Florida 20 Georgia 23

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Todd Gurley scored twice in his first game in more than a month, helping Georgia beat rival Florida 23-20 on Saturday.

Gurley returned from an ankle injury and totaled 187 yards, finding the end zone on a 5-yard run and a 73-yard reception. The Bulldogs scored on their first four possessions, taking a 20-0 lead that looked as if it would be enough.

But the Gators rallied, taking advantage of a fumble, a safety and some questionable play… more

Florida 6 LSU 17

BATON ROUGE, La. — Les Miles repeatedly dismissed the notion that LSU’s defense was as vulnerable as it had looked recently.

For now, at least, he is a coach validated.

The Tigers were in Florida quarterback Tyler Murphy‘s face all game, batting down passes, racking up sacks and keeping their opponent out of the end zone for the first time all season.  more…

Florida 30 Arkansas 10

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Solomon Patton turned two short receptions into touchdowns, helping No. 18 Florida beat Arkansas 30-10 Saturday night.

The 5-foot-9 senior nicknamed “Solo” was pretty close to being a one-man show in the Swamp.

Patton finished with six catches for a career-high 124 yards. He also ran for a first down. But his longest gains went the distance and were key to Florida (4-1, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) winning its ninth consecutive game in the series and 10th in a row at home.  more…

Florida 24 Kentucky 7

LEXINGTON, Ky. – Tyler Murphy‘s comfort passing and running belied the fact that he was making his first career start for No. 20 Florida. Matt Jones showed that he could hold on the ball and carry it for a lot of yards.

By raising their games, both players help lift the Gators after a difficult week.

Jones rushed for 176 yards and a touchdown and Murphy threw for 156 yards and a score as Florida beat Kentucky 24-7 on Saturday night, its 27th straight win over the Wildcats.  more…

Florida 31 Tennessee 17

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — The second Jeff Driskel started waving for help, Florida coach Will Muschamp knew it was bad.

It turned out to be the worst-case scenario.

Driskel broke his lower right leg Saturday in the first quarter of the 19th-ranked Gators’ 31-17 victory over Tennessee, a season-ending injury that thrust seldom-used backup Tyler Murphy onto the field for the most significant action of his four-year career.

Murphy responded better than anyone could have realistically expected.  more…

Florida 16 Miami 21

MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Stephen Morris threw two first-quarter touchdown passes, and Miami took advantage of Florida giving the ball away on four red-zone opportunities on the way to knocking off the 12th-ranked Gators 21-16 on Saturday.

Duke Johnson added a 2-yard touchdown run with 3:29 left to make it 21-9 Miami (2-0), which has won four straight games for the first time since 2008 and will almost certainly return to the AP Top 25 on Sunday for the first time since 2010.

Jeff Driskel threw for a career-best 291 yards and had a 21-yard touchdown pass to Solomon Patton with 2:08 left for the Gators (1-1), who lost three fumbles, had two passes intercepted and were stopped once on downs. Driskel also ran for a touchdown.

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Toledo 6 Florida 24

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Mack Brown had a career day, Jeff Driskel was efficient and No. 10 Florida opened the season with a 24-6 victory over Toledo on Saturday.  Brown ran 25 times for 112 yards and two touchdowns. Driskel completed 17 of 22 passes for 153 yards and a score. And Florida’s defense, which ranked fifth in the country in 2012, looked every bit as good as last year’s version despite losing eight starters and its coordinator.

The Gators controlled both lines of scrimmage, opening holes for Brown and keeping steady pressure on Toledo’s experienced spread   more…

No. 7 South Carolina 11, No. 2 Florida 44

GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Florida went 0-for-October last season, with humbling losses to Alabama, LSU, Auburn and Georgia.

It bothered coaches and players for a year.

It motivated them, too.

A year later, the Gators have a chance to end the month with a division title.

“I like this better,” coach Will Muschamp said. “So does everybody else.”  more…

No. 4 Florida 31, Vanderbilt 17

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The fourth-ranked Florida Gators remain perfect thanks to quarterbackJeff Driskel running the ball better than even Tim Tebow.

Driskel ran for 177 yards and three touchdowns, and the Gators beat Vanderbilt 31-17 on Saturday night to remain undefeated going into their big showdown with No. 3 South Carolina.   more…

 

No. 4 LSU 6, No. 10 Florida 14

GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Mike Gillislee ran for a career-high 146 yards and two touchdowns, bringing No. 10 Florida to life in the second half as the Gators beat fourth-ranked LSU 14-6 Saturday.

Led by Gillislee and a dominant defense, Florida’s grind-it-out victory provided a signature win for coach Will Muschamp in his second season in Gainesville. It was the program’s first win against a ranked team since beating rival Georgia in 2010.  more…