The game started out rough for the Florida Gators when quarterback John Brantley was sacked on the second play of the game, fumbling the ball and turning it over giving South Carolina the ball at the 35-yard line. The Gamecocks however went backwards on the drive and couldn't capitalize, punting the football. For the next few drives, neither offense could move the football, trading punts. The Gators got a nice interception by De'Ante Sanders that put their offense at midfield, and they were able to add some points. The Gators moved down to the goal line on the legs of Chris Rainey and Jeff Demps, but had to settle for a 21-yard field goal to go up 3-0.
After the field goal, South Carolina got the football back and began to impose their will on the Gators defense as the first quarter came to a close. The Gamecocks picked up yardage on the ground quarterback Connor Shaw and running back Brandon Wilds. The Gamecocks were knocking the door of the redzone as the first quarter ended.
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