Florida turned one fumble by visiting Southern California into a touchdown and Wayne Peach quarterbacked the 11th-ranked Gators 97 yards for another score.
Peace, who passed for 146 yards, ended the first scoring drive, which began after a fumble by Trojan quarterback Shawn Salisbury and took eight plays to go 40 yards, with a one-yard pass to Spencer Jackson. Peace passed his team nearly the length of the field for the second touchdown.
Salisbury was intercepted by cornerback Ivory Curry at the Florida two with 3:23 remaining and strong safety Randy Clark returned an interception 21 yards to the Florida 48 with 1:33 to go. The game ended with the Trojans on Florida's 22.
Wilber Marshall, the Gators' amazingly quick outside linebacker who was in on all four of Florida's quarterback sacks, said, "It has to be the greatest win ever . . . Florida needed some respect and our players needed some respect. You just don't know what this game means to me and my team and to my coach (Charley Pell)."
"Every time you looked up you saw him (Marshall) on you," said Salisbury. "I'm a little sore right now and I know an awful lot of it has to do with No. 88 (Marshall)."
The Gators (2-0), who gained 134 yards on the ground, held the Trojans (0-1) to 84 rushing.