Florida Gators at No. 13 South Carolina Gameday

By Adam Silverstein
November 12, 2011

Location: Williams-Brice Stadium – Columbia, SC [Capacity: 80,250]
Weather Forecast: 57°F, sunny, winds SSW at 6 mph
Time: 12:00 p.m. (ET)

TV: CBS/CBSHD
SiriusXM: 220/199
Online Video: CBSSports.com
Live Updates: @OnlyGators

FLORIDA GATORS (13) SOUTH CAROLINA
Head Coach: Will Muschamp Head Coach: Steve Spurrier
Record: 5-4 (3-4) Record: 7-2 (5-2)
Conference: Southeastern Conference: Southeastern
Roster | Schedule Roster | Schedule

Odds: Florida +3; O/U 40

HOMEWORK

Need to catch up on the Gators before week four action? No problem. OGGOA has been here all week compiling a ton of information so you can do your homework on the team before its next exam Saturday afternoon at 12:00 p.m.

Story: Florida’s The Hawk belt motivates defenders

Muschamp’s presser | Weis comments on offense | Muschamp’s update

HISTORY and STREAKS
» Florida leads the all-time series against South Carolina 23-5-3 and holds a 10-4-1 advantage in games played in Columbia, SC. Before falling to USC in 2010, UF had won four-straight contests and 18 of 19 dating back to 1964.
» This will be the first time since 2004 that the Gators are not ranked when playing the Gamecocks. South Carolina has never faced Florida when the former was ranked and the latter was not.
» Spurrier led UF as head coach from 1990-2001, picking up six SEC titles and a national championship. He was also the 1966 Heisman Trophy winner and played for the Gators from 1964-66.
» Spurrier is 2-4 when facing his former team.
» South Carolina will be the fifth ranked opponent that Florida has faced. The Gators are 0-4 against such teams and will have played four of the five games away from home.
» The Gamecocks are holding homecoming this weekend.
» South Carolina can clinch the SEC East if they defeat UF and Georgia falls to Auburn. Should they beat the Gators on Saturday, it will be the first time they have gone undefeated in the SEC East in school history.
» Florida is 5-0 when outrushing their opponent but 0-4 when being outrushed.
» The Gators are last in the nation in penalties, committing 78 in nine games. Florida has lost/given up 584 yards due to those miscues. Those numbers average out to UF committing 8.67 penalties per game for 64.89 yards.
» In their five victories, the Gators are outscoring opponents 54-3 in the first quarter, while in their losses they have been outscored 31-17. UF has also scored on their opening drive in four of nine games.
» Florida has half as many upperclassmen (19 seniors, 14 juniors) as they do underclassmen (33 sophomores, 33 freshmen) on the roster the season.
» Fourteen different Gators made their first career start this season including five freshmen and three redshirt freshmen; 15 total have seen action this year.
» UF’s offense has struggled as of late, and Florida has had major problems putting the ball in the end zone. The Gators have scored points in 25 of 36 quarters this season and touchdowns in only 19 of those quarters.
» Florida is No. 14 nationally and fifth in the SEC in total defense (306.1 yards per game). The Gators are also No. 20 nationally and fourth in the SEC in scoring defense (19.7 points per game).
» UF’s pass defense is allowing just 182.8 yards per game, good for fourth in the SEC and 11th nationally.
» The Gators’ defense is seventh in the nation in preventing third-down conversions, allowing just 30.3 percent of those attempted to be successful.
» Florida’s defense has forced the most turnovers in the SEC (312) since 2000. UF also has the most interceptions in the nation (73) since 2008.
» The Gators and Gamecocks lead one another in a pair of major statistical categories. Florida tops South Carolina in national averages of passing yards 189.3-179.8 (92nd-98th) and points against 19.7-20.1 (20th-24th), while USC leads UF in rushing yards 188.3-156.4 (36th-62nd) and points scored 29.9-26.0 (50th-72nd). The teams have played five common opponents, each defeating Tennessee, Kentucky and Vanderbilt and falling to Auburn. The Gamecocks, however, defeated Georgia 45-42, while the Gators fell 24-20.

LAST TIME OUT

Riding a pair of victories, Florida hoped to continue its momentum at home against South Carolina. The Gators wound up falling 36-14 to the Gamecocks in a game that saw Steve Spurrier lead his team to its first SEC East title while winning in The Swamp for the first time as a visitor. Things looked promising for UF early when Andre Debose returned the opening kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown, but South Carolina ran the ball down Florida’s collective throats with Marcus Lattimore carrying the rock 40 times for 212 yards and three touchdowns. The Gators accounted for just 226 total yards in the game and did not register a single point on offense until late in the fourth quarter.

INJURIES / ABSENCES
[EXPAND Click to expand and view the injury report and who to keep an eye on.]FLORIDA
» Probable: Redshirt senior quarterback John Brantley (arm), redshirt senior running back Chris Rainey (ankle), redshirt sophomore Will linebacker Jelani Jenkins (concussion), redshirt freshman tackle Chaz Green (ankle)
» Questionable: Redshirt junior Sam linebacker Lerentee McCray (shoulder)
» Inactive: Redshirt junior cornerback Jeremy Brown (knee)

PLAYERS TO KEEP AN EYE ON

FLORIDA
» Redshirt senior quarterback John Brantley (#12)…who has completed 58.8 percent of his passes (94-of-160) this season for 1,360 yards and six touchdowns but also threw three interceptions including one returned for a score. Brantley had missed 10 quarters of action after injuring his ankle against Alabama but returned with limited health and mobility against Georgia.
» Redshirt senior RB Chris Rainey (#1)…who has 831 yards of total offense this season with five touchdowns (including a punt block return). Rainey is averaging 4.9 yards per carry and 15.3 yards per reception and leads Florida in rushing and receiving this season. He became the first player in school history to have a rushing, receiving and return touchdown in the same game, achieved the school and SEC record for career punt blocks (five), and is the active leader in that category nationally. He also rushed for 100 yards or more in three-straight games, the first UF player to do so since Fred Taylor last accomplished that feat 14 years ago.
» Redshirt sophomore wide receiver Andre Debose (#4)…who jumped to second on the Gators’ receiving list with mirror image 65-yard touchdowns against Alabama and LSU. Fans have been waiting for Debose to emerge for some time, and his 272 receiving yards are the second-best on the team through its first nine games. Additionally, his 22.7 yards per catch is the highest average in the SEC and second nationally.
» Redshirt sophomore tight end Jordan Reed (#11)…who had four receptions for a career-high 69 yards two weeks ago against Georgia. He also caught just the second receiving touchdown of his career that Saturday – his first this season.
» Sophomore safety Matt Elam (#22)…who is the most valuable member of Florida’s secondary in only his second year. He is tied for second on the team in tackles (53) and at one point created turnovers in three-straight games (fumble-INT-INT). His 12 tackles against LSU three weeks ago marked a career high, and his 6.5 tackles for loss this season is second-best on the team.
» Defensive tackles sophomore Dominique Easley (#2) and redshirt senior Jaye Howard (#6)…who have solidified the interior of one of the Gators’ strongest units. Howard is the team’s most experienced player on defense (26 starts), while Easley may be its most dynamic off the snap, with a first-step raved about by teammates and coaches alike. Howard and Easley have combined for 11.5 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks through nine games.
» Linebackers junior Jon Bostic (#52) and redshirt sophomore will linebacker Jelani Jenkins (#3)…who are 1-3 on the team in tackles. Bostic (65) and Jenkins (46) have each excelled in different areas for Florida. The former has six tackles for a loss and three sacks while the latter has one sack and five pass breakups on the year.
» Redshirt junior kicker Caleb Sturigs (#19)…who has returned for Florida after missing eight games one year ago with an injured back. He is 17-for-19 in field goal attempts on the season (long: 55) and is perfect with 21 extra points, leading the Gators with 72 points scored this season. Sturgis is second in the nation with 17 field goals made but missed a game two weeks ago (leg).

SOUTH CAROLINA
» QB Connor Shaw (#14)…who has started the last four games for the Gamecocks after beginning the season as a backup. Shaw threw four interceptions in his first start (vs. Kentucky) but has a 2-4 TD-INT ratio through the air over the last three games (though he has rushed for three scores).
» RB Brandon Wilds (#22)…who has stepped in as starting running back after Marcus Lattimore went down with an injury three weeks ago. Wilds averaged 4.9 yards per carry on 28 touches against Tennessee but struggled last week gaining just 21 yards on 10 carries at Arkansas.
»WR Alshon Jeffery (#1)…who is USC’s most dynamic healthy offensive weapon. Jeffery is the team’s leading receiver with highs in receptions (36), yards (487) and touchdowns (five). He is easily Shaw’s favorite target and is a tough match-up for any team. Jeffery needs just 15 yards to be the school’s all-time leading receiver.
» Defensive end Melvin Ingram (#6)….who has scored three times this season including two fumble recoveries and a 68-yard run on a fake punt. He also has 5.5 sacks on the season – fourth best in the SEC.[/EXPAND]

22 Comments

  1. Luke says:

    Spurrier usually keeps his teams uncomfortably close, or pulls the win against us. I’m hoping Charlie and JB can come out firing and put some points on the board so if the Cocks start picking apart our secondary, we hopefully can have a lead when we start trading points.

    27-24 Gators. Let’s go!

  2. gatorade says:

    By video at CBS.com does that mean you can get the game via your computer or mobile device?

  3. Cline says:

    Lets go gators!

  4. Basshole says:

    Man I hope we can pull this win out. Go Gators!

  5. aziatic41 says:

    Down 7-3. Were done. Our defense has to be the worst in the entire nation on 3rd and 4th down situations.. Just pathetic..

  6. John S says:

    That was the worst defensive plan for a half I’ve ever seen. Even Spurrier commented how stupid it was. A teams running it down our throats and we keep six in the box and even on third and 2 our linebackers are 5 yards off the ball. That was ridiculous, the defensive game plan needs to be brought up in the press conference, this is on Muchamp and Quinn.

  7. Gator John says:

    Our linebackers bave dissapeared. Losing the turnovers 2-1 (again). Some new punting scheme (I have never seen our punter roll out all year, unless i have just not noticed) that is not working. unable to punch it in on 1st and goal from the 2. Seems the team has no desire anymore. Only good thing is penalties are down.

    also, I think Elam is a great player…but I really wish he would stop his little in-your-face celebrations after making a tackle when the other team just gained 5 yards. Since when should he be happy with that?

  8. g8ter27 says:

    I agree with you John S but lets also not forget how horrible the offensive play calling has been….AGAIN! How many times has Gillislee fumbled the ball this year? How many times has he been stopped 5 yards in the backfield? So then why does Weiss insist on playing Rainey up the middle or Demps? The annoucers are commenting on how we don’t have that great of receivers..how the hell would we know? We never throw the ball down field. Each week i keep thinking…like and idiot, that they will get the offense worked out and each week, just like with Addazio, we don’t. This game is going to get ugly! man I hope 20 people can rub that in my face at the end of the game because it is only halftime…….but I doubt it.

  9. Gatorman says:

    I don’t mean to be overly harsh, but Brantley must have won the starting job at the county fair throwing footballs through a tire. What a loser. The guy doesn’t play to win. He plays with a sense of individual self-preservation that and NFL quarterback should have, not some unproven NCAA loser. What a waste. Other than that, the D looks good.

  10. jay d says:

    brantley has to be one of the worst QB`s to ever play at florida….god awfull…..we should have just played brisset the rest of the season and had him ready to go….for next year….these coaches keep finding ways to let games slip away……unbelievable!!! I am one pissed off gator!!!

  11. dp says:

    Bench Brantley! He is immobile and unable to lead this team anywhere! He has supposedly gained some leadership skills but I don’t see anything…no fire no passion nothing! Another beatable team that we cannot beat. This team sucks, the play calling on both sides of the ball sucks….season over…we don’t deserve a bowl…oh wait, we do, the Toilet Bowl. I’m done for the year…bring on Davis and Jones next season…maybe then we will be the team that can’t be stopped when running the ball! It ain’t great to be a gator this year.

  12. Gatorman says:

    Muschamp should be on the chopping block.

  13. g8ter27 says:

    Ok let’s be honest here. When Tim Brando said “looks like there is time for two plays” ,how many people other than mysef said “nope, one play, a Brantley sack”. Didn’t even try to make a play or throw it…didn’t even try. Maybe he is a great guy, maybe he has gutted it out with a bad ankle, maybe he is the most die-hard and loyal gator fan there is, however, this guy is not a winner at the college level, and it has nothing to do with a bad ankle. Let Brissett or Driskel finish the year and build for next season.

    • g8ter27 says:

      And p.s., our offensive line is absolutely worthless in pass protecting.

      • Ken (CA) says:

        your second line is the more accurate post. all the people whining about brantley here, you cant throw it downfield or make a play when your offensive line won’t block anyone and you have no time to even look downfield before they are on top of you.

    • GatorCooken says:

      I said the same thing about the sack, it’s become tradition for brantley. Everything you said was spot-on.

  14. Ron Jon says:

    How bout we quit playing so soft on defense how bout the linebackers not being so deep. How bout putting Floyd up the middle. How bout giving gillislee or maybe even brown a few carries heck give Joyner the ball. Rainey and demps have world class speed but this offense is pathetic. Our line is horrible our only bright spot is Jordan Reed but Brantley isn’t mobile enough to get away from the pass rush that the line allows. I just wish he would throw the ball away sometimes. Any ways it’s always great to be a Florida gator!

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