FINAL: No. 8 Florida 40, Florida State 17

Florida wide receiver Freddie Swain (16) breaks away to score a 19-yard touchdown after making a catch on the opening drive of the game Saturday against Florida State at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun]

Live updates from the Florida State and No. 8 Florida college football game Saturday night at Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.


Florida quarterback Kyle Trask completed a 19-yard pass play with senior receiver Freddie Swain for a touchdown at the 10:19 mark to complete a 75-yard drive in 11 plays on the game’s first series.

FSU answered on its possession when reserve QB Jordan Travis scored from a yard out at the 5:59 mark. The score was set up by a 43-yard pass play from starting QB James Blackman to receiver Tamorrion Terry. It was a 10-play, 75-yard drive for FSU.

What went right: The Gators wanted to get off to a quick start offensively, and they did, driving 75 yards for a touchdown on the opening series of the game. The drive could have ended early, with a quick three-and-out, but Kyle Trask threw a strike to Van Jefferson for a gain of 19 yards to convert a third-and-11. The Gators sailed down the field from there. Lamical Perine had a 10-yard run and caught an eight-yard pass, Trask had a 10-yard completion to Jefferson, then ran for two yards to convert a fourth-and-one from the 21. One play later, UF finished off the drive with a 19-yard TD pass to Freddie Swain on a wide receiver screen to give the Gators the early lead. On UF’s second offensive possession, the Gators again were flying down the field with the passing game, driving deep into the red zone at the end of the quarter.

 What went wrong: The Seminoles’ offense came out and absolutely stunned the Florida defense. On FSU’s third-play, quarterback James Blackman threw a strike to Tamorrion Terry on a post pattern that went for 43 yards. CJ Henderson was beaten on the play. Six plays later, on a third-and-goal from the one, Jordan Travis scored to tie the game 7-7. So, quick start for the offense, poor start for the UF defense.

 Play of the quarter: It has to be the third-down conversion on the third play of the game, the 19-yard pass from Trask to Jefferson.

 Trending: Trask and the UF offense.

— Robbie Andreu

Florida State        7 

Florida                 7

Note: Turns out, starting defensive end Jabari Zuniga, who had been out with a sprained ankle, sat out the game despite being cleared to play earlier this week. Outside linebacker/star Amari Burney will miss his third game with a sprained knee. For FSU, backup running back Khalan Laborn was suspended for the game because of a violation of team rules.


Running back Dameon Pierce scores from a yard out to put UF back in the lead at 13-7 with 13:46 remaining. Evan McPherson’s point after kick was wide. The scoring drive covered 75 yards on 13 plays.

Kadarius Toney went 47 yards to the FSU 38 on a short pass from Trask.

Trask and Swain teamed up again, this time for a 23-yard touchdown with 10:55 remaining in the quarter.

Trask connected with senior receiver Van Jefferson for a 12-yard score at the 5:06 mark to make it 27-7 Gators.

McPherson nailed a 50-yard field goal with 10 seconds left in the half and a 30-7 lead for UF.

 What went right: Pretty much everything in what was a 23-0 quarter in which the Gators who took command of the game. Dameon Pierce scored on a 1-yard run in the opening moments of the quarter, then Trask added two touchdown passes — a 23-yarder to Swain and a 12-yarder to Jefferson. Evan McPherson capped it off with a 50-yard field goal with just 10 seconds left in the first half. Trask’s longest pass was his shortest in terms of time in the air. He had a quick pitch in the backfield to Kadarius Toney, and he cut and swerved his way downfield for a 47-yard gain that set up the Trask-to-Swain TD connection. While the offense was flying up and down the field, the UF defense was stifling the Seminoles, shutting them down, giving up just one first down.

What went wrong: Nothing really. Even when it appeared the Gators had messed up, with Swain losing a muffed punt, things went right. The Seminoles were penalized for an illegal formation and had to re-kick. Swain caught the second punt and Trask threw the 12-yard TD pass to Jefferson four plays later.

 Play of the quarter: The Toney catch-and-run.

 Trending: The Florida offense, the Florida defense, the Florida special teams.

— Robbie Andreu

Florida State        7     0

Florida                 7    23


Ricky Aguayo kicked a 48-yard field goal with 12:13 showing to cap FSU’s 10-play, 44-yard drive that opened the second half and makes the score UF 30, FSU 10.

Swain will sit out the second half for UF with a leg injury. He’s in street clothes on the Florida sideline.

Emory Jones connected with Jefferson for a 6-yard score with 6:34 remaining to make it 37-10 Gators and capped an 11-play, 75-yard drive.

Cam Akers breaks free for a 50-yard touchdown run at 4:53 for FSU to cut its deficit to 37-17.

Tyrie Cleveland returns the ensuing kickoff 40 yards to the UF 44.

Tonight’s announced attendance is 89,409.

 What went right: After FSU took the second-half kickoff and drove for a field goal, the Gators answered, going on a 75-yard TD drive to up their lead to 37-10. There were two critical play that led to the score: a 13-yard pass from Trask to Kyle Pitts that converted a third-and-eight and a 30-yard pass from Trask to Lamical Perine. Emory Jones closed out the drive with a 6-yard TD pass to Jefferson. After FSU’s offense came up with an explosive play — a 50-yard TD run by Cam Akers — Tyrie Cleveland had a 40-yard kickoff return and the Gators then drove down inside the FSU 1-yard line.

 What went wrong: Thanks to some questionable play-calling, and an inability to run the plays, the Gators ended the quarter with a fourth-and-goal from the four.

 Play of the quarter: The 30-yard reception by Perine after Trask was under duress trying to get out of the pocket.

 Trending: The Swamp crowd, which kept the atmosphere loud and alive.

— Robbie Andreu

Florida State        7     0    10

Florida                 7    23     7


McPherson kicks a 21-yard field goal to cap an 11-play, 52-yard drive for UF to make it 40-17 on first play of the period.

Aguayo missed wide left on a 44-yard field goal attempt at 7:40 for FSU.

The Gators finished the regular season with a 10-2 record, while FSU is 6-6. Both teams will await their bowl destination Dec. 8, the day of the College Football Playoff selections from 12-4 p.m. on ESPN.

What went right: After messing things up inside the FSU 1 at the end of the third quarter, McPherson came on and hit a 21-yard field goal on the first play of the quarter to make it a 40-17 game. On FSU’s next possession, the Seminoles drove to the UF 49, but two sacks — one by James Houston and one by Jon Greenard and Mohamoud Diabte — killed the threat. Later in the quarter, after a epic fail on a fake punt, the Florida defense came on and got a stop, then field goal kicker Ricky Aguayo missed a 44-yard attempt.

 What went wrong: For some reason, on fourth-and-one from their own 15-yard line, the Gators faked a punt, and it failed miserably, with punter Tommy Townsend stopped short of a first down on a running attempt. 

 Play of the quarter: The defense coming up with a three-and-out followed the botched fake punt.

— Robbie Andreu

Florida St. 7 0 10 0—17
Florida 7 23 7 3—40
First Quarter

FLA_Swain 19 pass from Trask (McPherson kick), 10:19

FSU_Travis 1 run (Aguayo kick), 5:59

Second Quarter

FLA_Pierce 1 run (kick failed), 13:46

FLA_Swain 23 pass from Trask (McPherson kick), 10:55

FLA_Jefferson 13 pass from Trask (McPherson kick), 5:06

FLA_FG McPherson 50, :10

Third Quarter

FSU_FG Aguayo 48, 12:13

FLA_Jefferson 6 pass from Jones (McPherson kick), 6:34

FSU_Akers 50 run (Aguayo kick), 4:53

Fourth Quarter

FLA_FG McPherson 21, 14:56


First downs 13 26
Rushes-yards 31-69 25-77
Passing 181 390
Comp-Att-Int 16-25-0 35-48-0
Return Yards 42 52
Punts-Avg. 6-41.83 2-39.0
Fumbles-Lost 1-0 0-0
Penalties-Yards 13-97 3-25
Time of Possession 26:06 33:54



RUSHING_Florida St., Akers 17-102, Travis 5-7, Minshew 0-0, Blackman 9-(minus 40). Florida, Jones 7-33, Perine 4-18, Trask 4-16, Hammond 1-5, Pierce 5-5, M.Davis 2-1, Townsend 1-0, Toney 1-(minus 1).

PASSING_Florida St., Travis 1-1-0-6, D.Matthews 1-1-0-25, Blackman 14-23-0-150. Florida, Toney 0-1-0-0, Trask 30-41-0-343, Jones 5-6-0-47.

RECEIVING_Florida St., Terry 7-131, Nabers 3-22, D.Matthews 3-10, Akers 2-2, Gavin 1-16. Florida, Swain 5-62, Jefferson 5-48, Pitts 5-44, Toney 4-65, Cleveland 4-44, Perine 3-40, Hammond 3-39, Copeland 3-19, Grimes 2-14, Krull 1-15.

MISSED FIELD GOALS_Florida St., Aguayo 44.




  1. There’s dumb, then there’s 4th quarter fake punt from your own 19 yard line up by 23 points dumb. That’s a build a monument to stupidity dumb. Granted, not 4th and dumb; but close. Good thing FSU is awful.

  2. Glad for the win and D-line pass rush was lights out. However, I felt like we left a lot of points on the field, almost like Mullen didn’t want to run the score up. Maybe Dan likes the Semis more than me, I wanted to put 60 on them and bury them right there in the Swamp. LOL

    • I agree about leaving some points on the field, dirt. I thought they left four points on the field when the refs were so concerned about looking for targeting that they missed the fact that Grimes spun around and extended the ball over the goal line before stepping out. Maybe I missed something, but that’s what I thought I saw. The Gators then had to settle for a field goal.

  3. What I saw was later in the game we were not pushing the ball up the field, especially in the forth quarter. We ran it up the middle, threw it to the flats and on 3rd and twelve we throw it down field. Then next series we throw it out to the flats, runs it up the middle and on 3rd twelve we throw it down field. Mullens seemed content just running the clock out when we could have buried them. Defiantly not what Spurrier would have done but Mullen is not The Head Ball coach and I am glad we have Mullen, had a great year and glad we beat FSU. Just wish we would have beat them a little more than we did, lol. All in all, good game good win and defense line rush was lights out.

  4. The best way to stop a quick-strike, high scoring Offense like FSU/Briles’ is to keep them off of the field with your Offense and get pressure on the pocket with your Defense, and that’s what the Gators did.