes continued when Emory Jones fumbled at the Florida 20-yard line and South Carolina defensive lineman Jabari Ellis scooped it up and jogged into the end zone for six.

Play of the quarter: Jason Brown’s 24-yard pass on 3rd-and-eight to a wide-open Josh Vann gave the Gamecocks a double-digit lead over a UF team favored by more than two touchdowns prior to kickoff, so it gets the nod here even though things got much worse for the Gators before halftime. It wasn’t the most glamorous of plays, but it symbolized Florida’s defensive issues as of late. 

Trending: South Carolina scored 20 unanswered points to end the half, and things could get even worse for the Gators as the Gamecocks get the ball to begin the second half.

— Graham Hall

Florida                   7     3 

South Carolina    10    20

THIRD QUARTER

10:08 p.m. | Gators' 3rd-quarter analysis

What went right: Once again, a tough category considering what has unfolded through three quarters of play, but the Gators finally are deep in USC territory just prior to the fourth quarter, so that technically counts.

What went wrong: Following South Carolina’s fourth successful field goal of the night, the Gators, trailing by 23, seemingly found themselves in four-down territory on their next drive. On 4th-and-1, Dameon Pierce was stopped for no gain, however, and the Gators gave the ball right back to the surging Gamecocks on the UF 32-yard line. Jaheim Bell found the end zone from eight yards out just six plays later to extend USC’s already sizable advantage.

Play of the quarter: MarShawn Lloyd’s 40-yard run – plus the personal foul on Rashad Torrence – brought South Carolina all the way from its own 33-yard line to the Gators’ 17-yard mark.

Trending: Trailing by 30, UF is near South Carolina’s red zone as the Gators look to somehow avoid a devastating upset in Columbia. 

— Graham Hall

Florida                   7     3      0

South Carolina    10    20    10

FOURTH QUARTER

10:45 p.m. | Gators' 4th-quarter analysis

What went right: After Rick Wells’ nine-yard touchdown grab cut the Gamecocks' lead to 23, UF forced a three-and-out for the first time of the night early in the fourth quarter. But it was all South Carolina the rest of the way in a game that seemed over before the end of the third quarter.

What went wrong: With Florida trailing by 23 and looking to keep its comeback hopes alive, quarterback Emory Jones was intercepted by Cam Smith at the South Carolina 35-yard line; the Gators proceeded to go three-and-out on their next drive.

Play of the quarter: Jones’ interception effectively put the final nail in the coffin of UF’s comeback aspirations, and the Gators didn’t pick up a first down again until the outcome was all but official.

— Graham Hall

Florida                   7     3    0   7   —  17

South Carolina    10    20  10  0    — 40

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