FINAL: Florida 41, Florida State 14

UF receiver Van Jefferson catches a 39-yard pass from Feleipe Franks in the first quarter Saturday against FSU in Tallahassee. [Lauren Bacho/Staff photographer]

A live scoring blog for Saturday’s college football game between Florida and Florida State at Doak Campbell Stadium in Tallahassee:

First quarter

Freshman kicker Evan McPherson hits a 27-yard field goal as time expired to put UF up 3-0.

The Gators had a first-and-goal inside the FSU 10 earlier in the quarter, but came out empty when QB Feleipe Franks was stopped for no gain on fourth-and-2. McPherson’s kick capped a nine-play, 66-yard drive in 3:47 time of possession. A 39-yard pass from Franks to Van Jefferson highlighted the drive.

UF outgained FSU 102-29.

Note: UF receiver Tyrie Cleveland went to the locker room with trainers while holding his right side after landing on his shoulder on a downfield pass. He returned to the sideline with his arm in a sling.

What went right: Wide receiver Van Jefferson made a great, diving catch for 39-yard gain that set up the only score of the quarter, a 27-yard field goal by Evan McPherson. After going three-and-out on UF’s first possession, the Gators had some success moving the ball and the line did a solid job protecting Feleipe Franks. On the other side of the ball, the defense dominated. The Seminoles had only three first downs, two coming on penalties.

What went wrong: The Gators scored only three points after having a first down on the FSU 6-yard line midway through the quarter and on the 18 late in the quarter. After Franks was flushed from the pocket on third-and-goal and threw incomplete on the first possession, Dan Mullen elected to go on fourth-and-goal from the 2. Franks tried to run over the left side but was brought down for no game. The missed opportunity gave the Seminoles some early momentum.

 Play of the quarter: Jefferson’s diving catch.

Trending: The Florida defense.

— Robbie Andreu

Florida                 3

Florida State        0

Second quarter

Lamical Perine took off on a 74-yard scoring run to put UF up 10-0 at the 13:24 mark of the quarter.

An illegal shift on FSU called back a 70-yard scoring pass play with running back Cam Akers. FSU punted an incomplete pass later.

Franks and receiver Trevon Grimes teamed up for a 53-yard pass play to the FSU 9-yard line. The drive stalled there and McPherson hit a 23-yard field goal with 7:35 left.

QB Deondre Francios got the Seminoles back in the game with a 15-yard TD pass to Akers, who made a highlight reel one-handed catch in the end zone, to make it 13-7 with 5:25 remaining. The score capped an eight-play, 75-yard drive.

“Hurry-up offense has been an issue for the Gator defense in second half of the season. FSU went 75 yards in 2:10 and Gators looked confused in the secondary. 13-7 Florida. Red zone issues also killing Gators (Three trips in red zone produce 2 field goals, turnover on downs.).” — Pat Dooley

Florida has outgained FSU 265-124 in the first half.

What went right: In the opening moments of the quarter, running back Lamical Perine burst through a hole on the left side and raced untouched 74 yards to give the Gators a 10-0 lead. Midway through the quarter, Franks, on an RPO, threw a strike over the middle to Trevon Grimes for 54 yards that gave the Gators a first down on the FSU nine and set up a chip-shot field goal by McPherson to build the lead to 13-0.

What went wrong: After the big Grimes catch, the offense stalled again inside the 10-yard line and had to settle for another field goal. The defense, so dominant through the first quarter-and-a-half, struggled with FSU’s up-tempo offense and surrendered a 75-yard touchdown drive to make it a 13-7 game. The key play on the drive was allowing quarterback Deondre Francois to scramble for a first down on a third-and-11.

Play of the quarter: The 54 yard Franks-to-Grimes connection.

Trending: The Seminoles.

— Robbie Andreu

Florida                 3     10

Florida State        0      7

Third quarter

The Gators go 75 yards in 12 plays with the first drive of half and scored on a 3-yard TD pass from Franks to receiver Josh Hammond, giving UF a 20-7 lead at 10:53.

Announced attendance at Doak: 71,953.

The teams have combined for 15 penalties today, midway through this quarter.

Defensive end Jachai Polite stripped Francois  of the ball on third down and Cece Jefferson recovered at the FSU 22.

On the next play, Franks throws a 22-yard bullet to Grimes in the end zone for a 27-7 lead at 6:20.

Francios helped FSU cut the deficit to 27-14 with 4:16 left in the quarter by escaping trouble on fourth-and-13 with a 32-yard run to the UF 4. He then scored on the next play.

UF has 411 total yards, FSU 208 at the end of three quarters.

What went right: Lots of stuff for the Gators. Maybe the best thing they did was take the second-half kickoff and promptly drive 75 yards for a touchdown. The offense got the game going by gashing the Seminoles in the running game. The drive ended with a 3-yard TD pass from Franks to Josh Hammond. A little later in the quarter, the defense came up big, with Jachai Polite coming up with a sack fumble and Cece Jefferson recovered on the FSU 22. On the next play, Franks scrambled and hit Grimes in the end zone for a 27-7 lead with 6:20 left to go.

What went wrong: Just one bad play, really, letting Francois scramble for a 34-yard gain down to the UF four on a fourth-and-13 play. On the next play, Francois scored on a 4-yard run.

Play of the quarter: The sack/fumble by Polite that set up the quick touchdown.

Trending: The Florida offense responded to the Francois TD with a drive down to the FSU 33 at the end of the quarter.

— Robbie Andreu

Florida                 3     10     14   

Florida State        0      7       7      

Fourth quarter

Franks connected with Jefferson for a 38-yard score to cap an eight-play, 75-yard drive for a 34-14 lead. Franks had a 14-yard completion to Kadarius Toney on third-and-eight to keep drive alive. Franks is 14-for-22 for 232 yards and 3 touchdowns with a 197.2 QB rating.

Freshman defensive back Trey Dean III intercepted Francios and returned it 44 yards to the FSU 48.

UF moved the ball inside the 10-yard line but came away empty when Franks’ fourth-down pass was knocked down.

Jordan Scarlett scores on a nine-yard run to up the UF lead to 41-14 with 3:56 remaining.

Florida with 534 yards of offense, third straight game of surpassing the 500-yard mark.

Safety Donovan Stiner intercepts Francois to seal it.

Nick Sproles in at QB for the Gators.

UF finishes the regular season at 9-3 and a strong resume for a New Year’s 6 Bowl. FSU ends at 5-7, its 36-year bowl streak and 41-year winning record streak over.

What went right: It couldn’t have gotten off to a better start. On the first play, Franks was flushed out of the pocket, kept his eyes downfield and found Jefferson in the end zone for a 38-yard touchdown to put the Gators up by 20. A little later in the quarter, true freshman cornerback Trey Dean ended a potential FSU scoring threat with an interception and 44-yard return on a fourth-and-nine play from the 26. The Gators put the game completely out of reach with Jordan Scarlett’s 9-yard TD run with 3:56 remaining.

What went wrong: The Gators missed another scoring opportunity deep in the red zone, when UF was stuffed on a fourth-and-two play from the 7-yard line.

Play of the quarter: The touchdown pass from Franks to Jefferson that stretched the lead to 34-14.

Florida 3 10 14 14—41
Florida St. 0 7 7 0—14
First Quarter

FLA_FG McPherson 27, :00

Second Quarter

FLA_Perine 74 run (McPherson kick), 13:24

FLA_FG McPherson 23, 7:35

FSU_Akers 15 pass from Francois (Aguayo kick), 5:25

Third Quarter

FLA_Hammond 3 pass from Franks (McPherson kick), 10:53

FLA_Grimes 22 pass from Franks (McPherson kick), 6:20

FSU_Francois 4 run (Aguayo kick), 4:16

Fourth Quarter

FLA_V.Jefferson 38 pass from Franks (McPherson kick), 14:53

FLA_Scarlett 9 run (McPherson kick), 3:56

First downs 24 15
Rushes-yards 52-282 35-139
Passing 254 154
Comp-Att-Int 16-27-0 14-30-2
Return Yards 30 17
Punts-Avg. 5-51.4 9-46.77
Fumbles-Lost 0-0 1-1
Penalties-Yards 7-49 10-60
Time of Possession 36:02 23:58



RUSHING_Florida, Perine 13-129, Scarlett 20-88, Franks 12-46, Pierce 5-15, Toney 1-5, (Team) 1-(minus 1). Florida St., Patrick 10-52, Francois 11-41, Akers 13-37, Matthews 1-9.

PASSING_Florida, Franks 16-26-0-254, Sproles 0-1-0-0. Florida St., Matthews 0-1-0-0, Francois 14-29-2-154.

RECEIVING_Florida, Grimes 5-118, V.Jefferson 4-92, Toney 2-21, Hammond 2-12, Perine 1-6, Lewis 1-3, Swain 1-2. Florida St., Terry 3-78, N.Murray 3-35, Matthews 2-6, Harrison 2-(minus 1), Akers 1-15, Upshur 1-14, McKitty 1-5, Patrick 1-2.



  1. Call it a draw. So far so good, but FSU”s thing is do,int back. Big run as I typed. Good deal. Let’s break their will and get the win. Those deep passes were key to opening things up. Mullen is getting it done.

  2. Florida dominating. Stop trying to have Franks throw the ball. Run, run, and RUN some more. Florida’s defense can pitch the shutout. Keep the ball on the ground and blow the semi-holes off the line of scrimmage.

  3. Our defense was putting a TON of pressure on f$u first quarter. Second quarter, not so much. Is it the semi hurry up? Or did we get tired? On the long completion that setup their TD, they lined in diamond four down low in the hurry up, we had only a cb and safety on that side and you saw the result. Need to make sure we adjust as necessary. Wish we didn’t leave points on the ground. HOWEVER, we have the lead at half. Simplistically, better than being behind.

  4. Three red zone trips, six total points. We still have a seriously deficient offense. Franks plays hard and even makes a brilliant play once in a while, but overall still looks way to0 hesitant and tentative, fails to see open receivers in a timely manner.

  5. So much for the shutout, but again, Mullen is hell bent for leather into making Franks something he is not. Where in the ungodly hell is Toney??? I know Franks missed him wide open for a touchdown, but damn, that’s not how you get Toney the ball. End around and screen passes. Unless you plan on playing Jones, coach Mullen, ditch this whole passing idea and run the ball and throw screen passes. If they’re not there, punt. But for god’s sake get the ball to Toney and let him produce. You can wear the semi-holes out in the 3rd quarter by keeping the ball and running the clock. Just damn!

  6. Gators need to put together some drives. They’re wasting the opportunities that the defense has given them so far. Also, why did they set up a punt return and then call for a fair catch? D line is getting pressure. Need more blitzes to get the sacks.

  7. This team has no heart. Your rivals have beaten you 5 straight and your sleep walking out there. Get your heads out of your ‘fifth point of contact’, We should be up 28-0 and the stadium should be half empty. Way to go Gators…..just do enough to get by as usual!

  8. Yeeeeeeessssssss! Fumble then TD strike all set up by epic Townsend punt!!! Keep playing and pour it on!!!!! The TV guys are already playing Choke at Doak highlights– do not even let the semis breath! Put your foot on their throats and silence them!!!

  9. I realize Emory Jones is the future, but if Franks can play like he has today, next season he could be our fourth Heisman winner! I know that may be wishful thinking, but he has looked really good against good defensive talent today.

  10. Satisfaction Can’t get no
    Work ’em Silly Gators!
    Hells Bells
    Won’t Back Down
    B eat well rounded play we’ve had. Thought we’d bring things together this game.
    Still missed some things but this is the beginning, just the beginning. Reporters should be on notice the Gators are back. Rowdy, obnoxious and loud. GO GATORS!

  11. FSU had a bad season and we finally took advantage of it. Good win. This was a very good season because we had a decent win-loss record, we beat UT, we beat FSU. The only rival we didn’t beat was UGA.

    Very big win and it should pay immediate dividends when it comes to recruiting.

  12. I hope all the negative Nellies reflect on reality now. The Gators pressured Franscois, shut down their rbs, ran the ball well, protected Franks (Burns who?), won the sack and turnover battle, and dominated the Semis. All that “match up problems” stuff was nonsense. It’s great to be a Florida 🐊

  13. Happiness. GO GATORS!!
    Franks continues to puzzle with some of his decisions, but NO ONE can question his effort.
    9-3 my fellow Gators!!! If we can win our bowl game, 10 wins!!! What a turnaround. Mullen can start reeling in prize recruits, and off we go.

    If only our BBall team can turn it around.

  14. Great game! FSU is now in the same situation that we were in for the last 6 or so years. They have 67% Blue chip players on their roster to our 42% and we still kicked their butt because they have no leadership. They make the same stupid penalties that we used to and can’t block anyone at the line of scrimmage. It brought back memories of when our two lineman were blocking each other on the same play, just horrible coaching. CDM has done an amazing job with the team and especially Franks. I was telling my girl when Franks plays like this we play with way more confidence as a team. He has a good shot at remaining our starting QB next year as he deserves it. That will be good for both Franks and Emory as they can now compete and push each other to be better, instead of not having any real competition behind him. Now lets finish strong, keep the momentum going through the bowl game and recruit some of those Blue chips that we have been missing out on. GO GATORS!

  15. Franks played an outstanding game. I did not see any truly problematic decisions. His passes were accurate and mostly on time. According to this blog, his QBR was 197.2 at one point in the game, and I suspect it did not go down by much, if any. The offense was humming after a few hiccups in the first quarter, and the defense dominated through most of the game. It was a great win.

  16. Franks had a pretty good game and made some smart decisions to throw the ball away. He made some excellent throws and only made one dangerous pass from what I recall. I am not a fan of his dive however. We need to have more class than that.

    Coaches should have called a time out in the middle of FSU’s drive down the field with their hurry up offence before the half. Our defense was out of position and disorganized. We needed to regroup.

    Let’s continue to practice fielding balls on punt returns.

    This game was tenuous until the personal foul penalty by FSU, which flipped momentum. Overall, great game, and a wonderful day to be a gator. Congratulations players and coaches!

  17. Awesome game! Florida finally came out and moved the ball in the first half. Yes, they could have capitalized better in the red zone, but they were moving it down the field. I loved how they stepped up their game in the 2nd half as they have pretty much done all year. At least Robbie is 6-6 and is bowl eligible. What’s Dooley’s record picking?

    Franks has earned some love. It looked like his progress was stalling earlier in the year. He hit some key passes to move the chains as well as for some big gains. I don’t remember hearing their DE, Burns, name all game. Great job by the O-Line. Over 500 yards! Great momentum.

    Question to all? Penn State or UCF?

  18. Said we could win 10″this year and someone said which games. Missed by one in regular season. And we were a mistake or two away from 10. We are on a good spot going into next year. For any prospects out there look at what happened in season one. Come here and be a part of the new, Florida GATORS! COME WIN CHAMPIONSHIPS!

  19. How sweet it is! They had better talent supposedly. We were the team with the better coaching, focus and discipline.

    Gator65, they laughed at us and called us homers for picking the Gators to get 9 this year. That was a no-brainer with Mullen bringing an veteran and experienced staff from MSU. The talent’s been here.

  20. I was hoping last week that BC would beat FSU, so there would be no drama this weekend, but it’s so much better the way it turned out. In the past the Gators would beat FSU to keep them from being great or on our own way to being great. This year we got to beat them to make them historically bad. How sweet is that!!