Published: Mon, November 13, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

SC sends Florida to fifth straight defeat

SC sends Florida to fifth straight defeat

Florida's C.J. Henderson made the pick near the SC 25-yard-line, ran toward the endzone, but tight end Hayden Hurst knocked the ball away from Henderson just shy of the goal line and USC running back A.J. Turner picked it up and then sprinted ahead for a gain of 24 yards to regain the possession for SC. Later in the first quarter, wide receiver Freddie Swain delivered a ideal block to give Kadarius Toney 23 yards of open space. The Gators (3-6, 3-5) will finish with a losing SEC record for only the third time since 1992.

Things continue to go poorly for Florida, and not just because of the midseason departure of coach Jim McElwain. And let's not forget about Florida's offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier, who called a run play with an already banged-up quarterback immediately after his return.

The Gators cut South Carolina's lead to 28-20 with 3:43 remaining on a 1-yard run by Mark Thompson. Freshman Feleipe Franks went 10 of 25 for 174 yards. But he fumbled at the goal line when he got hit by the Gamecocks' Hayden Hurst. He hurt his leg is the second quarter, left for a play, then crumpled to the ground as he tried to run.

South Carolina: The Gamecocks host FCS Wofford next Saturday.

For the second game in a row, Florida started Notre Dame graduate transfer Malik Zaire at quarterback.

Florida, playing against former coach Will Muschamp, rushed for only 78 yards on 22 carries.

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