Florida 35, South Carolina 31
What Happened: Down 31-14, Florida came up with an epic comeback, scoring 21 unanswered points in the final 16 minutes, with Feleipe Franks running for a one-yard score with just over four minutes to play to take the lead for good.
Franks and Lamichel Perine each ran for two touchdowns on the day, with each scoring after Jake Bentley threw two first quarter touchdown passes and ran for one more on the way to the big lead. And then Franks and the Gator offense went off, and the Gamecocks melted down.
What Mattered: Franks completed 15-of-21 passes for 161 yards and a score, and he ran for 36 yards and two scores. Jordan Scarlett and Lamical Perine combined for 266 yards and two touchdowns.
– Bentley completed 18-of-28 passes for 239 yards and two scores with a pick and a rushing touchdown. Deebo Samuel caught four passes for 120 yards with a brilliant 89-yard play, and AJ Turner ran 12 times for 81 yards.
– Florida owned the tempo of the game, especially late, converting 9-of-15 third down tries and holding on to the ball for almost 36 minutes – South Carolina couldn’t get the groove back. Get ready for the howling to start about head man Will Muschamp after the way this ended – it was a collapse.
What It All Means: And now Florida has totally legitimized its season. Getting bowl eligible was great, and beating LSU was wonderful, but after losing two straight, it came up with its seventh win in thrilling fashion, and now it’s time to pad the record. Beat Idaho and FSU, and the bowl game is for a ten-win season.
– Devastating. South Carolina will go bowling – it gets Chattanooga up next – but with the rivalry date at Clemson after, and Akron to close things out, it’s going to be an interesting finishing kick, but it would’ve been huge to close out the SEC season with a win by Muschamp in his old stomping grounds. Now, it’s fourth in the East. It’s going to finish up as an okay season, but not a great one. Worst yet, the fan base is going to be really, really grouchy after the way this one ended.