Pardon the distraction for Gamecock fans as they kept one eye, and at the end both eyes, on Auburn’s win over Georgia. In fact, the final play was shown on the big screen in the stadium during a timeout attracting the attention of players on both sidelines. Meanwhile, Florida was taking it to the Gamecocks.
USC came out of the gate moving the football. Connor Shaw hit Damiere Byrd with a 39 yard pass and Mike Davis runs 23 yards to get the ball to the Florida 5. The Gamecocks would reach the 2 but on third down Shaw was thrown for a 5 yard loss. Elliott Fry came on and booted a 25 yard field goal for a 3-0 lead.
The Gators answered with a 67 yard drive in 11 plays, 10 of them on the ground. Freshman Kelvin Taylor capped the drive with a 20 yard scoring run to give the Gators a 7-3 lead.