The seventh-ranked Gators staved off the biggest football upset in school history Saturday with the use of some late-game heroics.
Jelani Jenkins returned a blocked punt 36 yards for a touchdown with 2 seconds remaining, capping the comeback and giving Florida a 27-20 victory against Louisiana-Lafayette.
Florida (9-1) did little on offense most of the day and looked to be in serious trouble when quarterback Jeff Driskel left the game with an ankle injury.
The Rajin’ Cajuns (5-4) led 20-13 after Alonzo Harris’ 2-yard run and a blocked punt for a touchdown. But Florida backup Jacoby Brissett rallied the Gators. He found tight end Jordan Reed down the middle for a 39-yard gain and then hit Quinton Dunbar for 3-yard score with 1:42 remaining.
ULL was content to play for overtime.
Loucheiz Purifoy had other thoughts. One of Florida’s fastest players, Purifoy sprinted off the edge and got his right hand on Brett Baer’s punt. Jenkins picked up the deflection and went untouched the other way.
(3) Kansas State 23, TCU 10: Collin Klein ran for two touchdowns and the Wildcats (10-0, 7-0 Big 12) bolstered their national title hopes with a victory over the Horned Frogs (6-4, 3-4 Big 12) in Fort Worth, Texas.
(4) Notre Dame 21, Boston College 6: Everett Golson ran for a touchdown and threw for two more to help the Irish (10-0) beat the Eagles (2-8) and keep their national championship hopes intact. Golson completed 16 of 24 passes for 200 yards.
(5) Georgia 38, Auburn 0: Aaron Murray passed for 208 yards and three touchdowns, freshman tailbacks Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall each ran for more than 100 yards and the Bulldogs (9-1, 7-1 SEC) overwhelmed the Tigers (2-8, 0-7 SEC) in Auburn, Ala., earning a trip back to the SEC championship game.
(9) LSU 37, (23) Mississippi State 17: Zach Mettenberger passed for 273 yards and two touchdowns, and the Tigers (8-2, 4-2 SEC) kept alive faint hope of a Southeastern Conference title with a victory over the Bulldogs (7-3, 3-3) in Baton Rouge, La. .
(10) Clemson 45, Maryland 10: Tajh Boyd threw for 261 yards and three touchdowns in the Tigers’ victory over the Terrapins in Clemson, S.C. Clemson (9-1, 6-1 Atlantic Coast Conference) had little trouble with the banged-up Terps (4-6, 2-4).
Syracuse 45, (11) Louisville 26: Ryan Nassib threw for 246 yards, Jerome Smith ran for 144 yards and the Orange handed the Cardinals their first loss of the season. In Syracuse, N.Y., for the last home game of his career, Nassib directed an offense that gained 524 total yards. (12) South Carolina 38, Arkansas 20: Connor Shaw threw for two touchdowns and ran for another score as the Gamecocks (8-2, 6-2 SEC) beat Arkansas in Columbia, S.C. Shaw was 15 of 23 for 279 yards.
(14) Oklahoma 42, Baylor 34: Landry Jones threw for 277 yards and two touchdowns, Damien Williams ran for 99 yards and two scores and the Sooners (7-2, 5-1 Big 12) beat the Bears (4-5, 1-5) in Norman, Okla.
(18) Nebraska 32, Penn State 23: Taylor Martinez threw a 5-yard touchdown pass to Jamal Turner for the Cornhuskers’ first lead, and Nebraska (8-2, 5-1 Big Ten) overcame a double-digit, second-half deficit for the fourth time this season in a victory over the Nittany Lions (6-4, 4-2) in Lincoln, Neb. .
(19) Texas 33, Iowa State 7: David Ash passed for 364 yards and two touchdowns and the Longhorns (8-2, 5-2 Big 12) handled the Cyclones (5-5, 2-5) in Austin, Texas. Ash had a 61-yard touchdown pass to Mike Davis in the first. Johnathan Gray ran for two touchdowns for Texas.
(24) Rutgers 28, Army 7: Brandon Coleman caught his second touchdown of the game on a 31-yard pass from Gary Nova with 8:49 to play and the Scarlett Knights (8-1) survived a valiant effort by the Black Knights (2-8) in Piscataway, N.J. Rutgers scored three times in the final 9 minutes.
(25) Texas Tech 41, Kansas 34 (2OT): Eric Stephens took the snap out of the wildcat formation, rolled to his right and threw a 3-yard jump pass to Darrin Moore for a TD in double overtime to lead the Red Raiders (7-3, 4-3 Big 12) past the Jayhawks (1-9, 0-7). Kansas QB Michael Cummings couldn’t connect with Tre’ Parmalee in the end zone on fourth-and-9 to end the Jayhawks’ chances.
Georgia Tech 68, UNC 50: Robert Godhigh rushed for two touchdowns and caught a third, and the Yellowjackets (5-5, 4-3 ACC) held off the Tar Heels (6-4, 3-3) at Chapel Hill, N.C., in the highest-scoring game in Atlantic Coast Conference history.
Virginia 41, Miami 40: Michael Rocco threw a 10-yard touchdown pass to Jake McGee with 6 seconds remaining and the Cavaliers (4-6, 2-4 ACC) rallied from a 10-point deficit to stun the Hurricanes (5-5, 4-3) in Charlottesville, Va.
Missouri 51, Tennessee 48 (OT): Andrew Baggett kicked a 35-yard field goal in the fourth overtime period as the Tigers (5-5, 2-5 SEC) rallied from a two-touchdown halftime deficit to beat the Volunteers (4-6, 0-6) in Knoxville, Tenn.
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