Recap: Florida vs. So Carolina
Gainesville, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - The South Carolina Gamecocks rallied behind a couple of key special teams plays to knock off Florida in overtime, 23-20, in a clash between SEC Eastern Division foes at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
Dylan Thompson threw for 206 yards and ran for a touchdown for the Gamecocks (5-5, 3-5 SEC), who were coming off a bye and had lost four of their previous five contests.
The Gators (5-4, 4-4) entered the day seeking a third straight win to become bowl eligible, and they appeared well on their way until a fourth-quarter blocked punt and then a blocked field goal changed the complexion of the game. Treon Harris ran for a game-high 111 yards, although he completed only 5-of-11 passes for 60 yards and a score.
South Carolina took the opening kickoff and marched 85 yards in eight plays, and Brandon Wilds capped the drive with a 20-yard touchdown run.
The Gamecocks' next possession lasted 15 plays and more than eight minutes, but they had to settle for a 31-yard field goal by Elliott Fry for a 10-0 lead.
Florida got on the scoreboard with a 34-yard field goal by Francisco Velez midway through the second quarter.
The Gators tied the score at 10-10 in the final seconds of the half when Harris found Demarcus Robinson for an 11-yard touchdown.
Matt Jones gave Florida its first lead at the 1:56 mark of the third quarter on a one-yard plunge, which capped a 10-play, 71-yard drive.
The Gators had a chance to take a two-possession lead with three and a half minutes left in regulation, but Velez had a 32-yard field goal attempt blocked by Brison Williams.
Florida went three and out on its next series, and Kyle Christy's punt was blocked by Carlton Heard as South Carolina took over at the Gators 34 with 39 seconds remaining in regulation.
The Gators quickly moved the ball down to the 2-yard line following a 27-yard completion and a defensive pass interference. Davis then took an option pitch, fumbled, picked it up and scored with 12 seconds on the clock to force overtime.
After Florida settled for a field goal on its first overtime possession, Thompson punched it into the end zone on a four-yard keeper to complete the Gamecocks' improbable comeback.
The Gamecocks notched their first SEC win since Sept. 20 at Vanderbilt.Game Notes