By Rixon Lane
South Carolina has just seven victories in program history against the Florida Gators.
In 34 contests against Florida, the Gamecocks have come up short more often than not. However, some of the wins over the Gators have been the most memorable in school history.
Here’s a ranking of South Carolina’s seven wins over Florida:
#7 – South Carolina 6 Florida 0 (1939)
A six-point win over a team that didn’t win a game in the SEC. Of course, South Carolina only won three games that year, so every win was a big one.
#6 – South Carolina 13 Florida 0 (1913)
Head coach N.B. Edgerton led the 1-3 Gamecocks to a win over Florida, which spurred a three-game winning streak to help South Carolina end the season 4-3. The Gators had beaten the Florida Southern Moccasins 144-0 in the season opener. Down goes the juggernaut!
#5 – South Carolina 7 Florida 0 (1936)
Under first year coach Don McCallister, the Gamecocks tackled a 12-game schedule for the first time in school history. South Carolina beat Florida 7-0 to hand the Gators their first loss of the regular season. Florida finished 4-6 under another first year head coach, Josh Cody. The Gamecocks ended their year with a road win over Miami, making them the state champions of Florida.
#4 – South Carolina 19 Florida 14 (2013)
Florida had lost four consecutive games, including a home loss to Vanderbilt, after a 4-1 start to the season. South Carolina entered the game at 7-2 and was facing Gator backup quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg. Despite the odds, Florida led at halftime and hung with the Gamecocks behind a power running game and a tough defense. South Carolina relied on four field goals from Elliott Fry and Jimmy Legree intercepted Mornhinweg late in the game to seal the win for the Gamecocks. The win was South Carolina’s 16th consecutive victory at home, breaking the school record.
#3 – South Carolina 17 Florida 12 (2011)
South Carolina had been a member of the SEC since 1992 and had never gone undefeated against Eastern division opponents. The Gamecocks were 4-0 against division rivals heading into a home tilt against 5-4 Florida. With Connor Shaw and Brandon Wilds leading the charge, South Carolina rushed for 160 yards in the first half. South Carolina held off a late charge from the Gators to earn a five-point victory. The Gamecocks only attempted 12 passes in the game, finishing with 215 yards on the ground. The loss gave Florida its first losing record in the conference since 1986.
#2 – South Carolina 30 Florida 22 (2005)
For the first time since leaving “The Swamp” in 2001, Steve Spurrier found himself on the sidelines for a game with the Florida Gators. In his first-ever meeting against his alma mater, Spurrier’s Gamecocks beat Florida for the first time since 1939. The win was South Carolina’s fifth consecutive SEC win, the first such streak in school history. Mike Davis and Daccus Turman ran for two touchdowns apiece and Sidney Rice finished with 112 yards receiving. South Carolina led 20-5 midway through the second quarter. The Gators had a chance to set up for a game-tying drive with 60 seconds remaining, but were flagged for having 12 men on the field during a Gamecock punt, giving South Carolina a game-clinching first down. The loss ended Florida’s hopes of an SEC East championship.
#1 – South Carolina 36 Florida 14 (2010)
Florida had a “blue out” scheduled for the SEC East title game. Andre Dubose returned the opening kickoff 99 yards for a touchdown. Then, the Gators got “Lattimored.” The freshman phenom carried the ball 40 times for 212 yards and three touchdowns as the Gamecocks humiliated Florida to earn the school’s first trip to the SEC championship. Behind Lattimore’s performance, the Gamecocks outgained Florida by 169 yards. The win was South Carolina’s first in Gainesville, snapping a 0-for-12 streak. Florida’s dominance of the division also ended, as the Gators had won the East in three of the previous four seasons. South Carolina was also the first Eastern division team to beat Florida for the first time in 17 tries.