By: Madison Tucker
The Gamecocks came up short for the second week in a row, with a loss to the No. 2 Florida Gators. The Gamecocks are now 6-2 for the season, and 4-2 for the SEC. Coach Steve Spurrier was rocked by the upset on Saturday, and is now 3-5 in games played against Florida.
In the first play of the game, Connor Shaw was stripped of the ball by Florida’s Loucheiz Purifoy, who passed to McCray down to the South Carolina 2-yard line. This set Florida up to score, and quickly put the Gamecocks on their heels. But South Carolina showed it was still in the game with a field goal, but soon fell short again, when Ace Sanders fumbled the ball and Trey Burton recovered it for Florida. On the next play, Driskel passed to Quinton Bunbar for a 13-yard touchdown.
South Carolina tried to recover, but Damiere Byrd fumbled the kickoff return, and Florida capitalized with a touchdown. Adam Yates would then connect on a 51-yard field goal to make the score 21-6, in Florida’s favor, at half time.
Fans were hopeful that the Gamecocks would come out strong in the second half, but it was Florida on top still. Omarius Hines scored on an 8-yard scamper, and Driskel would throw his fourth touchdown pass to put Florida up 37-8.
Even though Florida’s offense didn’t gain too many yards, the Gators had big plays when it counted, which helped them win over USC. The Gamecocks were not able to complete half of their passes on the field, and had little more than 100 yards through the air. The defense was strong, but the offense could not take advantage. In the end, fumbling and incompletions cost the Carolina Gamecocks the game.
South Carolina is now ranked 13th in the BCS standings, and 17th in the AP Top 25. Big changes need come if they hope to make up for the losses and beat Tennessee at Williams-Brice Stadium on October 27th at 12:00 PM.