Back Gillislee, kicker Sturgis lead Florida over Jacksonville St.
Gainesville, FL, United States (4E Sports) – Running back Mike Gillislee rushed for a seven-yard touchdown and Caleb Sturgis buried three field goals as No. 6 Florida captured its third straight win via a 23-0 blanking of Jacksonville State Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
Gillislee ran for 122 yards on 20 carries while Jonathan Bostic added a touchdown return from an interception for the Gators (10-1, 7-1 SEC), who finished the season at home with a perfect 7-0 record for the third time in school history.
Matt Jones added 65 yards on eight carries as Florida amassed 356 total yards of offense. Jacoby Brissett, starting in place of injured starting quarterback Jeff Driskel, completed 15 of 22 passes for 154 yards.
Sturgis’ three field goals increased his tally to 66, just one short of tying the school record of 67 set by Jeff Chandler.
Florida’s defense also hogged the spotlight, limiting Jacksonville State to 242 yards, 38 in the second half, en route to its second shutout of the season.
Marques Ivory completed 14 of 25 passes for 169 yards and an interception while wide receiver Kevyn Cooper tallied 93 yards on three catches for the Gamecocks (6-5, 5-3 OVC).
The Gators pounced on the Gamecocks early, launching a 12-play, 80-yard drive that lasted seven minutes and capped by a seven-yard run by Gillislee.
In their next possession, the Gators marched 61 yards on six plays, resulting in a 21-yard field goal from Sturgis.
Jacksonville State had a chance to score after a 10-play, 71-yard drive but Griffin Thomas pushed his kick wide right.
Brissett hit Omarius Hines for what was originally ruled a 19-yard touchdown but the play was overturned after review. The Gators just settled for a 27-yard attempt from Sturgis, which was blocked by the Gamecocks, to end the break with a 10-0 lead.
In the second half, Bostic stepped in front of Ivory’s pass and returned it seven yards for his first career interception return for a touchdown to increase the lead to 17-0.
Sturgis later capped an eight-play, 33-yard drive with his second field goal of the game with 14:06 remaining before adding a 47-yarder to give the Gators a 23-0 advantage.