South Carolina unleashed a balanced attack Saturday against Florida, built a lead and then held on to beat the nose-diving Gators, 28-20.
The Gamecocks (7-3, 5-3 in the SEC) picked up 249 passing yards on the arm of QB Jake Bentley and ran for 220 more yards with A.J. Turner leading the way with 136 yards. For the game, South Carolina totaled 449 yards and held Florida to 301.
Despite the SEC East victory, South Carolina stayed put this week in the SEC Country Power Poll. The voters kept the Gamecocks at No. 6. The top five, in order: Alabama, Auburn, Georgia, Mississippi State and LSU.
It was South Carolina coach Will Muschamp’s first win against his former team. Muschamp was 28-21 as head coach of the Gators from 2011 to 2014. Now, the Gators are looking for another head coach after firing Jim McElwain a few weeks ago. Randy Shannon is serving as the team’s interim coach.
“I told our team all week that this team is going to come out and fight and play hard,” said Muschamp, who reunited Saturday with some of his former players. “I know those guys. They represented Florida extremely well today.”
Bentley scored on 1 of his 2 TD runs in the opening quarter, and Mon Denson added a 24-yard scoring run as the Gamecocks jumped out to a 14-0 lead. The Gators (3-6 3-5) trimmed the lead to one score — 28-20 — with 3:43 left in the game and got the ball back with enough time for a last-ditch drive. But South Carolina’s Jamyest Williams picked off Florida QB Feleipe Franks to end the threat.
With its seventh win of the season, the Gamecocks have their most wins since going 7-6 in 2014 (the Steve Spurrier-led program won 11 in back-to-back-to-back seasons from 2011-13).
South Carolina is finished with SEC play. The Gamecocks finish the season the next two weeks at home against Wofford (Nov. 18) and against Clemson (Nov. 25).
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Your Week 11 Power Poll rankings
Results are below:
|1||Alabama (10 – 0)||337||25||1||1||2|
|2||Auburn (8 – 2)||311||1||3||1||3|
|3||Georgia (9 – 1)||288||0||2||2||3|
|4||Mississippi State (7 – 3)||255||0||4||4||5|
|5||LSU (7 – 3)||239||0||5||4||5|
|6||South Carolina (7 – 3)||187||0||6||6||11|
|7||Texas A&M (6 – 4)||173||0||7||6||12|
|8||Kentucky (7 – 3)||161||0||8||6||10|
|9||Missouri (5 – 5)||124||0||10||8||11|
|10||Ole Miss (5 – 5)||114||0||9||8||13|
|11||Florida (3 – 6)||75||0||11||7||13|
|12||Arkansas (4 – 6)||54||0||14||6||14|
|13||Vanderbilt (4 – 6)||30||0||13||10||14|
|14||Tennessee (4 – 6)||18||0||12||12||14|
This week’s voters:
Alex Hickey (SEC Country)
Alex Martin Smith (SEC Country)
Andrew Astleford (SEC Country)
Ben Wolk (SEC Country)
Brandon Walker (SEC Country)
Chip Towers (DawgNation)
Chris Kirschner (SEC Country)
Christopher Walsh (SEC Country)
Eric Bolin (SEC Country)
Joe Mussatto (SEC Country)
Jordan Mcpherson (SEC Country)
Justin Ferguson (SEC Country)
Ken Bradley (SEC Country)
Lauren Shute (SEC Country)
Marq Burnett (SEC Country)
Seth Emerson (DawgNation)
Thomas Neumann (SEC Country)
Trent Shadid (SEC Country)
Zach Abolverdi (SEC Country)
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