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GAME 10: FLORIDA 52, SOUTH CAROLINA 25 // Wuerffel not quite himself but good enough

On the surface, it would appear Danny Wuerffel's final game at Florida Field was not poetic enough _ not a typical Danny day.

Wuerffel, the prolific Gators quarterback whose career has defined efficiency, completed a mere one-third of his passes, threw errant balls, even made bad decisions.

But let the scrapbook reflect that Wuerffel's last day in The Swamp was no less successful _ or less significant _ than any other. He got the Gators where they wanted to be.

With its 52-25 victory over South Carolina, top-ranked Florida is 10-0 going into its three biggest games: at No.

3 Florida State, the SEC Championship Game and, possibly, a national title game.

"We had a lot of bad plays," said coach Steve Spurrier, who became UF's winningest coach with his 71st victory. "And Danny had some not-so-Danny plays today. It didn't cost us, and hopefully, we'll be sharp in the real close games."

Senior linebacker James Bates said: "The last couple of weeks we didn't play dominating football. We didn't beat them in every aspect of the game and meet all our goals. And that hurts."

Wuerffel was an uncharacteristic 11-of-34 for 290 yards for his worst completion percentage as a starter _ 32 percent. He had two touchdowns, but also two interceptions.

Picking up the slack for the sputtering offense was running back Fred Taylor, who ran for 139 yards and three touchdowns on a career-high 21 carries in his first start.

But Wuerffel kept plugging, and along the way became the 11th quarterback in Division I-A history to throw for 10,000 yards. He also became a member of UF's most successful senior class, at 43-5-1.

"There's no excuses," Wuerffel said. "I had my fair share of mistakes today, bad reads as well as poorly thrown balls. But that's part of football. You just keep trying your best. That's what I'm proud of _ we never gave up and we got the victory."

Typical Danny.

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