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Gamecocks Come Up Short at Florida, 20-7

Nov. 12, 2016

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Score By Quarters
Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th Total
South Carolina (5-5, 3-5 SEC) 0 0 0 7 7
Florida (7-2, 5-2 SEC) 7 7 6 0 20
Team Stat Comparison
Category
1st Downs 15 18
Total Yards 256 372
Passing 213 201
Rushing 43 171
Penalties-Yards 2-10 10-80
3rd Down Conversions 3-13 4-10
4th Down Conversions 1-2 0-0
Turnovers 2 3
Time of Possession 28:55 31:05
Passing Leaders
South Carolina COM ATT YDS TD INT
Bentley 18 33 213 0 1
Florida COM ATT YDS TD INT
Appleby 17 21 201 2 1
Rushing Leaders
South Carolina CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Williams 7 20 2.9 1 9
Dowdle 9 18 2.0 0 9
Florida CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Scarlett 20 134 6.7 0 32
Appleby 6 34 5.7 0 33
Receiving Leaders
South Carolina REC YDS AVG TD LG
Samuel 4 53 13.3 0 29
Hurst 3 63 21.0 0 47
Florida REC YDS AVG TD LG
Callaway 4 48 12.0 0 19
Lewis 4 38 9.5 1 12
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter SC UF
TD 11:17 Lewis 6 yd PASS from Appleby PAT KICK by Pineiro (GOOD) 0 7
2nd Quarter SC UF
TD 09:37 Fulwood 18 yd PASS from Appleby PAT KICK by Pineiro (GOOD) 0 14
3rd Quarter SC UF
FG 07:28 Pineiro 54 yd 0 17
FG 00:52 Pineiro 36 yd 0 20
4th Quarter SC UF
TD 06:53 Williams 1 yd RUSH PAT KICK by Fry (GOOD) 7 20

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — South Carolina (5-5, 3-5 SEC) tried to mount a fourth-quarter comeback, but Florida (7-2, 5-2 SEC) held on for a 20-7 victory on Saturday afternoon at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Florida posted touchdowns in the first and second quarter on similar drives. Austin Appleby posted passes to cap each drive, a six-yarder to C'yontai Lewis in the first and an 18-yarder to Ahmad Fulwood in the second. Big runs set up both. Appleby scampered for 33 yards to the Gamecock 6 to set up the first score, while Jordan Scarlett started the second scoring drive with a 32-yard rush.

The Gamecock defense recovered two fumbles in the first half, shutting down Gator drives. Junior linebacker Bryson Allen-Williams forced the first-quarter fumble at the South Carolina 20, and junior cornerback Jamarcus King covered it to give the Gamecocks back the ball. In the second quarter, Allen-Williams picked up the fumbled snap at the Gamecock 14, stopping a Gator drive deep into SC's territory.

Florida had one last shot before the end of the half after a holding penalty brought back Florida's punt return to the Gamecock 47. Senior linebacker T.J. Holloman picked off the Appleby pass, halting the Gators' momentum and keeping Florida's lead at 14-0 at halftime.

Eddy Pineiro hit two field goals in the third quarter, a career-best-tying 54-yarder halfway through followed by a 36-yarder with 52 seconds left in the period, making Florida's lead 20-0.

The Gamecocks scored with just under seven minutes to play, as junior running back David Williams punched in a one-yard run, getting South Carolina within two scores, 20-7. Junior running back Rod Talley made two catches and three runs on the 11-play drive, 80-yard drive, posting two first downs, including a 19-yard catch on fourth-and-6 to set up the touchdown.

South Carolina stopped Florida with 2:58 remaining and started driving, taking the ball to the Gators' 11 before turning it over on downs after two incomplete passes. That sealed the Gators' victory.

GAME CHANGER

The Gator defense limited South Carolina's chances throughout the game, holding the Gamecocks to 256 yards, 151 of those coming on the Gamecocks' final two drives.

KEY STAT

Scarlett led Florida's offensive attack with 134 yards on 20 carries.

NOTABLES

In his first career road start, Bentley went 18-for-33 for 213 yards. Florida intercepted one Bentley toss, the first of the freshman's career.

Sophomore Deebo Samuel made four catches for 53 yards, while sophomore Hayden Hurst added three catches for 63 yards, tops on the offense.

The Gamecock offense was held under 50 yards rushing for the third time this season.

Senior Darius English had 10 tackles for the Gamecocks to lead the way.

Allen-Williams had a hand in both Gamecock fumble pickups, forcing the first and recovering the second.

Quoting Head Coach Will Muschamp

Give Jim McElwain and the University of Florida's football team credit. They certainly responded off of last week's game as I knew those guys in that locker room would. They came out and played very well defensively during the game. Defensively for us, extremely disappointed. We continued to struggle with some things in the run game, we had guys miss tackles, some missed leverages. We had three third downs in the first half that we didn't convert, which is critical in order to get off the field in those situations. As poorly as things have gone, it's a 14-point game at halftime and you've got every opportunity in the world to capitalize on some things but we never got over the hump. Our guys fought their butts off to put themselves back in the game, but we didn't handle the moment very well early in the game as a football team and that was very evident.

UP NEXT

The Gamecocks host Western Carolina on Sat., Nov. 19 at 4 p.m. EST.


 

 

 

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