Florida Football Dominated in Road Loss to FSU – WRUF
In a disappointing performance from Doak Campbell Stadium, Florida (8-3) dropped a 31-13 nonconference game to in-state rival Florida State (9-3) on Saturday night in Tallahassee. FSU extends its streak over Florida to four straight wins following the dominant outing. The Gators had a dismal offensive perfomance, going 0-for-12 on third down conversions while allowing six sacks of quarterback Austin Appleby.
Florida started fast, relying on its offensive playmakers to string together a 73-yard drive that ended in a scoreless fourth and goal conversion attempt. The aggressive call by Florida head coach Jim McElwain will undoubtedly be scrutinized, but that opening drive was the best offensive production that Florida saw all game. Perhaps McElwain knew what was in store. The Seminoles responded with a 65-yard drive of their own, but Ricky Aguayo’s 49-yard field goal attempt fell short to leave the score at 0-0.
Florida’s second drive of the night ended quickly. Appleby held the ball for too long and allowed a strip sack by Josh Sweat that resulted in Florida’s first turnover. Florida State had a very short field after the turnover, and tailback Dalvin Cook capped off the 24-yard scoring drive with a 17-yard touchdown run.
Florida’s ensuing drive ended with one yard of offense and its first punt of the day, and FSU’s next drive began on Florida’s 49-yard line. Gifted with fantastic field position, FSU drove 44 yards before settling for Aguayo’s first field goal conversion – a 22-yarder that made the score 10-0 lead.
The Gators settled in after falling behind early, and Florida consumed 7:28 of game clock in a 16-play, 54-yard drive that ended in Eddy Pineiro’s 38-yard field goal conversion. Down 10-3, Florida’s defense stood strong and gave the Gator offense another shot to close the gap before halftime.
The Gator offense responded by going three-and-out before punting