Mon Denson and Jake Bentley both ran for a pair of touchdowns and South Carolina (7-3, 5-3 in SEC) held on to beat Florida (3-6, 3-5 in SEC) in Gainesville, Fla., on Saturday.
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South Carolina-Florida recap
South Carolina 28, Florida 20 (4Q, 1:06): South Carolina intercepts a tipped pass by Javon Kinlaw and Williams comes down with the pick and this one is over, folks.
South Carolina 28, Florida 20 (4Q, 1:48): Franks completes a fourth-and-11 pass to Powell for a first down and the Gator drive continues.
South Carolina 28, Florida 20 (4Q, 3:28): Duke Dawson breaks up a third-down pass and the Gators will get the ball back at their own 20 with 3:19 left and one timeout remaining.
South Carolina 28, Florida 20 (4Q, 3:34): After a 63-yard Feleipe Franks pass completion, Mark Thompson scores from the 1 and it’s a one-score game late in the fourth quarter. The Gators have all three timeouts remaining.
South Carolina 28, Florida 13 (3Q, 2:08): Jake Bentley’s 7-yard touchdown run, his second of the game, was No. 4 on the season.
South Carolina 21, Florida 13 (2Q, 1:18): Lamical Perine’s 18-yard touchdown run was the Gators first trip to pay dirt of the afternoon. Florida’s drive went 7 plays for 75 yards in 2:22.
South Carolina 21, Florida 6 (2Q, 3:40): Mon Denson scored his second touchdown of the day on a 12-yard, fourth-down run. He’s carried 5 times for 44 yards.
South Carolina 14, Florida 6 (2Q, 7:47): Eddy Pineiro’s 37-yard field goal cuts the Gamecocks lead to eight.
South Carolina 14, Florida 3 (2Q, 14:02): Eddy Pineiro’s field goal gave the Gators their first points of the game.
South Carolina 14, Florida 0 (1Q, 2:08): Mon Denson scored his first-career touchdown run. The 24-yard touchdown jaunt went right up the gut of Florida’s defense.
South Carolina 7, Florida 0 (1Q, 11:30): Jake Bentley scored his third rushing touchdown of the season, a 3-yard scamper, to give the Gamecocks the first points of the afternoon.
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South Carolina-Florida football preview, picks
South Carolina coach Will Muschamp feels no ill will toward Florida, even if his tenure in Gainesville didn’t end on the best terms.
After accumulating a 28-21 record from 2011 to 2014, Muschamp stepped down as the Gators head coach. He spent 2015 as defensive coordinator at Auburn before taking the head coaching job at South Carolina.
Last season at The Swamp, Florida beat South Carolina, 20-7.
The Gamecocks and Gators are set to face off again on Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium.
“I always will have an affection for Florida,” Muschamp said on Tuesday. “I had a wonderful experience there, regardless of how things ended. I don’t look at things that way. I had a great opportunity.
“It’s a wonderful university. They’ve got a lot of great people there and I have the same feelings at LSU, Texas and Auburn and everywhere else I’ve worked, so that won’t change.”
Muschamp’s successor, Jim McElwain, was released from the job late last month. Interim coach Randy Shannon is set to lead Florida to Columbia for Saturday’s game, which kicks off at noon ET.
In their past two games, the Gators have lost by a combined total of 64 points.
“I told our guys Monday, don’t be fooled by the tape from the last two weeks,” Muschamp said. “Just go back and watch Tennessee. Let’s go back and watch LSU. Let’s go back and watch [Texas] A&M. Let’s go back and watch those game tapes.
Hale McGranahan: South Carolina 28, Florida 14
To me, this game will kind of look like last weekend’s trip to Athens did, but in vice versa. It will be close for about three quarters before South Carolina pulls away in the fourth quarter.
My buddy, Ben Breiner, who works for The State, called it a crockpot game. It’s a long, slow cook, but once it’s all said and done, there’s going to be a mess on the field. This week’s menu: Gator stew.
Sure, Florida has lost its past two games by a combine total of 64 points. And South Carolina should roll with a win over Florida. The Gamecocks will cover the 7-point spread, so that counts as a roll, right?
If you took South Carolina to cover last week, as Mike and I suggested, then you did well. Do it again, take the Gamecocks this weekend, because Florida is struggling.
The Gators don’t have an interim coach. They’re missing too many good players. The quarterbacks are still battling for the starting job, and that’s gotten a ugly at times, allegedly.
This adds up to a South Carolina victory.
Muschamp shared the latest on senior defensive tackle Taylor Stallworth during his call-in show Thursday night.
Stallworth, who was listed as questionable with a “head injury” on Tuesday, has been cleared to play against Florida. Muschamp said Stallworth will start against the Gators.
A starter in all 9 games this season, Stallworth has 27 tackles and 2.5 tackles for loss.
Coming off a loss at Georgia, several South Carolina players were “banged up,” said Muschamp, including senior safety D.J. Smith, who missed practice Tuesday. Smith is also ready to roll Saturday in Williams-Brice Stadium.
“But really, to me, the normal stuff from this time of year,” Muschamp said. “You’re going into your 10th ballgame of the year. We’re pretty banged up, but as far as guys missing the game, everyone that played at Georgia will play in this game.”