South Carolina vs. Florida 2012: Special teams sparks Gators win

Florida convincingly beat South Carolina by a 44-11 margin on Saturday to improve to 7-0 on the season, thanks in large part to the play of their special teams unit.

The Gators' special teams unit forced two fumbles, which led to two touchdowns, had a significant return on an onside kick that directly resulted in another touchdown, and blocked a South Carolina field goal.

Andy Hutchins of Alligator Army was impressed by Florida's special teams play:

Kyle Christy is the best punter I have ever seen suit up for Florida. I realize this is sacrilege, given that I saw Chas Henry play, but Christy averaged 54.3 yards per punt on seven punts on Saturday, topping his career high for average by more than five yards per punt and besting his career high for long punt with a 62-yard boot.

The offensive unit needed help from special teams to secure the victory as it only managed 183 yards of total offense. Quarterback Jeff Driskel was 11-of-16 for 93 yards passing with four touchdowns, while Mike Gillislee rushed 19 times for 37 yards. Florida, as a team, only managed 89 yards rushing on 48 attempts.

Florida will prepare for No. 11 Georgia this week and host the Bulldogs this coming Saturday.

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