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Gamecocks keep SEC Championship hopes alive, keep pressure on Missouri

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It was a real struggle, but South Carolina (8-2, 6-2 SEC) managed to find their way to a home victory over Florida (4-5, 3-4 SEC) in SEC play Saturday night in Columbia. With the win, the Gamecocks keep the pressure on Missouri (9-1, 5-1 SEC) coming down the stretch of the regular season.

Florida’s defense gave it a valiant effort against the Gamecocks but a lack of offensive fire power proved to be the downfall for the Gators. Florida was shut out in the second half, allowing South Carolina to make some big plays to rally from a halftime deficit to hold on for the win. With almost nothing to lose with just under five minutes to play, Florida faked a punt on their side of the field on 4th and 13, and it nearly worked but a pass fell incomplete as the Gamecocks pulled through.

South Carolina’s Connor Shaw passed for 213 yards and a touchdown and avoided throwing an interception in the game. The SEC’s leading rusher, Mike Davis, was limited in his production with just 54 yards. Davis was limited in the second half as well after getting banged up. Florida used Skyler Mornhinweg to try and simply manage the offense that relied heavily on the running game. The few times Mornhinweg was asked to throw he was efficient, but he was unable to rise to the occasion when Florida needed to open things up and move down field, trailing by five points with 2:16 to play. Trying to roll out and extend a play with his feet, Mornhingweg made a costly error by throwing down field. The pass was hauled in by South Carolina’s Jimmy Legree and the Gamecocks worked the clock down to triple zeroes.

South Carolina remains one game back of Missouri in the loss column. With South Carolina now done with SEC play for the season, it is up to Missouri to win their final two games of the year against Ole Miss next week and Texas A&M in the season finale. One loss will drop Missouri in to no better than a tie with South Carolina. By virtue of South Carolina’s head-to-head win a few weeks back, the Gamecocks would go to Atlanta to face Alabama or Auburn in the SEC Championship game.

Florida is now in the difficult situation of having to win their final two games just to be eligible for the postseason. Next week Florida will host Georgia Southern and should be able to pick up the win in that one no matter who is or is not available to play. The steep climb to the postseason will come in the season finale at home against Florida State.

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20 Responses to “Gamecocks keep SEC Championship hopes alive, keep pressure on Missouri”
  1. floridacock says: Nov 16, 2013 10:33 PM

    Better to be lucky than good sometimes. At least we won, but give Florida credit. They gave everything they had in this one. Good win.

  2. lastdukestreetking says: Nov 16, 2013 10:45 PM

    Aren’t the Gators 4-6 now? Not 4-5.

  3. thefiesty1 says: Nov 16, 2013 10:53 PM

    Everybody hurt this year. Give Boom credit. It’s not like Auburn last year.

  4. florida727 says: Nov 16, 2013 11:12 PM

    Man, I’d love to use injuries as an excuse, but you know what? This is sports. Everybody has injuries to key people. That’s why you recruit DEPTH. Yeah, I know, I saw the graphic too: only 5 players have started every game this season for the Gators. So what. I do not like the job Muschamp is doing. 11-2 last year in a so-called “rebuilding year”, and now not even a bowl game. That’ll be made official in 2 weeks when FSU kicks our collective @$$es. Charlie Strong, please come back!

  5. v2the4 says: Nov 16, 2013 11:51 PM

    big ups to you florida727 for being a realist and not a homer….I see people on twitter blaming Urban Meyer, who left four years ago, for Florida’s current debacle

    I bet Muschamp regrets the decision to start Jeff Driskel over Jacoby Brisett and allow him to transfer now

  6. asspantz says: Nov 17, 2013 12:00 AM

    I hate to nitpick but the final score would be nice.

  7. sssjim7 says: Nov 17, 2013 12:46 AM

    I am thinking a USC vs Auburn SEC championship right now…

    Just my .02
    ~Jim

  8. Anoesis says: Nov 17, 2013 1:20 AM

    I hope Missouri wins out as they would give Alabama/Auburn a better game. Plus I think they’re more deserving. I haven’t been impressed by SoCar at all.

  9. modhairken says: Nov 17, 2013 1:36 AM

    I want to throw up. My fellow Gators are now texting me are upbeat because the football team “did not quit” and “played hard.” Is that now the standard? Fu rst losing season since Jimmy Carter was in office. First missed bowl game since cell phones were the size of Muschamp’s head.

    You paying attention Foley? Don’t bring this guy back and let him be our Lane Kiffin. We’re already losing recruits.

    And don’t give me injuries. Driskell getting hurt helped. Plus, we’re top 5 recruiting every year. See a connection between coaching incompetence? I do. This guy is not as good as Zook. Don’t turn us into Georgia.

  10. boomgrounder says: Nov 17, 2013 3:00 AM

    Willie MuskRat goes and punches a chalkboard after his team loses their 5th straight game and he tells the Gator fans to “Get a Grip” during his postgame press conference. This guy is in way over his head. It’s time for him to go back to his hole!

  11. jonkybon says: Nov 17, 2013 8:08 AM

    What division 1 school with a winning record and their starting QB have the cocks beaten this year?

    What is the Cocks record against the spread? 3-7 or 2-8?

    They’re only in contention because they play the NCAA’s easiest schedule this year and have had the fortune to play the only winning team on their schedule using a backup QB (Mizzou). Yet they have a chance to back into the Championship game. That’s the seC. Least for you.

  12. modhairken says: Nov 17, 2013 10:11 AM

    Wait — after Georgia, Muschamp yells at a fan who boos him, “why don’t you come down here?”

    Now, he punches a chalkboard, to the point where his fist is bloodied and bandaged?

    Muschamp is at best a hothead, and at worst, mentally unstable. Just who I want coaching my son. The team reflects the Coach with the numerous penalties and boneheaded plays.

    Foley, if you bring him back, we are going to lose some of the 2014 recruits. Muschamp has no chance of hiring a decent OC because no one wants to risk coming here for one year.

    If Muschamp comes back, Florida will be mediocre next year. Then, Muschamp will have to be fired. But, the program will be one more year down, one year less favorable with this generation of recruits.

    This has gone from a down season to a tipping point. This is the lowest Florida football has been since 1988.

    Foley, how can you look the other way? Be honest. Is the 3 year body of work worthy of a fourth?

    We are not Georgia. We are not Kentucky. We are not Mississippi. This is not our standard.

  13. jets12 says: Nov 17, 2013 10:14 AM

    Yeah just like South Carolina beat clemson last year with a back up quarterback, a back up running back, and a back up left tackle.

  14. classyjacklambert says: Nov 17, 2013 10:26 AM

    South Carolina really looks overrated at #10 right now, but I do think they are a dangerous top 25 football team all the same and should not be slept on.

  15. jets12 says: Nov 17, 2013 10:36 AM

    They may be overrated and I will be the first admit that they are inconsistent. But I also think there are several teams that are overrated at this point. Don’t think it maters much as I think there are probably only three, or at the most four, teams that are national championship caliber.

  16. cuckflemson says: Nov 17, 2013 10:41 AM

    A Clemson fan talking about strength of schedule? Now that is cute.

  17. onlyoneleft says: Nov 17, 2013 11:41 AM

    Duke would own the SEC east.

  18. gatorfan1 says: Nov 17, 2013 12:13 PM

    modhairken:

    When first reading your posts I really thought it was Muschamp your posts were directed at. But, after reading this latest post, I’ve come to realize it is Foley that you are going after and personally don’t like.

    It is apparent that somehow or someway you have daily contact with Foley and can’t stand him! For you it’s about Foley not Muschamp, you’re just using the Muschamp situation as a cover to hammer Foley. Interesting.

  19. modhairken says: Nov 17, 2013 2:17 PM

    Gatorfan1

    I don’t dislike Foley. I just believe that Muschmp is an average coach at best, and his temperament is becoming a problem. I also believe that we are going to be in the same position next year, if Muschamp comes back, and therefore, it will just make it harder to get back on top when we get a better coach.

  20. onlyoneleft says: Nov 17, 2013 3:24 PM

    hey sssjim7 says:
    Nov 17, 2013 12:46 AM
    I am thinking a USC vs Auburn SEC championship right now…

    USC does not play in the SEC

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