NCAAF Game Recap - Florida at South Carolina
Sat Oct 19, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

Tenn
13
Ala
35
F
LSU
36
MisSt
13
F
Clem
45
Lou
10
F
OHSt
52
NW
3
F
WVU
14
Okla
52
F
Wisc
23
Ill
24
F
Mich
21
PSU
28
F
Fla
38
SCar
27
F
KY
0
UGA
21
F
Aub
51
Ark
10
F
Oreg
35
Wash
31
F
AzSt
3
Utah
21
F
Boise
25
BYU
28
F
Kans
48
Tex
50
F
Bayl
45
OkSt
27
F
Temp
21
SMU
45
F
Minn
42
Rut
7
F
Tuls
13
Cin
24
F
Mizzu
14
Vand
21
F
Purd
20
Iowa
26
F
ULMon
7
App
52
F
SoAl
13
Troy
37
F
ULLaf
37
ArkSt
20
F
UCLA
34
Stan
16
F
Marsh
36
FlAtl
31
F
Pitt
27
Syr
20
F
UNLV
27
Fres
56
F
Kent
38
Ohio
45
F
Hou
24
UConn
17
F
IASt
34
TxTch
24
F
GATec
28
MiaFL
21
F OT
NCSt
24
BC
45
F
C Mi
38
BGSU
20
F
Toled
14
Ball
52
F
NIU
24
MiaOH
27
F
OreSt
21
Cal
17
F
TCU
17
K St
24
F
CoCar
27
GaSo
30
F(2OT)
NM
10
Wyo
23
F
Buff
21
Akr
0
F
SoFL
3
Navy
35
F
SMiss
30
LaTec
45
F
UNC
41
VaTec
43
F(5OT)
Duke
14
UVA
48
F
Ind
34
MD
28
F
Char
14
W Ky
30
F
OD
14
UAB
38
F
MidTN
30
NorTx
33
F
Rice
27
UTSA
31
F
Maine
44
Lib
59
F
WestMI
27
E Mi
34
F
Tul
17
Mem
47
F
ECU
28
UCF
41
F
Colo
10
WaSt
41
F
SDSU
27
SJSU
17
F
Army
21
GASt
28
F
UTEP
17
FLInt
32
F
TxAM
24
Miss
17
F
FlaSt
20
Wake
22
F
Ariz
14
USC
41
F
Nev
10
UtSt
36
F
AF
56
Hawaii
26
F

Oct 19, 2019, 12:00 PM EDT

Final

1

2

3

4

T

(9) Florida (7-1)

3

7

7

21

38

South Carolina (3-4)

7

3

10

7

27

No. 9 Florida bounces back with 38-27 win over Gamecocks
Sat Oct 19, 2019 5:16 PM

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) For three quarters, Kyle Trask saw the overthrows and ineffective runs, the penalties and missed assignments. He knew something had to change.

It finally did.

Trask threw three of his career-high four touchdowns in the final period Saturday to rally the No. 9 Gators to a 38-27 win at South Carolina.

Trask, sensing the game slipping away, told his teammates: "This isn't us." He then helped the Gators (7-1, 4-1 Southeastern Conference) avoid a second straight loss after falling at No. 2 LSU 42-28 last week.

"We found our identity and started making plays," he said.

This season, the identity of Florida's offense is very much in Trask's hands. The redshirt junior, starting because of an injury to Feleipe Franks, has led the Gators to their best start since 2015.

After a week off, Trask will bring Florida to a final, defining stretch with games against No. 10 Georgia, Vanderbilt and SEC East-leading Missouri in the chase for a spot in the SEC title game.

Things didn't look promising through the third quarter. South Carolina (3-4, 2-3) held Florida in check and took a 20-17 lead in trying for its second consecutive win over a top 10 opponent after beating then-No. 3 Georgia in double overtime last week.

"We have a very resilient team," Trask said. "We're never going to panic, no matter the situation."

That was evident in the second half.

After Trask's interception deep in Florida territory led to Tavien Feaster's 21-yard TD run to put the Gamecocks up 17-10, Dameon Pierce answered with a 75-yard scoring run on Florida's next snap to tie it.

In the final period, down 20-17, Trask faced fourth-and-3 on South Carolina's 34 before scrambling from pressure to pick up the first down with a 9-yard pass to Kyle Pitts. Trask followed with the go-ahead 25-yard touchdown throw to Lamical Perine.

Florida's defense also came through down the stretch after the Gators took the lead. Defensive end Zachary Carter sacked Ryan Hilinski, who fumbled as nose tackle Kyree Campbell recovered.

Florida linebacker David Reese said the players were intent on not letting the LSU loss affect them.

"We can't let one loss turn into another," he said.

Trask, who completed 21 of 33 passes for 200 yards, finished the series with a 5-yard TD pass to Pitts before a final scoring pass of 5 yards to Trevon Grimes.

South Carolina looked poised once more shuffle the SEC East race with an upset. But like a year ago, when Florida rallied from 31-14 down to defeat the Gamecocks 35-31, South Carolina could not hold.

"Get the lead in fourth quarter, got to make some plays. We didn't do that," South Carolina coach Will Muschamp said.

Hilinski, who sprained his knee in the Georgia win, was not sharp for most of this game. The freshman completed 17 of 35 throws for 170 yards.

"We've got to find a way to throw the ball better," he said.

Feaster, the Clemson graduate transfer, ran for 175 yards for South Carolina, which was outscored 21-7 in the final period.

THE TAKEAWAY

Florida: The Gators now have time to recover from injuries and recoup from a two-month stretch of football. Florida gets next week off before starting a run of three straight SEC East games.

South Carolina: The defense gave the team a chance at another stunner. But inconsistency on offense sent South Carolina to its fourth loss to Florida in five years.

INJURED GATORS

Florida was missing two key defenders, both out with ankle injuries - end Jabari Zuniga and linebacker Jonathan Greenard. Greenard entered the game leading the Gators with four sacks. Zuniga has three. Gators coach Dan Mullen was optimistic the two would be able to practice entering the Georgia game in two weeks.

ANGRY MUSCHAMP

South Carolina's Will Muschamp had grown so frustrated with officiating, he drew an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty. He was angrier still the flag was thrown far from where he stood, saying it was a "gutless" move.

"The guy ran 40 yards away and dropped a flag. I have no idea. I'd rather him drop it on my feet," the coach said.

UP NEXT

Florida is off next week before facing No. 10 Georgia in its annual rivalry game in Jacksonville, Florida, on Nov. 2.

South Carolina heads to Tennessee on Saturday.

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Passing

Fla Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
K. Trask 33 21 63.6 4 200 37 1 107.3
SCar Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
R. Hilinski 35 17 48.6 1 170 41 0 72.3

Rushing

Fla Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
M. Davis 1 0 0.0 0 0
D. Pierce 7 87 12.4 75 1
SCar Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
T. Feaster 25 175 7.0 37 1
M. Denson 12 58 4.8 25 1

Receiving

Fla Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
J. Copeland 3 89 29.7 37 1
K. Pitts 5 29 5.8 9 1
SCar Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
B. Edwards 7 78 11.1 41 0
J. Vann 3 33 11.0 16 0

Fumbles

Fla F FL
F. Swain 1 0
SCar F FL
R. Hilinski 1 1

Returning

Fla KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
F. Swain 1 16.0 0 16 1 6.0 0 6
SCar KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
S. Smith 4 21.5 0 25 0 - 0 0

Punting

Fla Punt Yds Avg LgPu
T. Townsend 7 313 44.7 55
SCar Punt Yds Avg LgPu
J. Charlton 7 321 45.9 54

Takeaways

SCar Int Yds InTD
J. Robinson 1 15 0

Team Stats Comparison

Fla SCar
Points For 38 27
Total Yards 354 387
Rushing Yards 154 217
Passing Yards 200 170
Passing Completions / Attempts 21/33 17/35
Turnovers 1 1
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Fumbles - Lost 1/0 1/1
First Downs 18 16
Penalties - Yards 4/25 5/60
Time Of Possession 57:57 3:03
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 5/14 7/18
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 1/1 0/2
Punts - Average Yards 7/45 7/46

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Fla SCar
SCar 5:01 TD Mon Denson 1 yd run (Parker White kick) 0 7
Fla 10:54 FG Evan McPherson 48 yd FG 3 7
2nd Quarter Fla SCar
SCar 0:54 FG Parker White 49 yd FG 3 10
Fla 4:52 TD Jacob Copeland 37 yd pass from Kyle Trask (Evan McPherson kick) 10 10
3rd Quarter Fla SCar
SCar 1:03 TD Tavien Feaster 21 yd run (Parker White kick) 10 17
Fla 1:17 TD Dameon Pierce 75 yd run (Evan McPherson kick) 17 17
SCar 11:44 FG Parker White 31 yd FG 17 20
4th Quarter Fla SCar
Fla 5:06 TD Freddie Swain 25 yd pass from Kyle Trask (Evan McPherson kick) 24 20
Fla 7:07 TD Kyle Pitts 5 yd pass from Kyle Trask (Evan McPherson kick) 31 20
Fla 10:58 TD Trevon Grimes 5 yd pass from Kyle Trask (Evan McPherson kick) 38 20
SCar 13:07 TD OrTre Smith 4 yd pass from Ryan Hilinski (Parker White kick) 38 27

Game Information

Stadium: Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, South Carolina
Attendance: 78,883
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