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Tuesday, 17 November 2009

Florida Gators vs South Carolina Saturday 14th November

Next up for the Gators was a trip to Columbus to face South Carolina, this would conclude the Gators SEC schedule for this season.

First Quarter: The Gators got off the the perfect start, their defense holding the Gamecocks to a quick three and out on their first drive. Tim Tebow quickly connected with Cooper to score the first touchdown of the game. The 68 yard pass gave the Gators a 7-0 lead just 2min56sec into the game. This catch would equal Cooper's longest to date. With no time to relax the South Carolina offense responded straight away. Driving the ball 81 yards on 14 plays over 6min 31sec. Brian Maddox going over on a one yard rush to even the score, with just 5min51sec in the first stand. This would be the first time the Gators had conceded a touchdown in the first quarter all season. The last points of the quarter would be scored by the Gators, with 1min 18sec to go Sturgis connected with a 32 yard field goal. This capped an 11 play 61 yard drive.

Second Quarter: Another quick start for the Gators in the second quarter would see them go back into the lead. With 10min 28sec gone, Emmanuel Moody would score his first TD of the season. A 17 yard carry from a pass from Tebow would cap a 70 yard drive, and put the Gators ahead 17-7. The Gators defence would then force the first turnover of the game, but the offence would be unable to capitalise. After a missed field goal South Carolina would bring the ball 65 yards downfield on eight plays. Garcia would find Saunders in the back corner of the Gators endzone for a nine yard touchdown pass. With just over 2mins left in the half, scores were now 17-14 to the Gators.

Third Quarter: On the Gators first drive of the second half, they would drive the ball to USC's 37 yard line, and on a fourth down Sturgis would attempt the field goal. Sadly he was to miss for the second time in the game. Another Gator drive was halted when USC's defence came up big, after Brandon James had returned the punt for 49 yards the Gators were unable to score.

Fourth Quarter: USC would march 49 yards downfield on ten plays early in the fourth quarter, but the Gator defence held firm. This defence would turn to attack when Trattou collected an interception and return the ball from the Gator 21 yard line, the 53 yard return would set the Gators up to score. Tebow scored a one yard run by himself to make the scores 24-14 with 13min 25sec left in the game. Sturgis was unable to connect with the 29 yard field goal for his third miss of the game.

Attendance: 79,297


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