In a special Black Friday version of their yearly rivalry, the Florida Gators were defeated by the Florida State Seminoles, 45-38. One of the best recent iterations of the rivalry, the game was electrifying.
The Gators lost 45-38 to the Seminoles at Doak Campbell Stadium on Friday night in the highest-scoring game in the history of the Florida-Florida State football rivalry.
With 39 seconds left, Florida advanced to the FSU 28-yard line, but quarterback Anthony Richardson was sacked on a 4th-and-12 play after being blitzed, and his last-ditch ball attempt under pressure was incomplete in the end zone.
Although it appeared that Richardson’s face mask may have been grabbed by Florida State safety Jammie Robinson during the play, no flag was raised.
Billy Napier, Florida’s head coach, remarked, “The thing I’m most proud of is how hard the players played in the game.” “I believe they put it on the line uniformly. Although it wasn’t always attractive, you’re talking about a group that I’m not a part of. I looked at it with both eyes. They executed proper football technique.”
The Seminoles responded with a 7-play, 65-yard touchdown drive after Florida freshman running back Trevor Etienne knotted the game at 38 with a 45-yard touchdown run with 7:41 remaining. With 4:06 remaining, running back Trey Benson scored his third touchdown of the contest on a 17-yard run to give the Seminoles a 45-38 lead.