5. DeVonte Holloman
Holloman had another solid performance Saturday, including a sack of Jeff Driskel to force a punt on Florida's second drive. Holloman finished the game with eight tackles, two for loss, and the sack. He probably would have been higher, but he had that missed tackle on Florida's second touchdown pass.
4. Devin Taylor
Taylor had another solid game Saturday across from Jadeveon Clowney. Taylor finished with just four tackles, but two of those were for loss, and he had one sack. With Clowney receiving so much attention from the Florida offense, Taylor was in one-on-one situations and he was able to perform well.
3. Victor Hampton
Victor Hampton nearly had a huge play. Hampton jumped a route and nearly picked a Driskel pass that would have resulted in a pick six and a 10-7 Carolina lead. Instead he settled for his first of two pass break-ups on the play. He finished with four tackles, but his biggest play was when he returned a blocked extra point for a two-point conversion early in the second half.
2. Byron Jerideau
Jerideau was questionable entering the game with an injured ankle, but he was able to play and made some key plays. In the first half he had a shoelace tackle of Mike Gillislee on what could have been a huge play. Jerideau finished with four tackles, one for a loss, and it was Jerideau that blocked the extra point that led to Hampton's two-point conversion.
Player of the Game
1. Jadeveon Clowney
Clowney proved once again that he was a man among boys Saturday afternoon. He abused defensive linemen, tight ends, and running backs all afternoon and was constantly in the grill of Driskel. Clowney finished with five tackles, two tackles for loss, and one sack, though it appeared he had at least two. He was all over the place and showed why he is the best defensive player in the nation.
Plays of the Game
5. Fumble, part I
For all intents and purposes, Saturday's game was over from the first play of the game. Defensive back Loucheiz Purifoy came on a blitz and made a beeline straight to the chest of Connor Shaw, who somehow didn't see him coming. The ball was knocked around a bit before Lerentee McCray fell on it. It was all downhill from there for the Gamecocks.
4. Fumble, part II
Noticing a theme here? Florida had just been held to a three-and-out for the third consecutive time, but Ace Sanders was stripped of the ball on the punt with the Gators recovering. Florida would score to go up 14-3 and Carolina would commit their third turnover on the following kickoff and Florida was up 21-3 before the offense even stepped onto the field again.
3. Taylor with a big sack
Leading 7-3, Florida took over for their third drive just on their side of the field at the 47. On third and six from Carolina's 49, Jadeveon Clowney pressured Driskel into the waiting arms of Devin Taylor. Taylor planted Driskel for a nine yard loss to give the offense the ball back.
2. Holloman comes clean
After Carolina drove down the field to kick a field goal, Florida took over in their own territory. On third and nine from their 26, DeVonte Holloman came through on a blitz right up the middle and hit Driskel to force a three and out.
1. Jerideau blocks extra point
When your biggest play is a blocked extra point, you know it's not your day. Saturday wasn't Carolina's day. After Florida drove down the field on the opening drive of the second half to take a 27-6 lead, Byron Jerideau burst through the middle of the Florida line to block the extra point. While trying to scoop it up Jerideau knocked it forward and Victor Hampton picked it up and took it the distance. That cut the lead to 27-8 and gave Carolina a little momentum. That momentum was quickly ended when the Gamecocks went three and out on their first possession and Florida drove down for a field goal and a 30-8 lead.
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