Jake Bentley and Mon Denson each rushed for two touchdowns and SC benefited from a key Florida turnover in defeating the Gators, 28-20, Saturday at Williams-Brice Stadium.
SC (7-3, 5-3 SEC) also got two rushing scores each from running back Mon Denson and quarterback Jake Bentley. The Gators (3-6, 3-5) will finish with a losing SEC record for only the third time since 1992.
They also will finish in at least a tie for second place in the SEC East, and could have second place all to themselves if Kentucky loses another game (the Wildcats finish with Georgia).
Florida finished the game with just 301 total yards as both starter Malik Zaire and his replacement Feleipe Franks failed to get much going.
During the first quarter of the Florida-South Carolina game, the Gamecocks were deep in their half of the field, starting their drive on the four yard line.
But Florida still had one last chance before defensive back Jamyest Williams' interception on a tipped pass near midfield with just over a minute to go.
And in a common theme this season, South Carolina's defense came through.
Florida played without about 25 percent of its scholarship players because of injuries or suspensions. SC will finish with a winning record in the SEC for only the eight time since joining the league in 1992.