Florida edges out FSU


Courtesy of Saturday down south

Ben Huber, Sports Editor

The Florida State Seminoles football team traveled to Gainesville Florida to take on the Gators in the heart of the Swamp. The game started off with a 75-yard drive from the Gators which was eventually capped off by a 47-yard pass by Emory Jones to Kemore Gamble. The Seminoles tried to clap back but were set back after an 11-yard sack. On the following Gators drive the offense was held to a 3 and out and were forced to punt back to the Seminoles. To end the first quarter, both the Gators and the Seminoles quarterbacks exchanged interceptions, and the score remained 7-0 Gators. At the start of the second quarter, Emory Jones continued his struggles throwing another interception, this time leading to a long drive and an eventual score from the Seminoles. Their 7-play 68-yard drive ended with a rushing touchdown from quarterback Jordan Travis. On the following Gators drive, Emory Jones pieced together a great drive but all went to waste when he threw an interception in the end zone and gave the ball back to the FSU offense with only a few minutes left in the half. The Seminoles ended up not being able to do anything with their final drive before the half and the score sat at 7-7. 

The Seminoles started off with the ball at the half but had to punt after a 3 and out. The Gators had the ball back and to start out the half the coach decided to sit Emory Jones on the bench and go with true freshman Anthony Richardson for the remainder of the game. This decision seemed to have partially paid off because on his first drive he took the Gators into field goal range for 3 points. The next score came towards the end of the third quarter when Florida punted the ball and it was muffed by the Florida State returner and recovered by the Gators. Richardson then put together a 40-yard drive ending with a 5-yard pass to Justin Shorter. This gave the Gators a 17-7 lead going into the fourth quarter. On the next Florida drive the offense aimed to put the game away and that they did. Anthony Richardson once again led the team to a touchdown drive this time capped off by a 3-yard rush by Damien Pierce. Florida State tried to make a comeback and almost succeeded but the Gators were able to hold on in the fourth quarter for a 24-21 win. The players hoisted interim coach Greg Knox in the air as they breathed in the sweet smell of victory in the swamp.