Florida seeking revenge against South Carolina

Coach Steve Spurrier was on a high after South Carolina defeated Florida in 2010.
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Coach Steve Spurrier was on a high after South Carolina defeated Florida in 2010.

The last time South Carolina played at Florida, two years ago, the Gamecocks celebrated a division title.

Coach Steve Spurrier got doused and carried to midfield. Players hooted and hollered on the sideline, in the locker room, and on the flight home.

The Gators remember it vividly.


‘‘That’s a feeling you’ll never forget,’’ safety Josh Evans said.

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No doubt, third-ranked Florida (6-0, 5-0 Southeastern Conference) will use that 36-14 loss as motivation when the ninth-ranked Gamecocks (6-1, 4-1) return to The Swamp in Gainesville on Saturday.

‘‘It’s definitely revenge,’’ Evans said. ‘‘It would mean a lot to this team and definitely the roll we’re on this year trying to stay undefeated.’’

No titles are on the line in this one, but the winner will take command in the Eastern Division. Making it to Atlanta for the SEC championship game is the top goal for both teams, and Saturday’s loser will need help getting there.

‘‘We realize it’s an extremely important game down there in The Swamp,’’ Spurrier said. ‘‘Hopefully our guys will be ready to play their best one of the year.’’


South Carolina is coming off its worst game of the season. Marcus Lattimore was held to 35 yards rushing, Connor Shaw threw two interceptions, and the Gamecocks allowed 258 yards rushing in a 23-21 loss at LSU. The Tigers outgained South Carolina, 406-211, recorded four sacks, and converted 11 of 19 times on third down.

‘‘It was just frustrating,’’ South Carolina linebacker DeVonte Holloman said. ‘‘Some plays, we were at the point of attack and did not make those plays that we’ve been making all year. I felt like we kind of took a punch and we didn’t give one back sometimes. Being more physical, that’s what we’re working on.’’