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.
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.
Florida had 536 offensive yards and reinforced its case for an at-large spot in a New Year’s Six bowl game.
Franks, 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-yarder for a touchdown to Cam Akers, and had a 4-yard touchdown run. Francois also threw two interceptions and fumbled.
The Seminoles (5-7) had six defeats by six 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: 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 committed 10 penalties and had 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.
Source: The Associated Press