South Carolina's A.J. Turner gained 136 yards on 22 carries as the Gamecocks rushed for a season-high 220 yards in a 28-20 victory, handing Florida its fifth straight loss Saturday in Columbia, S.C.
With South Carolina leading 7-0 in the first quarter, Henderson intercepted a pass from Jake Bentley at the Gamecocks' 25 and ran the ball toward the end zone. The Gators are guaranteed of having a losing SEC record for just the third time since 1992.
Florida's C.J. Henderson made the pick near the SC 25-yard-line, ran toward the endzone, but tight end Hayden Hurst knocked the ball away from Henderson just shy of the goal line and USC running back A.J. Turner picked it up and then sprinted ahead for a gain of 24 yards to regain the possession for SC.
Alas, the play didn't do anything to SC as they had to punt a few plays later. The Gators converted as many fourth downs (2 for 2) as third downs (2 for 15).
Hamlin eliminated from playoffs, Keselowski advances
By virtue of his victory, Brad Keselowski , who finished the race in 15th, also clinched his place in the Championship 4. Hamlin and Chase Elliott were racing for third place in the final 50 laps, as each put the bumper to the other.
The Gators forced four turnovers in the game, but also gave the ball back three times.
Florida played without about 25 percent of its scholarship players because of injuries or suspensions.
South Carolina: Bentley, a sophomore, has 13 interceptions in his career. Five of them have come in the past two games. SC will finish with a winning record in the SEC for only the eight time since joining the league in 1992.