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Gamecockfanatics Players Of The Game vs Florida On Offense & Defense

Players Of The Game

Gamecockfanatics Players Of The Game vs Florida On Offense & Defense

Henry Fusco
November 11, 2017


GAME CHANGER

With South Carolina holding a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, Jake Bentley’s pass was intercepted by CJ Henderson at the Gamecock 25-yard line.

Henderson returned it to the South Carolina 1-yard line, but the ball was poked away by Hayden Hurst and picked up by A.J. Turner to the Gamecock 24.

Although they didn’t score, the Gamecocks kept the lead and added to it on a Mon Denson 24-yard rush towards the end of the first quarter.

KEY STAT

242 – South Carolina produced a season-high 469 yards on 76 offensive plays in the win over Florida. A.J. Turner ran for a career-high 136 yards while

Mon Denson added 61 yards and two touchdowns. Jake Bentley was 19-for-29 for 249 yards and a pair of rushing touchdowns.


Offensive player of the game

RB A.J. Turner: Ran for a career-high 136

Runner up

QB Jake Bentley: 19-for-29 for 249 yards, 3 interceptions and a pair of rushing touchdowns

A look on the offensive side
  • The offense piled up 469 yards of total offense, a season high and the second-most against a FBS opponent under Will Muschamp.
  • -The Gamecock rushing attack powered the offense all afternoon, finishing with 220 yards (120 in the first half). The team had not gone over 100 yards on the ground vs. Florida since 2013, and had just 159 yards combined over the last three meetings.
  • The 220 rushing yards are the most against a FBS opponent under Will Muschamp and the most since Oct. 31, 2015 against Texas A&M.
  • South Carolina scored on its opening drive on a four-yard scamper from quarterback Jake Bentley. His third rushing touchdown of the season capped a 7-play, 74-yard drive that was powered by 33 yards on three carries from A.J. Turner and pass completions of 23 yards to Hayden Hurst and 26 yards to Shi Smith.
  • Bentley added a seven-yard score for his fourth rushing touchdown of the year to put the team up 28-13 late in the third quarter. It was the sixth play of a 53-yard drive for Carolina. All four of Bentley’s rushing touchdowns have come over the last three games.
  • -Turner did a little bit of everything for the offense, as the sophomore had a career day for Carolina. The sophomore set career highs for carries (22) yards rushing (136) and caught three passes for a career-high 36 yards.
  • Mon Denson scored his first career touchdown on a 24-yard run with two minutes to go in the first quarter; the run was also the longest of his career. He followed it up with a score from 12 yards on a 4th-and-1 play in the second quarter to give the team a 21-6 lead. The redshirt sophomore finished the game with 61 yards on the ground.
  • The Gamecock offense had scored just 22 points combined in the first half over the last six meetings with Florida before posting 14 points on Saturday afternoon. The Gators held South Carolina without a first-half point altogether in the last two matchups.
  • OreTre Smith led the team’s receiving corps with a career-high five catches for a career-high 60 yards.
  • Jake Bentley moved up to 11th in school history for career passing yards after throwing for 249 on Saturday. He passed Blake Mitchell (in 2005) for tenth in single-season completions, now with 188.
  • -Hayden Hurst cracked the top 20 for career receptions after a five-catch day. He’s now tied with Troy Williamson (2002-04) with 91.
  • Bryan Edwards also moved up the charts on Saturday, with his three catches for 48 yards moving him to 23rd for career catches (with 89).
  • There would be four turnovers in a span of four minutes mid-way through the first quarter. Florida picked off Jake Bentley and appeared to return it for a touchdown, but the ball was jarred loose at the goal line and recovered by Turner, who took it out to the 24. South Carolina punted four plays later, but Florida fumbled the punt back to the Gamecocks. On the first play of the ensuing drive, Bentley was picked offin the end zone by the Gators.
  • South Carolina’s three turnovers in the first quarter alone were the most by the team in a game this season. The previous high was two,against Kentucky, Louisiana Tech and Georgia. The team finished with four turnovers, after entering with just eight combined in the first nine games of the season.
Defensive player of the game

DL Taylor Stallworth: Rebounded from an injury in the Georgia game to harass Florida’s quarterbacks with five hurries and a pass break-up.

Runner up

DB Rashad Fenton: Getting tackles forloss
DB JaMarcus King: Notching his first career sack

A loon on the defensive side
  • Florida finished just 2-of-15 on third-down conversions, and averaged 9.7 yards as the distance to go on third down.
  • With four sacks Saturday, the defense already surpassed 2016’s 13-game total of 21 with two regular season games and a bowl to come.
  • Opponents have scored just six points off South Carolina’s 12 total turnovers this season.
  • The Gamecock defense has held nine of their 10 opponents under their season scoring average after today.
  • South Carolina’s defense forced a 3-and-out in Florida’s opening drive of the game, the first time it has happened this season. The Gamecock defense has turnovers in three opening drives for opponents (Georgia, Arkansas, Kentucky), but had also allowed two touchdowns and two field goals in opening drives.
  • The Gamecocks limited Florida to 48 total yards in the first quarter, only four yards rushing.
  • Taylor Stallworth rebounded from an injury in the Georgia game to harass Florida’s quarterbacks with five hurries and a pass break-up. His career high for hurries entering the game was just two. All told, South Carolina’s defense had nine hurries and six break-ups.
  • True freshman Aaron Sterling recorded his first career sack to snuff out a Florida drive in the fourth quarter. The defensive lineman has played in all 10 games for South Carolina this season.
  • The secondary for South Carolina had a strong game in Florida’s backfield, with Chris Lammons and Rashad Fenton getting tackles for loss and JaMarcus King notching his first career sack. The trio also combined for 10 solo tackles and three pass break-ups.
  • King’s break-up moved him into a tie for eighth with Andre Goodman (1998-01) and Darian Stewart (2006-09) with 20 for his career.
  • Daniel Fennell’s sack in the fourth quarter was his third of the season and second in SEC play.
  • Jamyest Williams’ interception to seal the win was the true freshman’s second of the season. Florida averaged 359 yards of total offense per game, but finished with 301 and its second-lowest rushing total of the season (78 yards).
  • The 78 rushing yards for Florida is the lowest allowed under Will Muschamp and the lowest since UCF had 26 on Sept. 26, 2015.
  • Skai Moore moved up to eighth in school history for career tackles on Saturday, tying Patrick Hinton (1987-90) with 328


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