Florida’s 10 best wins of past 10 seasons: No. 10, Gators roll Seminoles

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Florida Gators quarterback Feleipe Franks (13) runs with the ball during a game against Florida State at Doak Campbell Stadium, in Tallahassee Nov. 24, 2018. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun]

The decade was a wild one, interesting to be sure with so many ups and downs and four different head coaches for the Florida football team. We start the countdown of the 10 best wins of the decade from 2010-19:

No. 10

2018: Florida 41, FSU 14.

Where: Bobby Bowden Field at Doak Campbell Stadium. 

Rankings: Florida 10th, FSU unranked.

The set-up: Florida went into the game having lost five straight games against the Seminoles and seven of the last eight so it was crucial for the Gators to end that streak. FSU, under first-year coach Willie Taggart, needed a win to keep its 36-year bowl streak alive.

What happened: Florida got a 74-yard run from Lamical Perine in the first half and then blew the game open in the second half. Feleipe Franks threw for three touchdowns and the Gators had almost perfect balance with 282 yards rushing and 254 yards passing. FSU, on the other hand, threw two interceptions, had 10 penalties and allowed five sacks.

Telling stat: Florida was hurting at wide receiver, but Trevon Grimes made a huge impact. He and Van Jefferson combined for nine catches for 210 yards and two touchdowns.

Quote sheet

We weren’t worried about this game. We knew we were the better team.” — Chauncey Gardner-Johnson.

“It was really tough because of what was at stake. Nobody in that locker room wanted to be part of that team that breaks the bowl streak.” — Willie Taggart.

“They’re finding themselves. You’ve got a team that went 4-7 last year, with a new coach, a new program, a new way of doing things. The guys are really learning what we expect out of them in this new program.” — Dan Mullen 

 

3 COMMENTS

  1. Oh come on now. Sure, it was an important win since it signaled to all the naysayers in Gator Nation that CDM was the real deal — which many still refused to accept nevertheless — but in reality it was a win that most of us saw coming even if we hadn’t had faith in Dan Mullen. Taggart was a first year head coach with a sub-.500 record, for starters…….should I go on?