One week after being dominated at home by Arkansas, on Homecoming no less, the USC Gamecocks dominated the Florida Gators in the Swamp in a way they seldom have been during the reign of Urban Meyer. The 36-14 final score only partially tells the story of the one-sided nature of this game.
USC came out on offense intent on running the football, even after falling behind 7-0 after the opening kickoff was returned for a touchdown. By the way, USC has now won the last three times it’s given up a touchdown on the opening kickoff. Marcus Lattimore set a school record with 40 carries, and his 212 yards was the 8th best in school history. The Gamecocks finished with a season high 239 rushing yards.
Gamecock quarterback Stephen Garcia did an excellent job managing the gameplan Spurrier and GA Mangus had set out for him. He ran the zone option well when called upon to do so, and he was on target thru the air completing 15 of 22 for 156 yards and zero interceptions.
The Gamecock defense made amends for the poor showing against Arkansas last week by turning back the Gators at every turn. Florida had just two first downs until the fourth quarter. The Gators only offensive touchdown didn’t occur until midway thru the fourth quarter. Florida punted on its first six possessions, then gave the ball up on downs and had an interception on its next three possessions. The Gamecocks held the Gators to a season low 35 rushing yards, and to 226 total yards, their second lowest total of the season, and their lowest in SEC play.
The Gamecocks had three more sacks on the night giving them an SEC leading 35. They also had 7 tackles for loss, forced two turnovers and broke up six passes.