SEC Digital Network
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Florida and Florida State kicked off rivalry week with a noon kickoff at The Swamp, and the Gators were not able to contain the second-ranked Seminoles in a 37-7 defeat. FSU (12-0) receiver Kelvin Benjamin proved to be a thorn in the Gators’ side, hauling in nine passes for 212 yards and three scores to lead the ’Noles.
Florida (4-8) played well in the early goings behind a spirited defense, which limited Florida State to just three points and an interception through the first quarter and midway into the second. FSU picked it up towards the half, however, rallying off two scoring drives that each ended with Benjamin touchdowns to take a 17-0 lead into the break.
The Gators put together a 14-play, 83-yard scoring drive that ended in a 5-yard touchdown pass from Skyler Mornhinweg early in the fourth, but the score was already in hand for the Seminoles. The drive featured a conversion on fourth down and eight and took 8:29 off the clock.
Jameis Winston finished the afternoon with 327 yards and three scores for FSU. Loucheiz Purifoy picked off Winston in the first quarter on a deep pass attempt, which accounted for the only turnover of the day forced by the banged up Gator defense.
Mornhinweg finished with 115 yards and a touchdown for the Gators in their final game of the 2013 season.
Passing – Skyler Mornhinweg, 20-for-25, 115 yards, TD
Rushing – Trey Burton, 2 car, 47 yards
Receiving – Mack Brown, 2 rec, 25 yards
Passing – Jameis Winston, 19-for-31, 327 yards, 3 TD, INT
Rushing – James Wilder Jr., 10 car, 63 yards
Receiving – Kelvin Benjamin, 9 rec, 212 yards, 3 TD
• Saturday’s game at The Swamp was the 58th meeting between the Gators and the Seminoles. Florida leads the all-time series by a 35-22-2 tally, including a 20-10-1 mark in Gainesville.
• Florida has been stung by injuries this season, as only six of the 22 starters from last season’s Sugar Bowl were available at the start of the game.
• The Gators have 83 players on its roster from the state of Florida, while FSU has 93 Floridians on its roster.
• UF coach Will Muschamp and FSU coach Jimbo Fisher share a beach house in Panama City, Fla.