The undermanned Florida football team, playing without starting quarterback Tyler Murphy and corner Marcus Roberson on top of all their other injuries, put up a game fight at South Carolina Saturday night before losing 19-14 to the Gamecocks.
Florida ends the SEC at 3-5 and the Gators drop to 4-6 overall and now will try to break a five game losing streak. The Gamecocks keep their SEC East title hopes alive by finishing 6-2 in the SEC and they’re now 8-2 overall.
With Murphy out because of a shoulder injury, redshirt freshman Skyler Mornhinweg got his first collegiate start and things looked good early for the Gators as freshman tailback Kelvin Taylor scored two first half touchdowns to give the Gators a 14-6 halftime lead.
But the Gator offense couldn’t do much in the second half and Mornhinweg’s interception late in the game sealed the outcome in favor of the Gamecocks. While the Gamecock offense did not do much, it did make some big plays late in the game to score points that helped get them the win.
Florida now finishes its season at home, hosting Georgia Southern next week before hosting FSU in its regular season finale.