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Gator Football Loses Upset Bid In Tallahassee To End Regular Season

The Florida football team ends the Will Muschamp Era with many of the same issues it has had for much of it as the team plays hard but loses 24-19 Saturday night in Tallahassee.

Florida picked off FSU quarterback Jameis Winston four times and held him to only 125 yards passing but offensively it could not capitalize on several trips inside FSU territory, trying six field goals and scoring just one touchdown.

After three of the picks early, all Florida could muster was three field goals by Austin Hardin to take a 9-0 lead; but it could have been much worse for the Seminoles.

A key play occurred in the first quarter when Florida quarterback Treon Harris was picked off by Terrance Smith after tight end Tevin Westbrook could not come up with the catch and Smith returned it 94 yards for a touchdown to put FSU back in the ball game.

The Seminoles would score 21 straight points to take a 21-9 lead but a Harris touchdown pass to tight end Clay Burton late in the half cut the Seminole lead to 21-16 at half.

Neither team did much offensively in the second half but Florida kicker Austin Hardin missed two field goal chances.   He did make four of them however during the game.

Harris did not have good numbers at the quarterback position for Florida, completing just 13 of 32 passes for 169 yards with two interceptions and one touchdown pass.

Florida ends the regular season 6-5 while the Seminoles remain unbeaten at 12-0.  Florida awaits its bowl game while FSU will face Georgia Tech in the ACC title game next week.

 

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