When No. 23 South Carolina rolled into the Swamp to take on the No. 22 Florida Gators, the Gamecocks were looking to beat the Gators for only the second time in their past in 19 meetings. Not only that, the winner of this game would win the SEC East and head to the conference championship game in Atlanta.
The Gators have been trying to find some kind of identity on offense this entire 2010 College Football season, but on Saturday night, South Carolina would be the next team to halt the Gators offense and head coach Steve Spurrier and his squad left the swamp with a 36-14 win.
The win was the second for Spurrier over Florida since he became the head coach at South Carolina. Now, Florida sits at 6-4 and finished 4-4 in SEC play, the first time since divisional play started 19 years ago.
From the very beginning, it looked as though Florida would have all the momentum after Andre Debose returned the opening kickoff 99 yards to put Florida ahead 7-0. But then came the Gamecocks.
South Carolina would march right back and got on the board after Spencer Lanning hit his first of three field goals in the first half. Marcus Lattimore then scored on a 7-yard run to give the Gamecocks the lead for good.
After coming out of halftime with a 15-7 lead, South Carolina would not let off the gas and had a 29-7 lead midway through the final quarter and were on their way to the win. Chris Rainey would score on a 26-yard pass for Florida which was their only offensive touchdown of the game.
The Gamecocks held the Gators’ offense in check all game. Florida had the ball for just over 19 minutes the entire game and managed only 226 total yards. They could not get anything going on the ground and gained only 35 yards rushing. On the flip side, South Carolina gained 395 yards and had the ball for almost 41 minutes. They also went without turning the ball over. Florida managed to do it twice in the loss. Florida head coach Urban Meyer summed up his team’s performancce quite simply.
“We just didn’t execute,” Meyer said. “We’re just not very good.”
Now, South Carolina will head to the 2010 SEC Championship Game on December 4 and will face undefeated Auburn.