TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Seventh-ranked Florida ran roughshod over rival Florida State, erupting for 24 points in the final period for a smashing 37-26 win at Doak Campbell Stadium.
Senior tailback Mike Gillislee became the first UF player to reach the 1,000-yard milestone in a season since 2004, carrying 24 times for a 140 yards and two scores, including a 37-yard touchdown blast in the fourth quarter that gave the Gators (11-1) the lead for good. Freshman running back Matt Jones added 81 yards on 10 carries, with a 32-yard scoring run late to ice the game.
In winning its fourth straight, UF guaranteed itself a berth Bowl Championship Series, and turned its attention to Saturday night's game between No. 1 Notre Dame and USC. The Gators began the day ranked fourth in the BCS standings, with an outside shot of sneaking into the national championship picture.
FSU (10-2) came into the game with the No. 1-rated defensein the country, allowing just 236 total yards and only 70.6 on the ground per game. UF finished with 394 total yards, including 244 rushing.
Passing: Jeff Driskel, 15-23, 147 yards, 1 TD
Rushing: Mike Gillislee, 24 car, 140 yards, 2 TD
Receiving: Jordan Reed, 4 rec, 54 yards
Passing: EJ Manuel, 18-33, 182 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT
Rushing: EJ Manuel, 12 car, 54 yards, 2 TD
Receiving: Rashad Greene, 5 rec, 65 yards
-For the third time this season, the Gators will be facing a top-10opponentand fifth ranked opponent overall. It is the first time since 2005 that UF has faced three top-10 teams in the regular season.
- The last time that the Gators defeated threetop-10teams in the regular season was1997(beat No. 4 Tennessee, No.6 Auburn, No.2 Florida St.).
- This week’s meeting will mark the 57th meeting all-time in the series between the two schools. UF holds a 33-21-2 edge in the overall series, including a 12-11-1 record in Tallahassee.
- The Gators have had eight different offensive linemen start games this season and 11 linemen Have seen game action.
- Florida has rushed for 1,284 (116.7ypg) yards in the second half of games this season, the best total in the SEC. UF has 44 runs of 10+ yards in the second half of games, the 8th-best total in the nation.