The last time South Carolina played at Florida, the Gamecocks celebrated a division title. Coach Steve Spurrier got doused and carried to...
GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The last time South Carolina played at Florida, the Gamecocks celebrated a division title.
Coach Steve Spurrier got doused and carried to midfield. Players hooted and hollered on the sideline, in the locker room and on the flight home.
The Gators remember it vividly.
“That’s a feeling you’ll never forget,” safety Josh Evans said.
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No doubt, third-ranked Florida (6-0, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) will use that 36-14 loss in 2010 as motivation when the ninth-ranked Gamecocks (6-1, 4-1) return to The Swamp on Saturday.
“It’s definitely revenge,” Evans said. “It would mean a lot to this team and definitely the roll we’re on this year trying to stay undefeated.”
No titles are on the line in this one, but the winner will take command in the Eastern Division.
“We realize it’s an extremely important game down there in The Swamp,” said Spurrier, who won the Heisman Trophy at Florida and coached the Gators for 12 seasons (1990-2001).
South Carolina is coming off its worst game of the season.
Marcus Lattimore was held to 35 yards rushing, Connor Shaw threw two interceptions and the Gamecocks allowed 258 yards rushing in a 23-21 loss at LSU. The Tigers outgained South Carolina 406-211.
“It was just frustrating,” South Carolina linebacker DeVonte Holloman said. “Being more physical, that’s what we’re working on.”
Being healthier might help, too.
Lattimore, who ran 40 times for a career-high 212 yards and three touchdowns two years ago in Gainesville, has a bruised hip that will keep him out of the starting lineup Saturday. Standout defensive end Jadeveon Clowney has a foot problem that has limited him in practice. Defensive tackle Kelcy Quarles won’t play because of a shoulder injury.
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