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Sunday, October 21, 2012
Schlabach: Florida's unusual BCS recipe

By Mark Schlabach

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- After the first 15 minutes of Saturday's game against No. 9 South Carolina, No. 2 Florida had minus-9 yards of total offense.

After the first 30 minutes, the Gators had more than twice as many penalty yards (64) as they had yards of offense (29).

Yet somehow, Florida had a 15-point halftime lead over the Gamecocks at the Swamp after one of the strangest halves of college football you'll ever see.

The Gators came out in the second half and steamrolled the Gamecocks 44-11 in front of a sellout crowd of 90,833 at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, handing South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier a second consecutive defeat after the Gamecocks opened the season by winning their first six games.

"It's another team win, and we don't have a lot of margin for error here," said Florida coach Will Muschamp, whose Gators improved to 7-0 (6-0 SEC) in his second season, after finishing 7-6 in 2011. "We are a team that is playing defense pretty consistently, and on offense we're doing what we have to do to take advantage of other teams. That's really who we are."

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