Jacksonville St. has 12-year scoring streak ended

Jacksonville State quarterback Marques Ivory (12) throws under pressure from Florida defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd (73) during the second half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in Gainesville, Fla. Florida won the game 23-0.(AP Photo/John Raoux)

Jacksonville State quarterback Marques Ivory (12) throws under pressure from Florida defensive lineman Sharrif Floyd (73) during the second half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in Gainesville, Fla. Florida won the game 23-0.(AP Photo/John Raoux)

Florida head coach Will Muschamp, right, speaks with an official during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Jacksonville State on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in Gainesville, Fla. Florida won the game 23-0.(AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)

Florida head coach Will Muschamp, right, speaks with an official during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Jacksonville State on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in Gainesville, Fla. Florida won the game 23-0.(AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)

Florida quarterback Jacoby Brissett (12) scrambles from the grasp of Jacksonville State defensive back Keginald Harris (28) as he looks for a receiver during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in Gainesville, Fla.  Florida won the game 23-0. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)

Florida quarterback Jacoby Brissett (12) scrambles from the grasp of Jacksonville State defensive back Keginald Harris (28) as he looks for a receiver during the first half of an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in Gainesville, Fla. Florida won the game 23-0. (AP Photo/Phil Sandlin)

Jacksonville State head coach Jack Crowe directs his players during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Florida, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in Gainesville, Fla. Florida won the game 23-0.(AP Photo/John Raoux)

Jacksonville State head coach Jack Crowe directs his players during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Florida, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in Gainesville, Fla. Florida won the game 23-0.(AP Photo/John Raoux)

Florida kicker Caleb Sturgis (19) hive-fives fans after defeating Jacksonville State 23-0 in an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in Gainesville, Fla. Sturgis kicked three field goals in the game.(AP Photo/John Raoux)

Florida kicker Caleb Sturgis (19) hive-fives fans after defeating Jacksonville State 23-0 in an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in Gainesville, Fla. Sturgis kicked three field goals in the game.(AP Photo/John Raoux)

Jacksonville State linebacker Rashad Smith looks toward the scoreboard during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Florida, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in Gainesville, Fla. Florida won the game 23-0.(AP Photo/John Raoux)

Jacksonville State linebacker Rashad Smith looks toward the scoreboard during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Florida, Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in Gainesville, Fla. Florida won the game 23-0.(AP Photo/John Raoux)

Florida players, including offensive linesman Xavier Nixon (73), defensive back Jeremy Brown (8) and offensive linesman Sam Robey (50) celebrate a 23-0 victory over Jacksonville State in an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in Gainesville, Fla.(AP Photo/John Raoux)

Florida players, including offensive linesman Xavier Nixon (73), defensive back Jeremy Brown (8) and offensive linesman Sam Robey (50) celebrate a 23-0 victory over Jacksonville State in an NCAA college football game on Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in Gainesville, Fla.(AP Photo/John Raoux)

Florida running back Mike Gillislee (23) runs through the Jacksonville State defense for yardage during the second half of an NCAA college football game  Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in Gainesville, Fla. Florida won the game 23-0.(AP Photo/John Raoux)

Florida running back Mike Gillislee (23) runs through the Jacksonville State defense for yardage during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012, in Gainesville, Fla. Florida won the game 23-0.(AP Photo/John Raoux)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) — The bad news for Jacksonville State was that it will have to start a new streak after Florida became the first team to hold the Gamecocks scoreless in 12 years.

The good news is the Alabama school left town with its athletic department $500,000 richer after its 23-0 loss to the No. 7 Gators on Saturday. The half-million payout to the Gamecocks will go a long way to balance out the school's athletic budget. And while there are few good things about a shutout, the Gamecocks came away from the game against the nation's No. 7 ranked team with some positive feelings.

"We could have scored on them," JSU coach Jack Crowe said. "We had some scoring opportunities in the first half.

"I was proud of our guys for the way they fought. I appreciate having the opportunity to play the University of Florida. We don't take these games for granted. They are very important to us."

Jacksonville State made an opening statement on the first play of the game. Kevyn Cooper took a short pass from Marques Ivory, was sandwiched between two Florida defenders but rolled over on top of one, regained his balance and went 76 yards down the sideline before he was caught from behind at the 7-yard line.

The Gamecocks couldn't push it any closer however and came up empty when Griffin Thomas' 25-yard field goal attempt sailed wide left.

"I thought we were going to score and get up on them early," Cooper said. "I thought we were going to give them a challenge early.

"It would have changed the momentum of the game and it would have given us more confidence or some more momentum to keep going and keep scoring on them."

The Gamecocks only managed to cross midfield once after that however as the Gators defense limited them to 166 total yards in the game following Cooper's long gain. The shutout was the first against JSU in 134 games since a 28-0 loss to Troy State on Nov. 18, 2000.

But JSU's defensive effort was nearly equal to the Gators' showing. Florida scored on its opening possession, but on four other drives that reached the 30-yard line, the Gators had to settle for field goal attempts, converting on three of them. The only other UF score in the game came on an interception return by Gators linebacker Jonathan Bostic.

Florida put together drives of 80, 61, 25 and 70 yards in its first four possessions, but managed just 10 points on those 236 total yards. On the Gators' seven other drives the rest of the game, they accumulated just 105 total yards and six points.

"I stressed to people on defense that players are players. We all played against different players in high school," said linebacker Rashad Smith who finished with five tackles. "We knew we could hang with them. A man can take out another man."

Jacksonville State (6-5) is a Football Championship Series (FCS) program in the Ohio Valley Conference. Seven FCS schools scored more points on Jacksonville State this season than Florida did on Saturday.

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