Florida's offense gave its defense a chance in the fourth quarter, and then its defense gave its offense a chance. But South Carolina's defense and offense, given their own late chances, took advantage of them to earn a 17-12 win that keeps the Gamecocks alive in the SEC East race.
Connor Shaw ran for 88 yards and two touchdowns, and ran a read option offense with Brandon Wilds (120 rushing yards) beautifully as South Carolina wore down a Florida defense that could do very little and was repeatedly put in tough situations by the Gators' anemic offense. Ace Sanders hauled in a 46-yard pass that was the longest play by the Gamecocks on the day.
John Brantley tried to lead that unit to its first win over a ranked team this season, but threw for just 119 yards and was hung out to dry by a leaky line. Chris Rainey fared far better on the ground, running for 132 yards to lead the Gators, and he added 31 receiving yards.
But Brantley and the Gators couldn't engineer more than one touchdown drive, and a sack ended their unlikely comeback attempt in the fourth quarter. The loss means Florida will have a losing SEC record for the first time since the conference moved to divisional play, and the win gives South Carolina a chance at the SEC East title, if Georgia loses today against Auburn.
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