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Breaking Down South Carolina at Florida

Posted on 12 November 2014 by Allen


Coming off their second bye week of the season, the South Carolina Gamecocks (4-5, 2-5 SEC) get back into action
this week when they head to “The Swamp” to take on the Florida Gators (5-3, 4-3 SEC) in the final SEC contest of the 2014 season. Game time is set for noon ET at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium (88,548) in Gainesville. The SEC Network will televise the game nationally, with Dave Neal and Andre Ware in the booth and Laura Rutledge working
the sidelines. Sports USA has the national radio broadcast with Mike Morgan and Gary Barnett
describing the action.

This is the 35th meeting in a series that dates back to 1911. The Gators lead the all-time series, 24-7-3, including a 13-1 advantage in Gainesville. The Gamecocks have won three of the last four contests between the two squads after losing 18 of the previous 19 meetings. South Carolina won for the first time ever in Gainesville in 2010, 36-14, with the SEC Eastern Division title on the line.

Steve Spurrier owns a 4-5 record against his alma mater including a 1-3 mark in Gainesville. The first time he was on the opposing sideline, Spurrier defeated the Gators at Williams-Brice Stadium by a 30-22 score in 2005.
After four straight losses, he and the Gamecocks won in Gainesville by a 36-14 score for the SEC Eastern Division title in 2010. Carolina made it two straight with a 17-12 win in 2011 in Columbia. Florida won in 2012, the last time they met in Gainesville, by a 44-11 score. The Gamecockswon for the third time in four years with a 19-14
victory in Columbia last season.

The No. 11/12 Gamecocks rallied from a 14-6 halftime deficit to defeat the Florida Gators, 19-14, on November
16, 2013 at Williams-Brice Stadium in front of a home season-high crowd of 83,853. Elliott Fry booted a career-high four field goals and littleused tailback Shon Carson rushed for 102 yards on 13 carries, including a key fourth-quarter 58-yard burst that led to the game-winning points. Bruce Ellington scored Carolina’s only TD on
a 32-yard pass from Connor Shaw in the third quarter. The Gamecock defense pitched a shutout in the second half, holding the Gators to 130 total yards over the final two periods.

South Carolina is 1-2 on the road this season with two road games remaining, but are 13-7 in their last 20 true road contests. Five of the seven road losses in that stretch came to teams ranked in the top 11 in the country: at
No. 8 Arkansas in 2011, at No. 9 LSU and No. 3 Florida in 2012, at No. 11 Georgia in 2013, and at No. 5 Auburn this season. They have also lost to a pair of unranked teams in Tennessee (2013) and Kentucky (2014).

The Gamecocks have three regular season games remaining – at Florida, vs.South Alabama and at Clemson. They need two wins to secure their 10th-straight bowl eligible season. The Gamecocks have been a strong closer of late. They won the final four games of the 2011 season, the final five games of the 2012 season and a school-best six-consecutive wins to close the 2013 season.

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