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No. 3 Florida Gators remain unbeaten with 44-11 victory over No. 9 South Carolina




Florida coach Will Muschamp and defensive coordinator Dan Quinn were at the team hotel Saturday morning discussing strategy when the two came to a mutual conclusion.

“Let’s bring the pressure,’’ Muschamp told Quinn.

They agreed, and that decision changed the complexion of the game from the start.

No. 3 Florida forced three first half turnovers and turned them into 21 points, on its way to a 44-11 victory over No. 9 South Carolina in front of 90,833 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

Florida (7-0, 6-0 SEC) is now one win away from clinching its first SEC East title since 2009. The Gators will play Georgia on Saturday in Jacksonville with a chance to clinch the Eastern division.

On the opening play of Saturday’s game, Florida cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy caused South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw to fumble and senior Lerentee McCray at the Gamecocks’ 2-yard line. Three plays later, Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel hit tight end Jordan Reed on a 3-yard pass and  59 seconds into the game the Gators led 7-0.

“I always tell the players, play aggressive and we’re going to call it that way,’Muschamp said. “Dan called it and we went with it and it was a fantastic call. It was a good tone-setter of the game. “I am very proud of our football team and the effort we had. We did what we had to do to win the game.”


[Last modified: Sunday, October 21, 2012 11:17am]


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