The No. 11-ranked Florida Gators clinched their first SEC East division title since 2009 last week by edging Vanderbilt and now make their last regular season road trip of the year, traveling to Columbia to face the South Carolina Gamecocks on Saturday afternoon. Kick-off at Williams-Brice Stadium is set for 12:00 p.m. with coverage of the game airing nationally on ESPN. The Baltimore Gator Club with host its weekly watch party at the Greene Turtle at McHenry Row, so come on down and join the fun as the Gators look to keep rolling.
The Greene Turtle – McHenry Row
1606 Whetstone Way
Baltimore, Md. 21230
Florida (8-1, 6-1 SEC) needed a 43-yard field goal by Austin Hardin with just over two minutes remaining to successfully comeback against Vandy on Homecoming at the Swamp. The victory earned the Gators their first berth in the SEC Championship game since the Tim Tebow era.
After failing to score on their first drive of the game, despite a 71-yd. kick-off return, the Florida offense sputtered under Treon Harris. The Gators took the lead in the first quarter on a touchdown by Kelvin Taylor, but the extra point was blocked. This would allow the Commodores to take the lead just before half, a lead they would hang on to until Hardin’s heroics.
The Gator defense continued its dominance this season, and outside of 74-yd touchdown run by Gainesville native Ralph Webb, gave up just 101 yards total to Vandy.
South Carolina (3-6, 1-6 SEC) played Tennessee close, but ultimately lost on Rocky Top, 27-24. The Gamecocks have yet to win under interim head coach Shawn Elliott who took over for now retired Steve Spurrier back in October. USC has lost four of its last six games, but has won each of its last two games in Columbia this season.
The USC offense has struggled to find its rhythm, using three different quarterbacks this season. The Gamecocks have gotten it done on the ground, however, averaging 4.7 yards per carry.
South Carolina stole last year’s contest in Gainesville, 23-20, in overtime, after which then Gator head coach Will Muschamp was relieved of his duties. The win was the Gamecocks’ fourth in five meetings against the Gators who still maintain a 24-8-3 overall mark against their SEC rival.