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Quarterback Jason Brown led the Gamecocks to the win over Florida in his first career start in Columbia (SEC provided photo)

Shane Beamer had his first win over a big-name program. Saturday night at Williams-Brice, the Gamecocks, as 18-point underdogs, routed the Florida Gators 40-17 putting a brand-new spin on their season. The Gamecocks are 5-4 overall and 2-4 in the SEC, and they need just one win over their final three games to become bowl eligible.

Transfer Jason Brown started at quarterback for the injured Zeb Noland and showed that he belonged in the SEC. Brown was a prolific passer on the FCS level at St. Francis of Pennsylvania, and he was highly effective against the Gators completing 14 of 24 passes for 175 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions.

Josh Vann led the receivers with seven catches for 111 yards and a touchdown.

The Gamecocks finished with 459 yards, 284 coming on the ground. Kevin Harris rushed for 128 yards and averaged 8 yards per carry, and ZaQuandre White added 111 yards and also averaged over 8 yards per touch.

Not to be overlooked, the Gamecock defense also shined Saturday night holding the Gators to jut 82 rushing yards and 340 total yards.

The game was tied 10-10 early in the second quarter, and then UofSC scored the next 30 points. Brown threw a pair of touchdown passes, one to Vann and one to Jaheim Bell, defensive tackle Jabari Ellis scooped up a fumble and returned it 18 yards for a score, and Parker White nailed three field goals. He had four on the night.

The Gamecocks play their final regular season road game next Saturday at Missouri with kickoff at 4 p.m.

The men’s and women’s basketball teams played exhibition games against teams from Benedict College earlier in the week in advance of their regular season openers next week.

The men won their game 101-76 as newcomer James Reese V led all scorers with 21 points. The Gamecocks will open their season at home Tuesday night against Upstate.

The no. 1 ranked women also rolled in their game 98-41. Syracuse transfer Kamilla Cardoso led the Gamecocks with 18 points. They will open their season Tuesday afternoon at 5 p.m. at fifth-ranked NC State on ESPN.

The sixth-ranked women’s golf team won their second event of the fall beating a strong field in the Landfill Tradition in Wilmington, NC. The Gamecocks fired a final round of eight under par and won by 12 shots over Michigan. The Gamecocks Justine Fournand won the individual title by three shots.

The men’s team finished second in the Daniel Island Intercollegiate finishing at minus two, four shots behind Seton Hall. Senior All-American Ryan Hall had the Gamecocks’ best score finishing sixth at two under par.

The women’s soccer team lost to Auburn 2-1 in the quarterfinals of the SEC Tournament. Catherine Barry scored the UofSC goal in the 71st minutes. The Gamecocks are 11-6-1. They will learn their spot in the NCAA Tournament Monday afternoon.

The men dropped their Senior Night game against Old Dominion 3-2 Friday night at Stone Stadium. That was their final game of the season, and they finished 5-9-2 under first year coach Tony Annan.

The volleyball team Thursday night defeated reigning national champion Kentucky in five sets, after trailing 2-1. The Gamecocks snapped a 13-game losing streak to the Wildcats, however, the Wildcats extracted their revenge Friday night with a straight sets victory. The Gamecocks are 13-11 overall and 5-9 in the SEC. They play at Auburn Wednesday.

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