The BCS fourth ranked Gator football team completes an improbable 11-1 regular season with a come from behind 37-26 win over the Florida State Seminoles Saturday in Tallahassee.
Florida jumped out to a 13-3 halftime lead but saw the Seminoles score 17 unanswered points in the third quarter to take a 20-13 lead. But the Gators scored 24 unanswered fourth quarter points to seal the win that puts them at least into a BCS bowl game. Running back Mike Gillislee, who scored two touchdowns in the game and ran for over 100 yards, becomes the first Gator running back to go over one thousand yards in a season since Ciatrick Fason in 2005.
A big key in the game was turnovers as the Seminoles, who came in the game with a minus 2 turnover margin, committed five turnovers and Florida got 14 points off those turnovers.
FSU falls to 10-2 and it will now play in the ACC Championship Game next week while Florida awaits to see exactly what BCS bowl it will play in as it will not play in the SEC Championship Game. Alabama will face Georgia next week with the winner likely to get a spot in the BCS national title game.
Florida was hoping for a shot at the national title game but that went out the window when top ranked Notre Dame beat USC 22-13. Most expect Notre Dame to play the SEC Championship Game winner for the national championship but Florida’s win probably secures a BCS bowl game, most likely the Sugar Bowl.