South Carolina Gamecocks Win Despite Lackluster Effort

By Tim Letcher
Jeremy Brevard, USA TODAY SPORTS

The South Carolina Gamecocks should have been fired up for the kickoff of their matchup with the Florida Gators on Saturday night. The Gamecocks were still in contention for the Southeastern Conference Eastern Division title, and shortly after kickoff, they would find out that the Auburn Tigers beat the Georgia Bulldogs, which put South Carolina in a more clear position in the race.

However, someone forgot to let South Carolina in on the secret. Facing Florida and its third-string quarterback, Skyler Mornhinweg, the Gamecocks slept their way through the first half, trailing the undermanned Gators 14-6 at the break.

Maybe they were informed of Georgia’s loss at the break, because the second half was much better for Steve Spurrier and his team. South Carolina outscored Florida 13-0 to win the game 19-14, keeping hopes of an Eastern Division title alive.

South Carolina has been plagued with inconsistency all season long, and it appeared that it might finally catch up with them in this game. But quarterback Connor Shaw and running back Shon Carson kept the offense moving enough in the second half to get the necessary points to win.

Now, the Gamecocks need some help. They need the Missouri Tigers to lose one of their final two games to get into the SEC Championship Game. Since South Carolina beat Missouri earlier in the season, they would hold the tiebreaker between the schools, so they only need Missouri to lose once. And despite their inconsistent play all season, it would be a nice surprise if the Gamecocks won the division.

Tim Letcher is a contributing writer for and a member of the Football Writers Association of America. Follow him on Twitter @TimLetcher , on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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