CAROLINA GAMEDAY: Gamecocks falls to No. 3 Florida 38-24

CAROLINA GAMEDAY: Gamecocks falls to No. 3 Florida 38-24
South Carolina receiver Shi Smith (13) spins out of a tackle by Florida defensive back Jaydon hill (23) during an NCAA college football game in Gainesville, Fla., Saturday, Oct. 3, 2020. (Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun via AP, Pool) (Source: Brad McClenny)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - South Carolina travels to No. 3 Florida for their first road game of the year.

The Gamecocks have won five of the last 10 games against the Gators. Carolina also looks to defeat a No. 3 team for the second straight year.

We’ll have game updates and the scoring summary here.


FIRST QUARTER

Carolina showed some good balance in the first drive. They started the drive through the air and leaned on the run game to finish it off.

Florida responded with a run-heavy series that was capped with a 2-yard touchdown. But Florida showed exactly how capable they are in the passing game as well utilizing Kyle Pitts. The junior tight end finished the quarter with three catches for 58 yards and a touchdown to give the Gators the lead.

Carolina will have to find ways to get make Trask uncomfortable to slow down the Gators' passing game.

Florida outgained Carolina 139-85 in the quarter.

SECOND QUARTER

A key turnover by the Gators leads to seven points for Carolina. The Gamecocks leaned heavily on the run in the ensuing drive, but it was Shi Smith who capped the drive to get things tied up again.

The Carolina defense has hung tough in this quarter, but Pitts and Trask have been tough to stop. Pitts hauled in another touchdown late in the quarter to put the Gators up 10.

Trask ended the half 14-of-17 passing for 175 yards and two touchdowns.

The Gamecocks were outgained 242-150 in the half.

THIRD QUARTER

Things started to unravel for the Gamecocks early in the quarter.

A fumble and two critical penalties led to Florida’s third touchdown pass of the day. The pass interference call was questionable. The no-call on Florida’s pick that led to the touchdown is also questionable.

Carolina has to find a way to bounce back, but it hasn’t been easy. Florida has scored 24 unanswered points. The Gators only had the ball for five minutes in the third quarter.

FOURTH QUARTER

Thanks to a Parker White field goal and a Kevin Harris touchdown, the Gamecocks got within striking distance. Things just got really interesting.


SCORING SUMMARY

FIRST QUARTER

SC: 2-yard run by Kevin Harris (White kick good), 7-0 Gamecocks (8:04)

FLA: 2-yard run by Dameon Pierce (McPherson kick good), 7-7 (3:45)

FLA: 18-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Trask to Kyle Pitts (McPherson kick good), 14-7 Gators (:06)

SECOND QUARTER

SC: 4-yard pass from Collin Hill to Shi Smith (White kick good), 14-14 (9:31) 14-14

FLA: 26-yard field goal by Evan McPherson, 17-14 Gators (3:31)

FLA: 4-yard pass from Kyle Trask to Kyle Pitta (McPherson kick good), 24-14 Gators (1:22)

THIRD QUARTER

FLA: 4-yard pass from Kyle Trask to Trent Whittemore (McPherson kick good), 31-14 Gators (7:47)

FLA: 57-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Trask to Kadarious Toney (McPherson kick good), 38-14 Gators (4:44)

SC: 45-yard field goal by Parker White, 38-17 Gators (:28)

FOURTH QUARTER

SC: 9-yard pass from Collin Hill to Kevin Harris (White kick good), 38-24 Gators (10:21)

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