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Florida routs South Carolina 38-6, becomes bowl eligible

Nov 12, 2022; Gainesville, Florida, USA; South Carolina Gamecocks wide receiver Jalen Brooks (13) causes Florida Gators wide receiver Xzavier Henderson (3) to fumble the ball on special teams during the first quarter at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony Richardson threw for two touchdowns and ran for another as host Florida became bowl-eligible in coach Billy Napier’s first season with a 38-6 victory over South Carolina on Saturday in Gainesville, Fla.

Richardson went 11-for-23 passing for 112 yards and rushed for 96 yards for the Gators (6-4, 3-4 SEC), who dominated the Gamecocks (6-4, 3-4) from the opening kickoff.

Montrell Johnson Jr. ran for 161 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries, while Trevor Etienne rushed for 100 yards, including an 85-yard touchdown run, on eight carries. Caleb Douglas had three receptions for 53 yards for the Gators, who scored touchdowns on their first three possessions and kicked a field goal on their fourth drive.

Spencer Rattler went for 18-for-26 passing for 145 yards, while Jaheim Bell ran for 30 yards on 12 carries. Dakereon Joiner had two catches for 73 yards, including a catch for a 48-yard score off a fake punt.

Florida outgained the Gamecocks 515-205, holding them to just 11 first downs and 3 for 11 on third-down conversions. The Gators rushed for 374 yards and three touchdowns.

Leading 24-6 at halftime, the Gators put the game away on Richardson’s 4-yard touchdown pass to Jonathan Odom for a 31-6 lead with 9:43 left in the third quarter.

Johnson’s 8-yard touchdown run extended the lead to 38-6 with 6:02 left in the game.

The Gators took a 7-0 lead on their opening possession when Richardson’s 3-yard run capped a 14-play, 75-yard drive with 9:17 left in the first quarter.

After a South Carolina punt, Richardson capped a seven-play, 64-yard drive with a 15-yard strike to Pearsall for a 14-0 lead with 4:31 left in the first quarter.

The Gators pushed the lead 21-0 when Etienne ran down the sideline 85 yards into the end zone with 1:59 left in the first quarter.

Florida outgained South Carolina 219-37 in the first 15 minutes.

Adam Mihalek’s 28-yard field goal made it 24-0 with 6:24 left in the half.

South Carolina pulled to 24-6 when punter Kai Kroeger threw a 48-yard touchdown pass to Joyner on a fake punt with 1:52 remaining in the first half, though the two-point conversion failed.

–Field Level Media