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S Carolina overcomes errors, beats crumbling Florida 28-20

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) In a season of one dominant team and a bunch of disappointments in the SEC East, resilient South Carolina figured out another way to win, overcoming four turnovers to beat Florida 28-20 on Saturday and reach heights the Gamecocks have rarely achieved.

South Carolina (7-3, 5-3 Southeastern) can't win what would have been only been its second SEC East title. But the Gamecocks will finish with only its eighth winning SEC record in 26 seasons in the league.

Second year coach Will Muschamp has his Gamecocks embracing what he calls a ''So What? Now what?'' philosophy, and his quarterback Jake Bentley personified it, shaking off three interceptions to throw for 249 yards and run for two touchdowns .

''At the end of the day, we won,'' the sophomore said. ''It's better to learn from something with a W.''

A Florida team in disarray with a fired coach and no wins since September couldn't take advantage of the help. The Gators (3-6, 3-5) will finish with a losing SEC record for only the third time since 1992.

Interim coach Randy Shannon said he was proud his team kept fighting after a 35-point loss against Georgia led to the firing of Jim McElwain two weeks ago, and Shannon's debut was a 29-point loss to Missouri. But he understands it still isn't enough as Florida will miss a bowl game for only the third time in 31 seasons.

''Is this up to the expectations of this program? No. We wanted to win. There are no moral victories,'' Shannon said.

A.J. Turner ran 22 times for 136 yards and Mon Denson rushed for the first two touchdowns of his career as South Carolina had its best offensive game of the season with 469 yards.

In a common theme this season, the Gamecocks defense also came through. The Gators converted as many fourth downs (2 for 2) as third downs (2 for 15). And the defense ended Florida's last chance when defensive back Jamyest Williams picked off a tipped pass near midfield with just over a minute to go.

''Two years ago, we're a 3-9 football team. The investment you've made to get to this point, I'm damn proud of you,'' Muschamp told his team in the locker room after the win.

THE TAKEAWAY

Florida: Florida has lost five in a row, their longest losing streak since finishing the 2013 season with seven straight losses amid the firing of Muschamp, now South Carolina's second-year coach ... Several Florida players found Muschamp after the game to shake his hand and hug him. Muschamp was fired at Florida in 2014 and is still being paid a buyout by the school.

South Carolina: Bentley, a sophomore, has 13 interceptions in his 17-game college career. Five of them have come in the past two games ... South Carolina's do-everything tight end Hayden Hurst caught five passes for 59 yards, ran once for 11 yards and forced a key fumble at the 1 as Florida defensive back CJ Henderson was a yard away from a touchdown on Bentley's first interception.

FLORIDA INJURIES

Florida has at least 25 of its 85 scholarship plays out either with injuries or suspensions.

Starting quarterback Malik Zaire may be added to the list. The graduate transfer from Notre Dame hurt his leg is the second quarter, left for a play, then crumpled to the ground as he tried to run. Shannon said he was medically cleared to go back in.

Zaire wanted to go back in the game at halftime and got emotional when he was held out, Shannon said.

Freshman Feleipe Franks, who started six of Florida's nine games this season, went 10 of 25 for 174 yards.

Shannon said he doesn't know the extent of Zaire's injury. But if he can't play, he may have wide receiver Dre Massey, who played quarterback in high school and has lined up in the wildcat in college, be Franks' backup.

THAT CRAZY PLAY

One play might have summed up the seasons at South Carolina and Florida.

Bentley threw an interception right into the arms of Henderson with the Gamecocks up 7-0 early in the first quarter. Henderson looked like he had a pick six, but Hurst caught him at the 1-yard-line and forced a fumble. Turner scooped the ball up in the end zone and ran it back to the South Carolina 24, giving the Gamecocks a first down.

''It was tough,'' Shannon said. ''He was trying to make something happen.''

UP NEXT

Florida: The Gators host UAB next Saturday.

South Carolina: The Gamecocks host FCS Wofford next Saturday.

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Scoring Summary
4th Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 3:43
15-E.Pineiro extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
20
28
Touchdown 3:43
24-M.Thompson runs 1 yard for a touchdown.
5
plays
75
yds
01:13
pos
19
28
3rd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:08
43-P.White extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
13
28
Touchdown 2:08
19-J.Bentley runs 7 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
53
yds
02:31
pos
13
27
2nd Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 1:18
15-E.Pineiro extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
13
21
Touchdown 1:18
22-L.Perine runs 18 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
75
yds
02:22
pos
12
21
Point After TD 3:40
43-P.White extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
6
21
Touchdown 3:40
34-M.Denson runs 12 yards for a touchdown.
9
plays
60
yds
04:07
pos
6
20
Field Goal 7:52
15-E.Pineiro 37 yards Field Goal is Good.
7
plays
51
yds
01:53
pos
6
14
Field Goal 14:06
15-E.Pineiro 29 yards Field Goal is Good.
7
plays
25
yds
01:44
pos
3
14
1st Quarter
No scoring this quarter
Point After TD 2:08
43-P.White extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
14
Touchdown 2:08
34-M.Denson runs 24 yards for a touchdown.
6
plays
75
yds
02:06
pos
0
13
Point After TD 11:30
43-P.White extra point is good.
plays
yds
pos
0
7
Touchdown 11:30
19-J.Bentley scrambles runs 4 yards for a touchdown.
7
plays
94
yds
02:51
pos
0
6
Team Stats
1st Downs 12 24
Rushing 3 9
Passing 8 13
Penalty 1 2
3rd Down Conv 2-15 5-12
4th Down Conv 2-2 1-2
Total Net Yards 272 457
Total Plays 61 76
Avg Gain 4.5 6.0
Net Yards Rushing 78 220
Rush Attempts 22 47
Avg Rush Yards 3.5 4.7
Net Yards Passing 194 237
Comp. - Att. 17-39 19-29
Yards Per Pass 5.0 8.2
Sacked - Yards Lost 4-29 3-12
Penalties - Yards 10-56 3-26
Touchdowns 2 4
Rushing TDs 2 4
Passing TDs 0 0
Other 0 0
Turnovers 4 4
Fumbles - Lost 3-3 1-1
Int. Thrown 1 3
Punts - Avg 8-43.3 4-37.8
Return Yards 70 55
Punts - Returns 1-0 3-34
Kickoffs - Returns 0-0 1-21
Int. - Returns 3-70 1-0
Kicking 4/4 4/5
Extra Points 2/2 4/4
Field Goals 2/2 0/1
Safeties 0 0
1234T
Florida 3-6 0130720
South Carolina 7-3 1477028
194 PASS YDS 237
78 RUSH YDS 220
272 TOTAL YDS 457
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
F. Franks 13 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
40% 174 0 1 90.5
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.5% 1102 5 5 119.4
F. Franks 10/25 174 0 1
M. Zaire 8 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
50% 49 0 0 79.4
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
57.1% 349 0 1 105.9
M. Zaire 7/14 49 0 0
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
M. Thompson 24 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
3 35 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
36 156 2
M. Thompson 3 35 1 31
L. Perine 22 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 24 1
SEASON ATT YDS TD
104 455 7
L. Perine 6 24 1 18
M. Zaire 8 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
6 21 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
22 39 0
M. Zaire 6 21 0 23
F. Franks 13 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
7 -2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
47 43 0
F. Franks 7 -2 0 15
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
M. Stephens 82 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 63 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 122 0
M. Stephens 1 63 0 63
B. Powell 4 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 58 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
27 276 1
B. Powell 5 58 0 17
K. Toney 17 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 37 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 152 0
K. Toney 3 37 0 23
J. Hammond 10 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 37 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
13 182 0
J. Hammond 1 37 0 37
D. Massey 9 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
2 11 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 109 1
D. Massey 2 11 0 10
T. Cleveland 89 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 11 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
20 388 2
T. Cleveland 1 11 0 11
F. Swain 16 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 7 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
8 96 1
F. Swain 1 7 0 7
L. Perine 22 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
7 64 1
L. Perine 1 2 0 2
C. Lewis 80 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -1 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 20 0
C. Lewis 1 -1 0 0
M. Thompson 24 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 -2 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
11 70 0
M. Thompson 1 -2 0 0
Defense T-A SACK INT
J. Zuniga 92 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
J. Zuniga 1-0 1.0 0
C. Gardner Jr. 23 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 1.0
C. Gardner Jr. 1-0 1.0 1
V. Joseph 11 LB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
V. Joseph 0-0 0.0 1
K. Clark 54 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
K. Clark 0-1 0.5 0
C. Jefferson 96 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-1 0 0.5
C. Jefferson 0-1 0.5 0
C. Henderson 5 CB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 4 0.0
C. Henderson 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
E. Pineiro 15 K
IN-GAME FG XP
2/2 2/2
SEASON FG XP
11/12 20/21
E. Pineiro 2/2 37 2/2 8
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Townsend 19 P
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
8 43.3 4
SEASON NO AVG IN20
54 48.5 4
J. Townsend 8 43.3 4 58
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
B. Powell 4 WR
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 0.0 0 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
10 3.8 0 0
B. Powell 1 0.0 0 0
Passing CP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Bentley 19 QB
IN-GAME COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
65.5% 249 0 3 117.0
SEASON COMP% YDS TD INT RTG
61.6% 2235 14 9 132.4
J. Bentley 19/29 249 0 3
Rushing ATT YDS TD LG
A. Turner 25 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
22 136 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
79 438 2
A. Turner 22 136 0 27
M. Denson 34 RB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
13 61 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
32 134 2
M. Denson 13 61 2 24
J. Bentley 19 QB
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
8 14 2
SEASON ATT YDS TD
54 66 4
J. Bentley 8 14 2 17
H. Hurst 81 TE
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 11 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
6 35 1
H. Hurst 1 11 0 11
B. Edwards 89 WR
IN-GAME ATT YDS TD
1 2 0
SEASON ATT YDS TD
3 18 0
B. Edwards 1 2 0 2
Receiving REC YDS TD LG
O. Smith 18 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 60 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
23 284 3
O. Smith 5 60 0 23
H. Hurst 81 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
5 59 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
35 480 2
H. Hurst 5 59 0 23
B. Edwards 89 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 48 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
45 545 2
B. Edwards 3 48 0 29
A. Turner 25 RB
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
3 36 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
15 108 0
A. Turner 3 36 0 15
S. Smith 13 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 26 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
23 320 2
S. Smith 1 26 0 26
J. August 40 TE
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 11 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
5 53 0
J. August 1 11 0 11
C. Dawkins 83 WR
IN-GAME REC YDS TD
1 9 0
SEASON REC YDS TD
1 9 0
C. Dawkins 1 9 0 9
Defense T-A SACK INT
A. Sterling 15 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
A. Sterling 1-0 1.0 0
J. King 7 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 1 1.0
J. King 1-0 1.0 0
D. Fennell 35 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
D. Fennell 1-0 1.0 0
D. Wonnum 8 DL
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
1-0 0 1.0
D. Wonnum 1-0 1.0 0
J. Williams 21 DB
IN-GAME T-A INT SACK
0-0 1 0.0
SEASON T-A INT SACK
0-0 2 0.0
J. Williams 0-0 0.0 1
Kicking FG LG XP PTS
P. White 43 K
IN-GAME FG XP
0/1 4/4
SEASON FG XP
10/20 19/19
P. White 0/1 0 4/4 4
Punting NO AVG IN20 LG
J. Charlton 20 K
IN-GAME NO AVG IN20
4 37.8 1
SEASON NO AVG IN20
39 43.1 1
J. Charlton 4 37.8 1 48
Kickoff Returns NO AVG LG TD
R. Fenton 16 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
1 21.0 21 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
7 21.6 21 0
R. Fenton 1 21.0 21 0
Punt Returns NO AVG LG TD
C. Lammons 3 DB
IN-GAME NO AVG LG TD
3 11.3 22 0
SEASON NO AVG LG TD
15 9.4 22 0
C. Lammons 3 11.3 22 0
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 FLA 25 0:26 3 5 Punt
11:30 FLA 25 1:58 6 13 Punt
6:38 FLA 47 2:10 5 -8 Punt
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
2:08 FLA 25 1:44 7 63 FG
9:45 FLA 34 1:53 7 51 FG
3:40 FLA 25 2:22 7 75 TD
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
10:19 FLA 35 0:59 3 8 Punt
6:34 FLA 17 1:39 4 8 Punt
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
2:08 FLA 25 1:46 8 21 Punt
12:25 SC 49 1:45 5 3 Punt
4:56 FLA 30 1:13 5 75 TD
3:19 FLA 21 2:07 7 16 INT
1st POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
14:21 SC 26 2:51 7 74 TD
9:22 SC 4 2:33 6 35 INT
4:14 SC 25 2:06 6 75 TD
2nd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:57 SC 21 4:04 9 21 Punt
7:47 SC 25 4:07 9 75 TD
1:18 SC 25 1:15 5 14 Halftime
3rd POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
15:00 SC 25 4:37 9 40 Downs
9:12 SC 13 2:31 6 4 INT
4:39 SC 47 2:31 6 53 TD
4th POSS PLAYS YDS RESULT
13:49 SC 19 1:12 3 -3 Punt
10:30 SC 13 5:28 9 58 FG Miss
3:43 SC 25 0:15 4 5 Punt
1:06 FLA 48 0:37 2 -4 Game