Gators shut out Jacksonville State 23-0

Florida's Trey Burton stiff arms Jacksonville State's Denzel Bynum during the first half at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, Fla., Saturday, November 17, 2012. (Doug Finger/Staff Photographer)

The Gainesville Sun
Published: Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 4:27 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, November 17, 2012 at 4:27 p.m.

No. 7 Florida used a strong defensive effort to overcome a sluggish offensive performance in a 23-0 win over Jacksonville State on Saturday.

The Gators scored a touchdown on their first possession when Mike Gillislee plowed into the end zone from seven yards out. But that was the only offensive touchdown all day from Florida.

The Gators (10-1) also scored on a 7-yard interception return by Jonathan Bostic early in the third quarter. Caleb Sturgis added three field goals from 21, 44 and 47 yards out to complete the scoring.

Florida's defense allowed a 76-yard pass completion on the first play of the game, but held the Gamecocks to 176 total yards the rest of the game. Jacksonville State, an FCS program that plays in the Ohio Valley Conference, completed its season with a 6-5 record.

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