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Nov. 15, 2014

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Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th OT Total
South Carolina 10 0 0 7 6 23
Florida 0 10 7 0 3 20
Coach Spurrier
Coach Ward
Dylan Thompson
J.T. Surratt Jonathan Walton
M. Davis, B. Wilds Carlton Heard
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1st Downs 19 15
Total Yards 301 278
Passing 206 60
Rushing 95 218
Penalties-Yards 6-67 10-75
3rd Down Conversions 8-17 3-14
4th Down Conversions 0-3 0-0
Turnovers 1 1
Time of Possession 31:42 28:18
South Carolina COM ATT YDS TD INT
Dylan Thompson 22 41 206 0 0
Pharoh Cooper 0 1 0 0 0
Treon Harris 5 11 60 1 0
South Carolina CAR YDS AVG TD LG
Mike Davis 15 56 3.7 1 10
Brandon Wilds 12 34 2.8 1 20
Treon Harris 20 111 5.6 0 22
Matt Jones 18 63 3.5 1 11
South Carolina REC YDS AVG TD LG
Pharoh Cooper 4 40 10.0 0 30
Jerell Adams 4 23 5.8 0 9
Demarcus Robinson 3 20 6.7 1 11
Latroy Pittman Jr. 1 32 32.0 0 32
1st Quarter SC UF
scar-lg.gif TD 12:00 Brandon Wilds 20 yd RUSH
PAT KICK by Elliott Fry (GOOD)
7 0
scar-lg.gif FG 02:15 Elliott Fry 31 yd 7 7
2nd Quarter SC UF
fla_lg.gif FG 06:37 Francisco Velez 34 yd 10 3
fla_lg.gif TD 00:24 Demarcus Robinson 11 yd PASS from Treon Harris
PAT KICK by Francisco Velez (GOOD)
10 10
3rd Quarter SC UF
fla_lg.gif TD 01:56 Matt Jones 1 yd RUSH
PAT KICK by Francisco Velez (GOOD)
10 17
4th Quarter SC UF
scar-lg.gif FG 00:12 Mike Davis 0 yd FUMB
PAT KICK by Elliott Fry (GOOD)
17 17
Overtime SC UF
fla_lg.gif FG 15:00 Austin Hardin 35 yd 17 20
scar-lg.gif TD 15:00 Dylan Thompson 4 yd RUSH 23 20

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – After enduring so many heartaches for the season, it would be South Carolina (5-5, 3-5 SEC) that would play the role of spoiler Saturday afternoon, beating the Florida Gators (5-4, 4-4 SEC) 23-20 in overtime. Dylan Thompson would keep it on a read option from four yards out to shock The Swamp and send the Gamecocks home a winner.

With under three minutes to play in the game, South Carolina was faced with a 4th-and-10 at the Florida 41. A bad snap forced a hurried throw and an incompletion to give the home side the ball with 2:32 to play. After three run plays to take the clock all the way down to 46 seconds, the Gators would punt from their own 43.

Junior Carlton Heard would barrel in untouched on the punt attempt, snuffing it out and putting the offense on the Florida 34 yard line. It was the first blocked punt for the program since Devin Taylor at N.C. State in September of 2009.

A pass out to the left sideline to Mike Davis would get a quick 27 yards right off the bat, as the team would have to move fast with 46 seconds to play and no timeouts. Four plays later after the pitch and catch, Davis would fall on a fumbled option pitch in the end zone for a touchdown and a 17-17 game. The Gators would kneel on the ensuing possession to take it to overtime.

In the extra frame, Florida opened with a four-play drive leading to 35-yard field goal to put the pressure on the Carolina offense. Mike Davis would tote it four plays in a row, converting a 3rd-and-3 to the Florida 14 to keep the drive rolling. Two plays later, facing third down at the 4-yard line, Thompson ran untouched to the left for the instant win.

Overtime would have never happened had it not been for another clutch play from the Gamecock special teams earlier on in the fourth quarter. With the home side ahead 17-10 and 3:40 left to play, Francisco Velez lined up to attempt a field goal from the 32 to make it a two-possession game. It would be knocked back by Brison Williams to keep it just a seven-point lead.

It appeared to be an all-too-familiar theme for South Carolina early on, as it would dominate the first quarter but would allow the Gators to storm back as the game wore on. Thompson orchestrated an eight play, 85-yard drive on the opening possession of the game, capitalized by a 20-yard touchdown run from Brandon Wilds. Elliott Fry added a 32-yard field goal in the team’s next possession to put the Gamecocks up 10-0, and Carolina would ultimately hold the ball for 11:30 of the opening quarter.

The Gators would use a potent run game to score the next 17 points and force the miraculous comeback from the Gamecocks. Quarterback Treon Harris ran 20 times for 111 yards, and the home side would total 219 yards rushing to just 60 passing on the day.

The Gamecocks would total 301 yards of offense on 80 plays while limiting Florida to 278 on 60, respectively. It is the first road win for the team since Vanderbilt on Sept. 20 and the first win at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium since 2010.


Carlton Heard came through untouched to block a Florida punt with 39 seconds to go in the game, setting up the game-tying touchdown for South Carolina to send it to overtime.

KEY STAT 278 yards allowed by the defense is the fewest in any game so far this season. The previous low was 280 against Missouri.


  • Junior tailback Mike Davis moved into 10th all-time in school history in career rushing. He now has 2,333 rushing yards in his career. Davis carried 15 times for 56 yards. He is 39 yards shy of Kevin Long (1973-76) for ninth all-time in school history at 2,372.
  • Sophomore linebackers Skai Moore and Jonathan Walton were both credited for a career-high 12 tackles. That is the most tackles by a Gamecock player in a game this season and the most since Kaiwan Lewis had 12 last year at Georgia, Sept. 7, 2013.
  • Senior quarterback Dylan Thompson was 22-for-41 for 206 passing yards. He now has 2,794 passing yards on the year and is 68 shy of Stephen Garcia’s mark of 2,862 in 2009 for fifth-most in a season in school history.

UP NEXT The team will return home next Saturday, Nov. 22 as it hosts South Alabama. The game will kickoff at noon and will be broadcasted on FOX Sports South.