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By Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – No. 6 Florida did not expect to find itself in a dogfight this week after rounding out its SEC slate last week, but the Gators had to dig deep to come out with a 27-20 win over Louisiana-Lafayette at The Swamp on Saturday afternoon.
The Gators (8-1, 7-1 SEC) found themselves trailing by a touchdown with 13:11 left after a ULL field goal, and they were able to rally off two scores in the final 1:42 of the game to escape with the win. The first score came when Jacoby Brissett, filling in for the injured Jeff Driskel, connected with Quinton Dunbar for a three-yard score with less than two minutes to play. The game-winner came in the most dramatic fashion imaginable, as the Gators blocked a ULL (5-4, 3-2 Sun Belt) punt and returned it for six with just two ticks remaining.
As it has all season long, Florida relied heavily on its running game in the victory, rounding out the game with 149 yards on the ground. Driskel, who left the game after sustaining an ankle injury in the third quarter, led UF with 76 yards on 12 carries before his premature departure. Brissett went on to complete six of his eight throws for 64 yards and the all-important touchdown in relief duty.
Florida will welcome Jacksonville State to The Swamp next weekend before its annual showdown with Florida State on Nov. 24.
Passing – Jeff Driskel 13-for-16, 98 yards, TD
Rushing – Jeff Driskel, 12 car, 76 yards
Receiving – Jordan Reed, 5 rec, 85 yards
Passing – Terrance Broadway, 16-for-23, 171 yards
Rushing – Alonzo Harris, 20 car, 68 yards, TD
Receiving – Harry Peoples, 10 rec, 73 yards
· Florida is now 5-0 all-time against ULL, with the most recent meeting coming back in 1996.
· Florida has won or tied for the SEC Eastern division 12 times since the conference split into divisions.
· Jordan Reed has now led or tied for the team lead in receptions in all 10 games this season.