COLUMBIA -- When head coach Steve Spurrier took the South Carolina job back in 2005, his friends in Florida told him he crazy.
Yeah, crazy like a fox -- or maybe a Gamecock.
With South Carolina's 17-12 win over Florida on Saturday, the Gamecocks have beaten the Gators, Georgia and Tennessee in back-to-back years for the first time in school history. The Gamecocks went a perfect 5-0 against the SEC East and won six conference games for the first time as well.
"This one's a special one," Spurrier said after the game. "I don't mind telling you. I'll tell you what I told the team. When I took this job seven years ago, some of my buddies down in Florida said, 'Steve, you're crazy. You're going to go up there and get your butt beat, like every other South Carolina coach.
"You're not going to beat Florida. You can't beat Georgia, Tennessee. Why do you want to get into all that?' I just said, 'Well, I believe South Carolina does have a chance.' It was special to know we're 6-0 the last two years against Tennessee, Florida and Georgia.'"
Prior to Spurrier's arrival in 2005, the Gamecocks had lost 14 straight to the Gators, with the last win coming in 1939. The Gamecocks are 3-4 against the Gators under Spurrier.
The Gamecocks are 3-4 against Georgia and 4-3 against Tennessee under Spurrier. USC had lost eight of 10 to the Bulldogs prior to 2007 and 12 straight to the Volunteers, with the last win coming in 1992, before Spurrier took over.
"Beating Florida, this game means a lot to (Spurrier)," said South Carolina quarterback Connor Shaw.
"I'm not saying that it means more to him than others, but definitely we want to win this more. We can say that we beat Florida back to back. I don't care if it's in a down year or anything. That's tough to do."
Jeffery sets mark
Alshon Jeffery hasn't exactly been as productive as he would like in the South Carolina passing game, but it has been good enough for him to set the school's all-time record for receiving yards.
Jeffery, who has 39 receptions for 504 yards this season, caught three passes for 17 yards against Florida. He now has 2,784 receiving yards for his career, breaking Kenny McKinley's mark of 2,781 yards.
Jeffery, a junior, has 173 career receptions, which trails McKinley's school mark of 207 catches.
"It's the same feeling, I don't have any different feelings," Jeffery said.
"It's just a normal day for me. It is something that my teammates helped me accomplish."
Running back Brandon Wilds and Shaw ran the read option to perfection against the Gators.
Shaw and Wilds combined for 208 of the 215 rushing yards the Gamecocks had against the Gators, most of it coming on the spread offense's signature read option.
Wilds finished with 120 yards on 29 attempts, his second 100-yard game in three starts, while Shaw ran for 88 yards and two touchdowns.
The Gators came into the game giving up just 123.3 yards per game on the ground, which ranked 23rd nationally.
Like a lot of teams this year, the Gators played a lot of zone coverage in the secondary, daring the Gamecocks to run the ball.
"Connor being able to run the ball helps a lot, especially when we run that read option," Wilds said. "The end crashes hard on me, and Connor is able to sweep around for a good gain and that happened a lot today."
After a disastrous game last week against Arkansas, the Gamecocks' special teams were solid in the victory over Florida.
The Gators managed just 34 yards on kickoff returns and only six yards on punt returns.
The Gamecocks, meanwhile, had 103 yards on kickoff returns and eight yards on punt returns. The only mistake the Gamecocks made on special teams was Jay Wooten's missed 40-yard field goal.
The Gamecocks had not attempted a single field goal inside the 20-yard line this season, or the red zone as it is commonly referred to, until Wooten's 28-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.
There were no new injuries reported for South Carolina after the game.
Melvin Ingram suffered a minor shoulder injury in the second half and Shaw got the wind knocked out of him, but returned.
Running back Marcus Lattimore said he wasn't sure when he was going to have surgery on his injured knee.
"They haven't told me," Lattimore said. "Hopefully, it's soon."
DeVonte Holloman (concussion) did not play.
Antonio Allen, who missed the Arkansas game with a sore neck, led the Gamecocks with nine tackles.
This and that
Brison Williams got his first start. Williams is the 20th player to get his first career start this season. … Jadeveon Clowney forced his fifth fumble. … Melvin Ingram has 6 1/2 sacks this season, second in the SEC. … Chris Rainey's 47-yard rush was the longest allowed this season by the Gamecocks. … Stratford High School sophomore QB Jacob Park was at the game.