The Florida Gators lost their fifth consecutive game Saturday, falling 28-20 at South Carolina.
The Gamecocks (7-3) led throughout the game and had their highest offensive output of the season, totaling 469 yards. Florida fell to 3-7 on the season and will not play in a bowl for the first time since 2013.
Florida-South Carolina football live updates, scores, analysis
Q4 1:06: South Carolina 28, Florida 20
Florida had one final drive to try and tie the game, but quarterback Feleipe Franks was picked off on third-and-5 to seal the win for the Gamecocks.
Q4 3:43: South Carolina 28, Florida 20
After a missed field-goal attempt by South Carolina’s Parker White, Florida quarterback Feleipe Franks flipped the field with a 63-yard bomb to tight end Moral Stephens. Running back Mark Thompson scored from a yard out on the following play.
Q3 2:02: South Carolina 28, Florida 13
Florida’s offense couldn’t capitalize on Joseph’s interception, going 3-and-out for the fifth time Saturday. South Carolina scored two and a half minutes later with a six-play, 53-yard drive that was finished off with a 7-yard TD run by QB Jake Bentley.
Q3 6:34: South Carolina 21, Florida 13
Gators linebacker Vosean Joseph ends South Carolina’s second drive of the half with an impressive interception at Florida’s 30-yard line. Joseph missed multiple tackles in this game, but had a huge hit on South Carolina’s Bryan Edwards and now comes down with a pick. It’s been an up-and-down performance by the sophomore linebacker.
End Q2: South Carolina 21, Florida 13
After gaining just 48 yards of offense through the first 15 minutes, the Gators found some success in the second quarter (128 yards) and outscored South Carolina 13-7. However, the Gamecocks gained 263 yards in the first half and their running back (A.J. Turner) is averaging 9.4 yards per carry.
Q2 1:18: South Carolina 21, Florida 13
Welp, I did not expect more than 30 points to be scored in the first half. The Gators make it a one-score game again with their first touchdown drive of the afternoon. Backup quarterback Feleipe Franks marched the offense 75 yards in seven plays, including a 17-yard pass to Brandon Powell on fourth-and-7. Running back Lamical Perine scored two plays later on an 18-yard run.
Q2 3:40: South Carolina 21, Florida 6
The Gamecocks responded to Florida’s second field goal with an eight-play, 75-yard touchdown drive, regaining the momentum and a comfortable lead. South Carolina drove into the red zone, but came up a yard short of the first-down marker on third-and-9. Will Muschamp decided to go for it and paid off with a 12-yard TD run by Mon Denson.
Q2 7:47: South Carolina 14, Florida 6
It’s now a one-score game following Eddy Pineiro’s 37-yard field goal. The Gators drove 46 yards in seven plays on the series, highlighted by a 23-yard run from Malik Zaire. The Florida quarterback was shaken up on the play and came out for a snap, then re-entered the game and went down with what looked like a knee injury. Feleipe Franks replaced him in the starting lineup.
Q2 14:02: South Carolina 14, Florida 3
The Gators are on the board after a 29-yard field goal by Eddy Pineiro. Florida took over inside South Carolina territory and drove into the red zone after a 23-yard pass from Malik Zaire to Kadarius Toney, but the offense stalled in the red zone and settled for 3 points.
End Q1: South Carolina 14, Florida 0
The Gamecocks are outgaining the Gators 168-48. Florida has 4 rushing yards and went 1-for-5 on third-down conversations. However, the offense will start the second quarter inside the red zone after Damani Staley fumbled on his punt return.
Q1 2:02, South Carolina 14, Florida 0
The Gamecocks take control of the game late in the first quarter with another impressive run by A.J. Turner. This time, however, he didn’t run over any defenders. Turner made it through the line of scrimmage untouched and scored from 24 yards out.
Q1 8:55, South Carolina 7, Florida 0
Following another punt by the Gators, C.J. Henderson intercepted his fourth pass of the season and had room to run for a potential pick-6. But the freshman cornerback fumbled at the 1-yard line and South Carolina RB A.J. Turner recovered the ball, returning it to the 24-yard line.
Q1 11:30, South Carolina 7, Florida 0
After a 3-and-out by Florida, the Gamecocks scored on their first possession with a seven-play, 74-yard touchdown drive. South Carolina running back A.J. Turner kick-started the series with a 27-yard run, breaking two tackles on the play. Starting quarterback Jake Bentley completed passes of 23 and 26 yards before finding the end zone on a 4-yard run.
Q1 15:00, Florida 0, South Carolina 0
Florida wins the toss and elects to receive. Kickoff is moments away.
What time is the Florida-South Carolina football game?
Time: The Florida-South Carolina game is scheduled for Noon ET.
Location: The Florida-South Carolina game is set to be played in Williams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C.
Odds: South Carolina is a -5.5 favorite over Florida.
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The Florida-South Carolina game will kickoff on CBS at Noon ET.
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Florida-South Carolina football game preview, predictions
Florida beat writers Zach Abolverdi, Jordan McPherson and Ryan Young make their predictions for how the game on Saturday will unfold.
Abolverdi: It’s understandable why Gamecocks are favored
Believe it or not, Florida has a better offense and defense than South Carolina.
At least that’s what the stats say heading into the matchup between the Gators and Gamecocks. But anyone who watched both teams play last Saturday can understand why South Carolina is favored to win.
Florida’s season has been on a downward spiral since the homecoming loss to LSU, and the Gators were blown out in their last two games. The Gamecocks, meanwhile, jumped out to a 6-2 start before falling 24-10 to the nation’s No. 1 team.
Despite that loss to Georgia, South Carolina coach Will Muschamp has the Gamecocks trending up as a program and has an established quarterback in Jake Bentley. The Gators have fallen off this season and still haven’t solved their problems at QB.
Bentley should have success in the passing game against the UF secondary and South Carolina’s defensive scheme will cause fits for Florida.
McPherson: Will Muschamp will have his day
Florida is slowly slipping into 2013 territory here. A four-game losing streak surrounds a Gators team that is without its coach and is on the verge of potentially going 3-8.
If the Gators want to stop that from happening, they’ll need to find a way to beat their former coach in Will Muschamp, who has brought the South Carolina program to life in 2017. The Gamecocks are bowl eligible with three games left, their offense has made plays when they were needed.
Florida, on the other hand, has been outscored 123-56 over the last four games, capped by a 45-16 thrashing by Missouri in which the team had a noticeable lack of effort. That needs to be fixed immediately if Florida wants any hope of winning on Saturday.
If the Gators figure out a way to regroup and put everything that has impacted them this season in the rearview mirror, they could surprise and pull off the unexpected win.
In the end, though, I think Will Muschamp will have his day.
South Carolina, 30-14.
Young: It’s hard to see things changing Saturday
The real unknown here is whether Florida comes to play, whether linebacker David Reese’s comments resonated with his teammates, and whether this team can commit to these final few games.
It wasn’t there last week at Missouri and it resulted in a 29-point loss. The Gators won’t be able to sleep through this trip to South Carolina, either. The Gamecocks lost their best player (Deebo Samuel) early in the season, but they’ve turned the corner in their rebuild under second-year coach Will Muschamp — who is going to want very much to get a win over his former program.
Sticking with quarterback Malik Zaire was the right move for Florida. He at least brought some downfield passing element to the Gators, but there’s still so much missing.
The play calling remains the same issue it’s been for so long and now the defense isn’t there to cover for the offense.
It’s hard to see things changing Saturday. I’m taking South Carolina, 24-21.