Spring game final: Team Orange beats Team Blue 10-7 on last-second field goal

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It's been four months since the Florida Gators football team last took the field against Oregon State at the Las Vegas Bowl. As many recall, it wasn't the best showing as Florida fell 30-3.

For the first time since that loss, the Gators are set to take the field tonight as Florida puts on its Orange and Blue Game, which is set to showcase what Billy Napier, his staff and the Gators have worked on during spring camp, which got underway in early March.

"Certainly, excited about all of the Gator Nation showing up," Napier said. "Really great opportunity, free admission, 7:30 under the lights, great weather, hopefully, and looking forward to watching what I think is a team that has worked extremely hard."

As Napier said, admission to Florida's spring game, which kicks off at 7:30 p.m., is free. However, those who aren't able to make the Thursday night showcase can catch the game on ESPN+ and SECN+ or listen on

Readers can also follow along with the game as provides updates live from The Swamp below.

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9:55 p.m. | Team Orange wins on a last-second field goal

After missing his first two kicks from 24 and 47 yards out, Trey Smack splits the uprights from 46 yards out to lead Team Orange to a 10-7 win as time expires.

9:18 p.m. | Heading to the fourth

An uneventful third quarter comes and goes as neither offense manages to find the end zone in the third.

Both the Orange and Blue squads gear up for the final quarter of action as Tom Petty's "Won't Back Down" plays through The Swamp.

8:51 p.m. | Gators land 5-star commitment

Class of 2024 safety Xavier Filsaime, the second-ranked safety in the 2024 recruiting cycle, commits to Billy Napier and the Gators during half time of the spring game.

Filsaime ranks in the top 30 for 2024 recruits.

8:41 p.m. | Halftime

After one half of action, the Orange and Blue teams are knotted up at 7-7.

Play is set to resume in 15 minutes.

8:37 p.m. | Orange Team knots it up just before half

With just 13 seconds left to play in the first half, Wisconsin transfer Graham Mertz finds Kahleil Jackson slanting towards the end zone, good for a 10-yard score. Trey Smack would follow with a successful PAT try.

The game is tied at 7-7 with 13 seconds to play in the first half.

8:10 p.m. | Blue Team scores

From 16 yards out, quarterback Jack Miller connects with Marcus Burke for the first score of the night. The Blue Team traveled 82 yards during the scoring drive. Adam Mihalek's PAT is good.

7-0, Blue over Orange with 8:48 to play in the second quarter

7:59 p.m. | End of the first quarter

It was a slow-rolling first quarter as both teams' offenses sputtered. Quarterbacks Graham Mertz (2-4) and Jack Miller (1-4) continue to share snaps for the Gators.

Meanwhile, both squads have combined for three sacks.

7:34 p.m. | Kickoff

Adam Mihalek, a member of the Blue team, kicks it away to the Orange team. Trevor Etienne returns it out to the 25-yard line.

7:28 p.m. | The Gators take the field

Using both tunnels, the Florida Gators take the field, running past Billy Napier, who was the first out of the home team tunnel.

7:25 p.m. | Lauren LeMasters is honorary Mr. Two Bits

The University of Florida's student body president Lauren LeMasters leads The Swamp in the Mr. Two Bits cheer ahead of tonight's Orange and Blue game.

7:00 p.m. | Nearly 300 recruits pile into The Swamp

While hosting the Orange and Blue Game on a Thursday night might not have been a popular choice for fans, it seems to be paying off on the recruiting front as Billy Napier and the Gators have 290 recruits in attendance for tonight's game.

Where and when is the 2023 Orange and Blue Game?

When: 7:30 p.m. ET Thursday, April 13

Where: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville

How can I watch the Florida Gators Orange and Blue Game?

Live stream: ESPN+/SECN+ (subscription required)

How can I listen to the Florida spring football game on the radio?

Online radio: