The Swamp, Gainesville FL: Steve Spurrier was in the house Saturday at the Swamp as Florida took on USC, and he had to be pleased by what he saw in the first half from his former team. The Gators that is. Billy Napier, who was a candidate for the USC job that went to Shane Beamer, showed Spurrier his offensive prowess dialing up one successful play after another as the Gators rolled to a 38-6 win in front of a full house on Senior Night in Gainesville.
The Gators put the Gamecocks asleep quickly scoring on their first four possessions for a 24-0 lead. They outgained the Gamecocks in the first half 362-112 with USC’s only points coming on a fake punt pass of 48 yards from Kai Kroeger to Dakereon Joyner. 281 of those Florida yards in the first 30 minutes came on the ground as the Gators averaged over 10 yards per rush.
Two Florida running backs rushed for over 100 yards, and quarterback Anthony Richardson finished with 96 rushing yards. The Gators finished with 374 rushing yards, the most allowed this season by the Gamecocks.
As if the first 30 minutes weren’t bad enough for USC, the first five minutes of the second half were a complete disaster. Each of their first three possessions ended with a lost fumble at the end of a play. To their credit, the Gamecocks only gave up one touchdown from those three turnovers, but that was enough to nullify any chance of a second half comeback.
To their discredit, the Gamecocks played an overall awful game. On top of the three turnovers, they were penalized 11 times for 82 yards. They managed only 237 total yards, their seond lowest output of the season. Their lone bright spot was the play of the special teams. The Gamecocks faked a punt and scored a touchdown, blocked a field goal and returned a punt 37 yards.
The Gamecocks fall to 6-4 overall on the season and 3-4 in the SEC. They will host Tennessee next Saturday night with a 7:00 PM kickoff on ESPN before traveling to Clemson to close out the regular season.