Live updates from today’s SEC Showdown at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville between No. 7 Auburn and No. 10 Florida.
UF QB Kyle Trask teams up with Freddie Swain for a 64-yard scoring pass play on the Gators’ second play from scrimmage following a three-and-out by Auburn.
Auburn cashes in a Trask fumble when sacked with a 38-yard field goal by Anders Carlson to make the score 7-3 with 7:11 showing.
UF running back Dameon Pierce fumbles, with Auburn recovering at the UF 44. Pierce was taken to locker room for observation.
Auburn again cashes in the UF turnover with Carlson’s 39-yard field goal, cutting the deficit to 7-6 with 3:01 left in the quarter.
Jeremiah Moon recovers a muffed punt by Auburn’s Ja’Varrius Johnson at the Tigers 17.
On third down, Trask again fumbles while back passing. Derrick Brown recovers and returns to UF’s 35-yard line.
What went right: After the defense opened the game with a quick three-and-out, a lightning bolt by the offense on its second play, a 64-yard touchdown strike from Kyle Trask to Freddie Swain on a quick slant. Swain ran 55 yards after the catch for the sudden score. The defense somehow found a way to keep UF in the lead at the end of the quarter, coming up with two critical third-down stops to force the Tigers to settle for field goals following two lost Florida fumbles, both on the UF side of the 50.
What went wrong: The Gators, knowing they had to take care of the ball to win this game, lost three fumbles, two by Trask and one by running back Dameon Pierce. The second Trask fumble killed a UF scoring chance after Jeremiah Moon recovered a muffed punt on the AU 2. The sack/fumble came on the final play of the quarter, with defensive tackle Derrick Brown scooping up the loose ball and returning it 42 yards to the UF 35.
Play of the quarter: The Trask-to-Swain touchdown connection.
Trending: Auburn’s opportunistic defense.
— Robbie Andreu
Note: Four-star 2020 offensive lineman Issiah Walker verbally committed to Florida coach Dan Mullen before the game, he announced on social media.
UF safety Shawn Davis intercepts Auburn QB Bo Nix and returns 41 yards. Tack on personal foul penalty on Auburn to the Auburn 18.
Trask then hits Josh Hammond for a 13-yard TD pass to put UF up 14-6.
UF punter Tommy Townsend is dumped for a loss of one yard to the UF 33 in what appeared to be a fake punt.
Nix hits Seth Williams for a 32-yard score to make it UF 14-13 with 10:23 remaining in the half.
All Tigers points followed Gators mistakes.
Trask appeared to have suffered a leg injury when hit by an Auburn defender at the 10:18 mark on a pass attempt. He walked to the UF locker room. Jones takes over at QB.
Jones leads UF to a 41-yard field goal by Evan McPherson to make it UF 17-13 with 5:49 remaining to cap a 10-play, 51-yard drive.
Trask returns from locker room.
Jones remains at QB for UF.
Trask back at QB after Auburn punts to the Gator 32 with 1:09 left.
Auburn has two first downs and 92 total yards in first half. UF defense making a stand.
What went right: The best thing that happened is Trask came running out of the locker room late in the quarter and ended up going back into the game after getting injured with a little more than 10 minutes left in the quarter. It appeared Trask had sustain a possible game-ending injury to his knee, but after going to the locker room for treatment, he was able to return. The second-best thing was a spectacular one-handed interception by safety Shawn Davis that he returned 41 yards to the Auburn 18. Two plays later, Trask threw a touchdown pass to Josh Hammond that put the Gators up 14-6. The third-best thing was Emory Jones coming off the bench and leading the Gators on a drive that ended with a 41-yard Evan McPherson field goal that put UF 17-13, a lead it held onto for the remainder of the half.
What went wrong: The Gators helped the Tigers out with yet another critical mistake, this one coming on a failed fake punt attempt by Tommy Townsend that gave Auburn the ball on the UF 32. On the very next play, Bo Nix threw a 32-yard TD strike to Seth Williams to make it a one-point game. On the play, starting safety Donovan Stiner appeared to injure his shoulder.
Play of the quarter: The interception and long return by Davis that set up the Trask-to-Hammond TD.
Trending: The Florida defense, which for the most part, dominated the quarter.
— Robbie Andreu
Auburn 6 7
Florida 7 10
Key play of the quarter was UF safety Donovan Stiner intercepting the Auburn quarterback for a touchback.
What went right: After Nix found Williams open for a 46-yard pass play late in the quarter, the Gators snuffed out the scoring threat when Stiner came up with an interception in the end zone. Other than the one big play, the defense remained in control of the game.
What went wrong: The defense gave up consecutive first downs on the ground before Nix found Williams open 10 yards behind cornerback CJ Henderson. Offensively, the Gators failed to consistently move the ball against the stout Tigers defense, basically giving up on the running game.
Play of the quarter: Stiner’s interception in the end zone.
Trending: Auburn’s running game opened up the big play in the passing game.
–– Robbie Andreu
Auburn 6 7 0
Florida 7 10 0
Trask is sacked and fumbles the ball away again. Auburn returns to its 40 after UF had a first down at the Tigers 18 on a nice drive.
Attendance is 90,584.
Nix is sacked for a loss of 22 yards, as Auburn gets nothing on the drive following the turnover by UF.
Lamical Perine goes 88 yards for a touchdown to put the Gators up 24-13 with 9:04 remaining. Perine broke two tackles en route to the score, the fifth longest scoring run in Gator history and the longest since Emmitt Smith scored a 96-yard TD against MSU in 1988.
UF picks up a key first down with a trick play that worked against LSU last year. Tight end Lucas Krull took a hand-off from Trask and threw back to Trask for a first down at the Auburn 38 with 3:35 remaining in the game.
Cornerback Marco Wilson iced the Gators’ 10th consecutive win with an interception at the UF 47 with 2:28 remaining.
The Gators improved to 6-0, 3-0 in the SEC, while Auburn falls to 5-1, 2-1. UF plays at No. 5 LSU (5-0, 1-0) at 8 p.m. next Saturday in a game on ESPN.
What went right: The biggest thing, of course, was Lamical Perine’s 88-yard touchdown dash that put the Gators up 24-13 with 9:04 to play. Perine’s game-changing moment came on the first offensive play after defensive end/tackle Zachary Carter sacked Nix for a 22-yard loss on third down that took the Tigers out of field goal range. After the Perine score, the defense came up big again, getting a stop on fourth-and-12 from the AU 45 when Nix scrambled out of the pocket and was stop only halfway to the line to get. In the final minutes, it was the defense again, a Marco Wilson interception that ended any doubt.
What went wrong: Trask lost his third fumble of the game early in the quarter, but the defense once again had his back, preventing the Tigers from turning it into points.
Play of the quarter: Perine’s 88-yard TD run that made The Swamp erupt — and at the same time breathe again.
No. 10 Florida 24, No. 7 Auburn 13
FLA_Swain 64 pass from Trask (McPherson kick), 13:12
AUB_FG Carlson 48, 7:11
AUB_FG Carlson 39, 3:01
FLA_Hammond 13 pass from Trask (McPherson kick), 13:28
AUB_S.Williams 32 pass from Nix (Carlson kick), 10:23
FLA_FG McPherson 41, 5:49
FLA_Perine 88 run (McPherson kick), 9:04
|Time of Possession||26:19||33:41|
RUSHING_Auburn, Whitlow 18-81, Martin 5-29, Nix 10-18, Schwartz 1-(minus 4). Florida, Perine 14-130, M.Davis 5-16, E.Jones 3-13, Hammond 1-6, Pierce 1-3, To.Townsend 1-(minus 1), Trask 8-(minus 35).
PASSING_Auburn, Nix 11-27-3-145. Florida, E.Jones 5-7-0-28, Krull 1-1-0-4, Trask 19-31-0-234.
RECEIVING_Auburn, S.Williams 4-79, M.Miller 2-22, Stove 2-14, Hastings 1-13, Cannella 1-12, J.Wilson 1-5. Florida, Pitts 8-65, Swain 6-146, Perine 4-15, Hammond 2-23, Cleveland 2-(minus 1), Jefferson 1-10, Grimes 1-4, Trask 1-4.
MISSED FIELD GOALS_None.