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Final: Florida 56, South Carolina 6

11/15/2008

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- If there is any end in sight to this Florida onslaught, the No. 4 Gators didn't show any signs of it Saturday at the Swamp.

They also didn't show any mercy on the guy once renowned for running up the score on this same field.

The Head Ball Coach's return to his old stomping grounds was, well, a stomp.

Florida raced out to a 21-0 first-quarter lead and won its sixth straight in convincing fashion, a 56-6 demolition of Steve Spurrier's No. 25-ranked South Carolina Gamecocks.

The Gators (9-1, 7-1 SEC) are now finished with their SEC tests until the SEC Championship Game showdown with Alabama on Dec. 6. They have a home game with The Citadel next weekend and then travel to Florida State on Nov. 29.

At this point, holding Florida under 40 points would be an accomplishment. The Gators have scored at least 42 points in their last five games.

Quarterback Tim Tebow, who threw a touchdown pass and ran for a touchdown, was done two minutes into the fourth quarter.

The Gamecocks (7-4, 4-4 SEC) didn't play that poorly defensively in the first half, but wore down after being on the field so long and started giving up big plays.
Two first-quarter interceptions by South Carolina quarterback Chris Smelley, one returned for a touchdown by Brandon Spikes, opened the door for the Florida rout.