What went right: Just one thing, really, the drive the Gators started late in the quarter that temporarily stalled the incredible momentum the Gamecocks had built from the start.
What went wrong: Just about everything. The Gators could not have gotten off to a worse start. South Carolina came out in a hurry-up offense and the UF defense was simply clueless, giving up explosive plays and never coming close to stopping the Gamecocks. USC went right down the field on its first two drives for easy touchdowns on wide-open throws by quarterback Jake Bentley, putting the Gators in a 14-0 hole.
Play of the quarter: A 14-yard run by Kadarius Toney that started UF’s drive late in the quarter.
What went right: The Gators, who appeared dead after falling behind 14-0 midway through the first quarter, came back to life and got themselves back in the game. Lamical Perine finished off the drive started late in the first quarter with a 2-yard TD run. Then the defense got a three-and-out and the offense rolled right back down the field, mostly on the ground, to tie the game on an inspired 10-yard run by quarterback Feleipe Franks.
What went wrong: After the Gators tied the game with Franks’ TD, the defense went back to its earlier form and collapsed against the big-play USC offense.The Gamecocks carved up the Gators and retook the lead on a 1-yard TD run by Bentley.
Play of the quarter: A 21-yard run up the middle by Jordan Scarlett on UF’s game-tying drive.
What went right: The slumbering offense woke up and put together a touchdown drive in the closing minutes of the quarter to keep the Gators at least within striking distance. The score came on an 18-yard screen pass from Franks to Kadarius Toney.
What went wrong: Before that late TD, everything. Evan McPherson missed a 41-yard field goal attempt on UF’s first possession, Toney muffed a punt and the defense continued to give up explosive plays, including an 89-yard pass from Be ntley to Deebo Samuel that set up a 3-yard TD run that put the Gamecocks up 31-14. While the defense was clueless, the offense was basically motionless until the final drive. The offense also hurt itself with penalties.
Play of the quarter: A 15-yard pass from Franks to wide receiver Trevon Grimes that launched UF’s scoring drive.
What went right: Everything. The offense went up and down the field, mostly on the ground, the defense got stops and a huge turnover (an interception by CJ Henderson late) and the Gators rallied to clinch one of the greatest comebacks in school history. Lamical Perine had a 23-yard run to draw the Gators within three, 31-28, then Franks capped another long scoring drive with a 1-yard plunge on fourth down for a touchdown to give the Gators their first lead. The defense then came up with the big turnover late in the quarter that gave UF a chance to run out the clock.
What went wrong: Nothing.
Play of the quarter: Scarlett’s 25-yard run on third-and-seven that allowed the Gators to burn the rest of the clock after Henderson’s pick.