Posted by ESPN.com's Chris Low
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- This one had all makings of a scoreless first quarter.
But then Florida did what Florida has been doing for the last month and a half.
The Gators turned on the jets.
Capitalizing on a couple of horrible throws by South Carolina quarterback Chris Smelley, Florida scored three touchdowns in the final 4:37 of the quarter to take a 21-0 lead into the second quarter Saturday at the Swamp.
The Gamecocks' defense has stood its ground. It's not as if the Gators are running up and down the field against the South Carolina defense.
South Carolina simply hasn't been able to handle Florida's defensive pressure, and Smelley has been forced into two interceptions. The first was returned for a touchdown by Florida linebacker Brandon Spikes. The second one set up a Florida touchdown on a 26-yard run by Percy Harvin.
South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier alternated quarterbacks on every snap in the first quarter, but the Gamecocks never found any rhythm. They finished with just 27 yards of total offense in the first quarter.
And anybody who thinks the first quarter doesn't belong to Florida right now might want to consider this statistic: The Gators in their last six games have outscored opponents 101-0 in the first quarter.