Gamecocks defeat Florida Gators soundly, put 40 points on the board

Published: Nov. 6, 2021 at 9:11 PM EDT|Updated: Nov. 7, 2021 at 12:02 PM EST
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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS) - South Carolina came off their bye week to take on the Florida Gators in Columbia.

The Gamecocks haven’t beaten the Gators since 2017. That changed dramatically Saturday night.

Both SEC teams entered the game with 4-4 records hoping to stay alive in the toughest division in college football.

The Gamecock’s biggest story entering the match -- super senior quarterback Zeb Noland was not active in tonight’s game. Instead, it was the fifth-year signal-caller Jason Brown leading the offense of the Gamecocks.

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The Gamecock defense came to play out of the gates, immediately stopping the Gators on their first drive and forcing a punt. The offense responded, driving a length of the field and putting 3 on the board with a Parker White field goal.

On the ensuing Gator possession, they wasted no time getting back into the game. Quarterback Emory Jones completed a monster pass to Justin Shorter for 52 yards. This set up a Shorter to Xzavier Henderson 12-yard touchdown catch. Gators led 7-3 in the middle of the first.

Sure enough, the Gamecock offense responded. ZaQuandre White burst for a 54-yard run setting up a 2-yard JuJu McDowell touchdown run. The Gamecocks led 10-7 at the end of the first.

Florida would even the score early in the second with a 30-yard Chris Howard field goal.

The theme of the game through the early second? Big plays on offense.

That proved true yet again on the first Gamecock drive of the quarter.

Kevin Harris stiff-armed his way down the sideline for a run of 39 yards, putting the Gamecocks into Parker White’s field goal territory. He drilled the 35-yard field goal. 13-10 midway through the second, South Carolina.

Jason Brown and Josh Vann went to work in the second. Two huge plays, a 50-yard completion from Brown to Vann, followed by a 24-yard touchdown between the two put the Gamecocks up by 10.

South Carolina marched down the field yet again before the half, setting up a 40-yard White field goal again.

With only about a minute in the half... Emory Jones had the ball knocked out by defensive end Aaron Sterling. The ball was recovered by South Carolina’s Jabari Ellis who ran the ball in all the way for a touchdown.

30-10, Gamecocks at the half.

After a pair of defensive stops by both teams, the Gamecocks broke through and put 3 more on the board with yet another White field goal. But it didn’t stop there.

On the next South Carolina possession, they began to pour it on, with yet another touchdown. Brown completed an 8-yard pass to Jaheim Bell, boosting the lead 40-10.

Late in the third, the Gators tried to stay alive as Jones pass completed a 9-yard touchdown pass to Rick Wells to cut into the lead just a bit. 40-17 Gamecocks.

Flordia got the ball back with another shot to cut into the lead, but Gamecock corner Cam Smith put an end to that shot quickly intercepting Jones on an incredible pick, looking like the receiver on the play.

The Gamecocks won with a final of 40-17.

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