Franks helps Flor­ida end skid against FSU

The Bradenton Herald (Sunday) - - Front Page - BY BOB FER­RANTE

The quar­ter­back who grew up just a few min­utes down the road helped Flor­ida halt a fiveyear los­ing streak to Flor­ida State, and the Ga­tors en­sured the Semi­noles will not go to a bowl.

Feleipe Franks had three touch­down passes and No. 13 Flor­ida used a pun­ish­ing ground at­tack to end a five-game los­ing streak to Flor­ida State, de­feat­ing the Semi­noles 41-14 on Satur­day.

Lam­i­cal Per­ine had a 74-yard touch­down run as Flor­ida ran for 278 yards, av­er­ag­ing 5.3 yards per carry. Per­ine ran for 129 yards, av­er­ag­ing 9.9 yards per carry.

Flor­ida had 536 of­fen­sive yards and re­in­forced its case for an at-large spot in a New Year’s Six bowl game.

“That’s hard for me to say be­cause only 12 teams get to go do that,” Flor­ida coach Dan Mullen said. “We’ve cer­tainly put our­selves in the con­ver­sa­tion as one of those teams.”

‘The Ga­tors (9-3) halted Flor­ida State’s bowl streak, which be­gan in 1982. They en­sured the Semi­noles their first los­ing sea­son since 1976, Bobby Bow­den’s first sea­son as head coach.

Franks, a red­shirt sopho­more who grew up just 20 miles south of Doak Camp­bell Sta­dium in Craw­fordville, com­pleted 16 of 26 passes for 254 yards.

“It’s al­ways been a dream of mine to come here and play against Flor­ida State,” Franks said. “I’ve al­ways wanted to get a win here specif­i­cally. I had all my fam­ily up here, friends in the stands. It’s grat­i­fy­ing.”

Franks threw touch­down passes to Van Jef­fer­son, Trevon Grimes and Josh Ham­mond. Grimes led the Ga­tors with five re­cep­tions for 118 yards.

Deon­dre Fran­cois com­pleted 14 of 29 passes for 154 yards, in­clud­ing a 15-yard touch­down pass to Cam Ak­ers, and had a 4-yard touch­down run. Fran­cois also threw two in­ter­cep­tions and fum­bled.

The Semi­noles (5-7) had been un­done this sea­son by penal­ties and com­mit­ted 10 on Satur­day. They fin­ish the sea­son one of the na­tion’s most pe­nal­ized teams with 110.

“We just took turns mak­ing mis­takes,” Fran­cois said. “We played an undis­ci­plined game as a team. We gave up big plays on de­fense and didn’t move the

ball on of­fense.”

Flor­ida State had six de­feats by dou­ble dig­its and lost to Mi­ami, Clem­son and Flor­ida in the same sea­son for the first time since 2009.

“Dis­ap­point­ing game, dis­ap­point­ing sea­son,” Flor­ida State coach Wil­lie Tag­gart said. “I think every­body in that locker room is hurt­ing. It’s un­ac­cept­able here at Flor­ida State. We got a pro­gram that prides it­self in win­ning and we didn’t get it done. I was brought here to get this pro­gram back right and that’s what we’ll do is get it back right.”


Flor­ida rushed for 200plus yards for the eighth time this sea­son. That matched its com­bined to­tal from 2015-17.

The Ga­tors’ 2,762 yards rush­ing is the fourth-high­est to­tal since the start of 1990.

Flor­ida also had 500 or more of­fen­sive yards for a third straight game, which also in­cludes wins over South Carolina and Idaho to close the reg­u­lar sea­son.


Mullen sur­passed Ray Graves (1960) for the largest win im­prove­ment in school his­tory by a firstyear head coach. The Ga­tors went 5-4-1 in 1959 un­der Bob Woodruff and then 9-2 in Graves.


Flor­ida re­ceiver Tyrie Cleve­land walked off to the locker room af­ter try­ing to make a catch in the first quar­ter and has a bro­ken col­lar­bone, Mullen said.


Flor­ida State line­backer Jaiden Wood­bey had his first sack in the third quar­ter and had a sea­son-high 11 tack­les. The true fresh­man had 58 tack­les.


Flor­ida: The Ga­tors had lost four of their last five to Flor­ida State by dou­ble dig­its, but this time was dif­fer­ent. It was Flor­ida’s big­gest win over Flor­ida State since Tim Te­bow was the quar­ter­back in 2009, a 37-10 Ga­tors win.

Flor­ida State: The Semi­noles were un­done this sea­son by mis­takes and that was the case again on Satur­day. Flor­ida State com­mit­ted 10 penal­ties and three turnovers.


Flor­ida: The Ga­tors await the bowl an­nounce­ments Dec. 2 and could be headed to a New Year’s Six game.

Flor­ida State: The Semi­noles’ sea­son is over.


Flor­ida State de­fen­sive back Jaiden Wood­bey brings down Flor­ida quar­ter­back Feleipe Franks short of the goal line in the first half Satur­day.

Flor­ida State de­fen­sive back Asante Sa­muel Jr. breaks up a pass in­tended for Flor­ida wide re­ceiver Tyrie Cleve­land in the first half.

Flor­ida quar­ter­back Feleipe Franks gets con­grat­u­lated by fans af­ter the Ga­tors’ 41-14 vic­tory over Flor­ida State.

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