Florida Gators 44 – South Carolina Gamecocks 11; Gators Take Control Of SEC East In Big Victory

With a 44-11 win over the South Carolina Gamecocks, the Florida Gators took control of the SEC East. At 7-0 (6-0 SEC), the Gators have two more conference games to get through before a possible trip to Atlanta for the SEC Championship Game. It seemed a year away before the 2012 season began, but after seven games, it’s now a very real possibility.

Florida Gators Fans

Watching the first half, you felt that the Gators had control of the game despite a (beyond) subpar offensive performance. It was an odd feeling, but when the Gators entered the locker room leading 21-6, there was a definite aura of victory. While Florida wasn’t moving the ball particularly well, they were winning by two scores and the defense was playing up to its high expectations. If you told me a team with 29 total yards of offense could lead a football game by 15 after 30 minutes of play, I would have told you that you were out of your mind. But you would have been right and that’s all that matters.

The second half was more kind to the Gators offense. Although, after 60 minutes, Florida was still outgained. The Gators scored an unfathomable 44 points on 181 total yards. Turnovers and special teams will do that for you though. And it doesn’t hurt to have a ridiculously unbelievable statline like this one…

Jeff Driskel – 11/16, 93 yards, 4 touchdowns, 0 interceptions

Amazed? Well, here were the numbers at the half…

Jeff Driskel – 5/7, 15 yards, 3 touchdowns, 0 interceptions

The Gators have passed for less than 100 yards in three-straight games for the first time since before Steve Spurrier roamed the home team’s sidelines. They have also won all three of those games and two against top-10 teams. I’ll say that again to be sure you’ve heard me. The Gators have won three-straight games–two against top-10 teams–while passing for less than 100 yards in each.

In this one, they didn’t run it particular well either. That’s saying something for South Carolina’s defense and not necessarily a lack of production from Florida. The Gators had trouble blocking the Gamecocks front four to no surprise to anyone. It’s a talented South Carolina defense, but Florida managed to do enough to win. I would say just enough by looking at the stats, but then I glance at the final score. A 33-point win classifies as much more than “just enough.”

There you have it Gators fans. Another win–the seventh off the season. During Will Muschamp’s first season as head coach, the Gators won a total of seven games and needed the bowl game to hit that mark. This time around, it took seven games to get to seven. If you’re out tonight celebrating the victory, go ahead and order yourself a seven and seven. You deserve it. We all do. But the biggest congrats goes to the Florida Gators; our Florida Gators. 7-0 is so sweet and it’s always great to be a Florida Gator.

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7 Responses to Florida Gators 44 – South Carolina Gamecocks 11; Gators Take Control Of SEC East In Big Victory

  1. armygator says:

    I went up to SC this weekend to hunt. I was amazed to see the number of vehicles with the SC flag waving in the windows driving down I-95 towards FL (I didn’t see any of those flags on my way back to FL on Sunday, haha). I thought the game started at 6 pm (beer might have un-focused me a little bit) and I could get my evening hunt in and catch the end of the game. As I was heading out, we stopped by the main cabin, and I saw the Gator game was already on. I almost didn’t go out. Glad I did though. Got a nice 8-point and the Gators won. Thank God for DVR!

  2. Denton Fisk says:

    Gamecocks gave away the store on that one. The Gamecocks beat the Gators in rushing, passing, total yards, and first downs. The Gators got 21 gift points to start the game and possessed the ball for 10 minutes more than the Gamecocks. It was a fluke. If I was a Gator, I would be thankful for the fluff schedule and getting the hard teams at home. LSU’s quarterback is still learning the game. Gamecocks gave the Gators the game. Georgia and FSU will still beat the Gators so the celebration is temporary.

    • A fluke? Come on. A fluke is when a few things don’t go a team’s way and they lose by 3. Not when they lose by 33. I completely admit that the Gators offense was contained for much of the game, just like the Gamecocks offense was. But the thing is, more than just the offenses play the games. It really doesn’t matter if South Carolina had more yards or first downs, they had 11 points; Florida had 44.

      Sorry, but that’s just sour grapes. From an offensive perspective, it was an ugly game. That has to do with the fact that these are two GREAT defenses. The Gamecocks may have given the Gators some points, but not 44.

      A win is a win and a loss is a loss. And fluff schedules? Really? It’s the SEC. The Gators haven’t had the home aura about them for 2 seasons now. South Carolina had no problem in Gainesville in 2010.

      I’m usually a very reserved Gators fan, but you’re really stretching with most of that. Again, fluke games don’t result in 33-point losses.

      As for Georgia, South Carolina took them to the woodshed, why can’t Florida do the same (remember, UGA struggled with Kentucky). As for FSU, remember NC State?

      I’m not saying Florida will go undefeated and I’m just as surprised as any other fan that they’re 7-0 (6-0 SEC), but they are and I will celebrate…even if it’s short-lived.

  3. Daniel Cowen says:

    Defense win’s CHAMPIONSHIP’S,not offense! But my GATORS get better every game. The offense will soon enough catch up and we’ll be unbeatable! Bring on the classless dawgs! This upcomming game will be the start of another 13 game stretch for the gators! GO GATORS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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