Florida Gators Extend Losing Streak To Five Games After 28-20 Loss To South Carolina
By Chris Harry, Senior Writer, Florida Gators // November 11, 2017
COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA (Florida Gators) – This one didn’t follow the pattern of the abject collapses the previous two weeks. Not at all. The Florida football team put up a fight against South Carolina.
But if the Gators were going to break a four-game losing streak, they needed more from their offense than they got Saturday.
Quarterback Jake Bentley and Mon Denson each ran for a pair of touchdowns, T.J. Turner rushed for 136 yards, and the USC offense easily outgained its UF counterpart in total yards on the way to a 28-20 victory that hung a fifth straight loss on the Gators in their second outing since the exit of Coach Jim McElwain.
Florida (3-6, 3-5), now with just its second five-game losing streak since going 0-10-1 in 1979, was out-gained in total yards 469 to 301 by South Carolina (7-3, 5-3), which came into the game ranked 114th among FBS programs in total offense — behind even UF (111th) — and was averaging just 335.2 yards per game. When the Gamecocks weren’t sabotaging themselves with turnovers, though, they went up and down the field, including 249 yards on the ground, despite coming in averaging just 114.6 rushing per game (also 114th nationally).
UF, meanwhile, managed just 74 yards rushing on 22 attempts, went 2-for-15 on third-down conversion tries, got crushed in time of possession by more than 11 minutes (35:41 to 24:19), and was flagged for 10 penalties.
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