USC Gamecocks Football

Thumbs up, thumbs down: USC-Florida

South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw drops back to pass in the first half of Saturday's game against Florida at Williams-Brice Stadium.
South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw drops back to pass in the first half of Saturday's game against Florida at Williams-Brice Stadium. kkfoster@thestate.com

THUMBS UP

Elliott Fry

The freshman kicked field goals of 25 and 45 yards in the first half. The 45-yarder was the longest of his brief career. He added the game-winner on a 22-yarder with 6:43 to play as well as one more with 2:16 left.

Auburn’s win

Showing the end of Auburn’s victory over Georgia, which killed the Bulldogs’ SEC East title hopes, on the video board got one of the biggest cheers of the night from the sellout crowd.

Fourth-down play

On USC’s first drive of the second half, quarterback Connor Shaw found receiver Bruce Ellington on fourth-and-3 for a 32-yard touchdown pass to cut the Florida lead to 14-13.

The drive

USC drove 87 yards in the fourth quarter for a field goal to take a 16-14 lead, with the big plays a 58-yard run by tailback Shon Carson and a 34-yard pass from Connor Shaw to tight end Rory Anderson.

Fourth-down stop

Florida attempted a pass in the fourth quarter after initially lining up in punt formation, but the USC defense broke it up on fourth-and-13 from the Gators’ 32.

Jimmy Legree

The senior cornerback intercepted a pass on Florida’s last-gasp drive to seal the victory.

THUMBS DOWN

Opening drive

The USC defense got stuffed on the first possession by Florida, which went 67 yards on 11 plays, including a 20-yard touchdown run by Kelvin Taylor on third-and-14.

Connor Shaw

The senior quarterback struggled with his passing accuracy in the first half, as he missed several open receivers on potential scoring plays.

Run defense

Florida entered averaging 146 rushing yards per game, but the Gators picked up 169 rushing yards in the first half.

Personal fouls

A late hit by spur Jordan Diggs on Florida quarterback Skyler Mornhinweg gave the Gators a key first down in the third quarter. Defensive tackle J.T. Surratt also picked one up in the fourth quarter for another Florida first down.

Fourth-down play

An option to tailback Mike Davis on fourth-and-3 in the fourth quarter netted no yards and halted a potential scoring drive.

Neil White

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