GAINESVILLE -- UF running back Chris Rainey joins the scoring party with a three-yard TD run with 5:39 left in the fourth quarter, giving UF a 56-6 lead. UF needs one more rushing touchdown tonight to match the total number of rushing touchdowns the USC defense allowed this entire season entering Saturday.
TEBOW TO HERNANDEZ
A five-yard touchdown pass from Tebow to tight end Aaron Hernandez gives UF a 49-6 lead on the first play of the fourth quarter. A 39-yard punt return from Brandon James set up the drive. James has 427 yards on punt returns this season, a UF record.
DEMPS' LONG RUN
After a two-game drought, UF running back Jeffery Demps finally busts a long play. The 38-yard touchdown run gives UF a 42-6 lead with 6:58 left in the third quarter. Tebow offered the lead block on the play. Time to take him out of the game.
HARVIN'S 80-YARD RUN
Now isn't that a nice way to being the second half. First play of the third quarter, Percy Harvin, inside draw, 80-yard touchdown run. That's Percy's second rushing touchdown of the game and his 14th touchdown of the season.
Harvin has rushed for 147 yards on five carries today. USC entered the game allowing a team average of 101.4 yards rushing. UF 35, USC 3; 14:47.
SECOND QUARTER BELOW
UF quarterback Tim Tebow goes over the top to receiver Deonte Thompson for a 46-yard score. UF 28, USC 0 and the rout is officially on.
South Carolina entered the game with the nation's third best defense.
--UF with its second fumble of the game. This time Chris Rainey missed a pitch from Tebow. USC linebacker Eric Norwood recovered at the 20 and returned it to the USC 48. Not that a UF fumble is going to matter much today. USC's offense is absolutely terrible today. The Gamecocks game 27 yards of total offense in the first half off of 15 plays.
It's time to see what UF running back Emmanuel Moody can do.
FIRST QUARTER BELOW
OK, this is getting silly and out of hand. South Carolina just made its third mistake in less than a minute, leading to easy points for Florida. UF is winning 21-0 at the end of the first quarter.
After tossing two interceptions, South Carolina gave the ball away a third time. This time the lapse happened on special teams. Obviously pressing, USC called for a trick play on a kickoff with 3:43 left in the first quarter and it went terribly awry. UF's James Smith recovered a fumble at the USC 4 and returned it to the UF goal line. Tebow rushed for a score three plays later. UF 21, USC 0.
THREE SCORES IN 54 SECONDS! ALMOST
If not for a terrible call on James Smith's fumble recovery and return to the goal line (He appeared to score but was ruled down at the one-foot line.), UF nearly scored 21 points in 54 seconds. Here's a crazy statistic: In the last six games, UF has outscored opponents 101-0 in first quarters. UF has outscored opponents 125-7 this season in first quarters.
BLACK INTERCEPTION, HARVIN SCORE, UF 14-0.
Another UF interception and another easy score for the Gators. This time UF safety Ahmad Black intercepted USC quarterback Chris Smelley at the 33 and returned it to the USC 26.
UF linebacker Brandon Hicks once again applied the needed pressure on Smelley. Hicks tipped the pass at the line of scrimmage and Black stepped in front of a USC receiver to finish the play. It was UF's second interception in three USC plays and UF scored one play later when Percy Harvin rushed for a 26-yard score. That's Harvin's 13 touchdown of the season and sixth rushing score.
SPIKES' INTERCEPTION, UF 7-0
UF linebacker Brandon Spikes returned a 12-yard interception for a touchdown with 4:37 left in the first quarter to give UF a 7-0 lead. Linebacker Brandon Hicks supplied the pressure on USC quarterback Chris Smelley, who backpeddaled into the end zone before throwing the interception.
--UF has returned five interceptions for touchdowns this season
--UF running back Emmanuel Moody (the Southern Cal transfer) is in the game on the Gators' second series. UF running back Jeffery Demps fumbled on the Gators' first offensive series. USC middle linebacker Jasper Brinkley caused the fumble with a devastating hit.
It's cold (67 degrees, ehh) and wet at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium today. Good thing I'm in the press box. Does the rain favor UF or South Carolina today? I don't think it matters.
A few things to keep in mind during the first half.
1. UF has outscored opponents 104-7 in the first quarter.
2. With Urban Meyer as its coach, Florida has blocked at least one kick each time it has played South Carolina. Florida has blocked five USC kicks under Meyer.