Gameday: Florida Gators at No. 11 South Carolina

By Adam Silverstein
November 16, 2013

Location: Williams-Brice Stadium – Columbia, SC [Capacity: 80,250]
Weather: 74°F (feels like 74°F), partly cloudy, winds ENE at 10 mph
Time: 7:00 p.m. EST

TV: ESPN2 (Joe Tessitore, Matt Millen, Maria Taylor)
SiriusXM: 85 | Radio: Gator Radio Network [Affiliates]
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FLORIDA GATORS No. 11/12 USC GAMECOCKS
Head Coach: Will Muschamp Head Coach: Steve Spurrier
Record: 4-5 (3-4 SEC) Record: 7-2 (5-2 SEC)
Conference: Southeastern Conference: Southeastern
Roster | Schedule Roster | Schedule

Odds: Florida +13.5 | O/U: 42.5

PLAYER UPDATES

The Gators officially announced just an hour before the game that redshirt freshman quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg would be starting (and making his first career in-game appearance) in place of redshirt junior Tyler Murphy (shoulder). Mornhinweg becomes just the second freshman signal caller in school history to take his first snap as a starter (Jacoby Brissett, 2011).

Florida also made it known before the game that junior cornerback Marcus Roberson was suspended and would not participate due to a violation of team rules.

KEEP UP WITH THE GATORS

Busy during the week? Miss a feature, story or post on OnlyGators.com? No worries. Catch up on what you missed via the links below!

Story: LB Antonio Morrison (torn meniscus) out for the season | Notebook: Will Muschamp talks about fixing the Gators | Notebook: Brent Pease talks about his quarterbacks, job security | Notebook: Muschamp and Steve Spurrier respect each other | Statement: Jeremy Foley backs Muschamp | Story: LB Jarrad Davis next man up for Florida | Story: QB Skyler Mornhinweg likely to start

HISTORY / STREAKS / STATS

» Florida holds a 24-6-3 advantage in the all-time series against South Carolina having won 19 of the last 22 meetings between the programs. Under Spurrier, the Gamecocks are 3-5 against the Gators and have won two of the last three showdowns.
» UF dropped its second game this season to an unranked opponent last week and is now 18-3 against unranked teams under Muschamp after losing two in a row.
» Florida is 15-0 under Muschamp when rushing for more than 150 yards (7-13 when rushing for fewer than 150 yards). The Gators are also 18-4 when holding opponents to 21 points or less, 13-3 when an opponent rushes for fewer than 100 yards, 14-4 when scoring first (8-9 when an opponent scores first) and 18-1 when leading at the half (4-12 when tied or trailing at the break).
» UF has registered 105 interceptions since 2008, second-most nationally. Florida is also first in interceptions returned for touchdowns (17) and interception return yards (1,860).
» The Gators have forced the most turnovers among SEC teams this century (363).
» Florida had forced at least one turnover in 19-straight games before failing to do so last week against Vanderbilt.
» Despite struggling for the last few weeks, the Gators are still ranked in the top-10 nationally in pass efficiency defense (98.2), total defense (278.8 yards), passing defense (169.1 yards), first downs allowed (15.7 per game), third down conversion defense (.311) and yards allowed per play (4.74).

Read about the injuries and absences and much more…after the break!

LAST TIME OUT

Florida whipped up on South Carolina in 2012, converting four turnovers into points and posting 44 in total, the most in any game that season. Gators quarterback Jeff Driskel threw a career-high four touchdowns while completing 11-of-16 passes but only amassed 93 yards as UF consistently got the ball with a short field.

The lead stood at 7-3 Florida until there were three minutes to go before the end of the first half. Suddenly, in a span of 58 seconds, the Gators scored two touchdowns and took a 21-6 lead on the Gamecocks heading into the break.

Florida then led 37-8 at the end of the third quarter and kept its foot on the gas in the fourth as running back Matt Jones scampered into the end zone from one yard out with 5:54 left to play.

INJURIES AND ABSENCES*

» Suspended (1): Junior cornerback Marcus Roberson
» Injured (13): Redshirt junior quarterback Tyler Murphy (shoulder), sophomore offensive tackle D.J. Humphries (MCL), sophomore linebacker Antonio Morrison (knee – season), redshirt sophomore OT Tyler Moore (elbow – season), sophomore running back Matt Jones (knee – season), junior QB Jeff Driskel (leg – season), senior defensive tackle Dominique Easley (ACL – season), redshirt senior wide receiver Andre Debose (ACL – season), redshirt junior OT Chaz Green (labrum – season), redshirt senior LB Jeremi Powell (ACL – season), freshman cornerback Nick Washington (shoulder – season), freshman LB Matt Rolin (ACL – season), freshman safety Marcell Harris (knee), freshman defensive lineman Jordan Sherit (ACL)

* As of Saturday at 7:00 p.m.

WHAT’S AT STAKE

Florida
Pride, bowl eligibility and avoiding the program’s first losing season since 1979. The Gators faced a must-win scenario last week against the Commodores. Florida lost its more than two decade-long winning streak over Vanderbilt and is on pace to fail to make a bowl for the first time in 23 years.

South Carolina
Spurrier’s team is playing in its last SEC game of the season and must grab a victory in order to ensure that it has an outside shot at advancing to the SEC Championship for the first time in program history. South Carolina holds a tiebreaker over Missouri, which still has league games against Ole Miss and Texas A&M on its schedule. If USC wins and Mizzou drops one of those two games, the Gamecocks will reach the Promised Land.

2 Comments

  1. Nick Norris says:

    Pretty sure I’m watching on the right channel. Looks like Gator uniforms being worn by a different team. These are not the same coaches. Someone had a come to Jesus moment.

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