Marcus Thomas and most of the Florida defense can't be faulted for their effort in the Gators 30-22…
How and Why the Gators lost to the Gamecocks
South Carolina was successful when they ran the ball on first down. The Gamecocks picked up 78 yards on 12 carries and two touchdowns running on first. They had 36 carries for 120 yards in the entire game. Tailback Mike Davis ripped off the Gamecocks biggest ground gain of the game with a 24 yard first down run in the second quarter. In fact, Davis picked-up 44 yards on five first down carries in the first half. Fullback Daccus Turman added 25 yards on three carries, one for a score on first down. His 15 yard pick-up in the third quarter was, you got it, on a first play too. The Gamecocks passing game did not present the Gators secondary with problems throughout the day. That was particularly true on first down, at least before the intermission. Quarterback Blake Mitchell hit only one of five first down passes in the first half, a twelve yard hitch to Sidney Rice. Spurrier adjusted his offense at the half. Mitchell threw only once in the second half on first down. The play went...
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