COLUMBIA, S.C. -- Who knew Florida defensive end Justin Trattou had blazing speed? Trattou intercepted a tipped pass by South Carolina receiver Moe Brown and retured it 52 yards to the South Carolina 26. Four plays later, the Gators had some breathing room against the Gamecocks when Tim Tebow rushed for a one-yard score. Florida leads South Carolina 24-14.
The rushing touchdown was Tebow's 53rd of his career, which tied LSU running back Kevin Faulk's record for career touchdowns in the SEC.
UF 17, South Carolina 14
South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia led the Gamecocks on an eight-play, 65-yard drive with 2:10 left in the first half to cut Florida's lead 17-14. Florida's vaunted secondary made a few mistakes on the drive, including a poor tackle by cornerback Janoris Jenkins that led to a 30-yard gain by South Carolina's Jason Barnes.
Garcia eluded Gators linebacker Brandon Spikes and found USC tight end Weslye Saunders in the back of the end zone with an excellent pass for the Gamecocks' second touchdown of the half. Saunders got behind UF cornerback Joe Haden and safety Major Wright on the play.
HALFTIME TIME STATS
Florida quarterback Tim Tebow is 9 of 16 for 161 yards and one touchdown. He has rushed for 41 yards on seven carries. Emmanuel Moody is the Gators' leading running back with 25 yards on two carries, including a 17-yard touchdown run.
UF receiver Riley Cooper has three receptions for 112 yards and a score.
South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia is 11 of 18 for 140 yards and a touchdown. USC running back Brian Maddox leads the Gamecocks in rushing with 57 yards on 11 carries, including a one-yard score.
Emmanuel Moody, welcome to the end zone! UF 17, South Carolina 7
Emmanuel Moody scored his first touchdown of the season with 10:28 left in the first half on Saturday. Moody carried the ball 17 yards for the score to give Florida a 17-7 lead. It was a beautiful option pitch by Tebow and Moody smoothly cut inside one defender a then trucked South Carolina strong safety Antonio Allen to reach the end zone.
32-yard Sturgis field goal
A productive drive by the Florida Gators ended with a 32-yard field goal by Caleb Sturgis with 1:18 left in the first quarter to give Florida a 10-7 lead at Williams-Brice Stadium.
The drive began on the Gators' 24-yard line and spanned 11 plays. The highlight was a 30-yard throw from Tebow to Riley Cooper on 3rd and 12 from the Florida 22.
Impressive drive by South Carolina to game at 7-7
South Carolina quarterback Stephen Garcia is looking good today. Garcia of Tampa completed passes of 13 and 24 yards on third downs during the Gamecocks second drive of the game. South Carolina drove 84 yards on 14 plays against Florida's highly ranked defense. USC scored with 5:51 left in the first quarter when Brian Maddox capped the drive with a one-yard touchdown run.
Riley Cooper explodes with 68-yard touchdown for Florida Gators
You want big plays by the Gators? Enter South Carolina. First UF drive. Riley Cooper 68-yard touchdown run-and-catch on a slant pass. Florida 7, South Carolina 0, 12:04 left in the first quarter.
--Freshman left tackle Xavier Nixon started today. The starting offensive line, from left to right: Nixon, Carl Johnson, Maurkice Pouncey, Mike Pouncey and Marcus Gilbert.
Williams-Brice Stadium rocking for Gators-Gamecocks
South Carolina students are dancing to techno! This place is crazy! It's full of crazy Gamecocks!
Football game about to begin, here at Williams-Brice Stadium. The home team is wearing jersies with camouflaged sleeves in honor of the U.S. military. On the back of every jersey, instead of surnames, are words like "commitment," "Service," "Honor," "Duty,"