Florida upsets Georgia, Ole Miss loses in heart-breaking fashion

By Jesse Korzen

(Brent Sanderlin/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/MCT)
(Brent Sanderlin/Atlanta Journal-Constitution/MCT)

Florida football running backs Matt Jones and Kelvin Taylor led the Gators to a 38-20 victory on Saturday as they combined for 389 rushing yards and four touchdowns to upset Georgia.

After being down 7-0 in the first quarter, the Gators (4-3, 3-3 SEC) rallied to score 31 unanswered points until the Bulldogs (6-2, 4-2 SEC) responded with a touchdown early in the fourth quarter.

Jones put Florida up by two scores with an impressive 44-yard rushing touchdown in the beginning of the third quarter. He then started the fourth quarter with his second touchdown of the day, stretching the Gators’ lead to 31-7.

Taylor complimented Jones’ success on the ground with two rushing touchdowns of his own. The sophomore had an early two-yard touchdown in the first quarter in addition to a 65-yard score to seal the deal with two minutes, 11 seconds left in the game.

Even though Florida scored 38 points, Gators’ quarterback Treon Harris was held to three completions for 27 yards on six pass attempts.

Next week, Florida will take on Vanderbilt on the road at 7:30 p.m. The Bulldogs hope to bounce back from the loss against Kentucky for a noon kickoff at Commonwealth Stadium.

SEC powerhouse showdown ends in Tigers’ victory

No. 4 Ole Miss had the ball while trailing No. 3 Auburn by four points with 1:30 left on the clock. Rebels’ quarterback Bo Wallace threw what looked to be a game-winning touchdown pass to receiver Laquon Treadwell.

But in an attempt to break a tackle and reach the end zone, Treadwell fumbled on the goal line and the Tigers recovered. The play was originally called a touchdown until it was reviewed and reversed.

Nick Marshall led Auburn (7-1, 4-1 SEC) to a 35-31 victory with a big day in the air and on the ground. He finished the game with 254 yards and two touchdown passes, as well as 50 yards rushing and two touchdowns on the ground.

Even though Treadwell lost the fumble to lose the game, he led Ole Miss (7-2, 4-2 SEC) with 10 receptions, 103 yards and a touchdown. On the play of the fumble, the sophomore suffered a broken leg and was carted off the field.

Next week, the Tigers hope to build off of this win and face off with Texas A&M at 3:30 p.m.at Jordan-Hare Stadium. The Rebels will face Presbyterian at 12 p.m. ET at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium.

Winston and the Seminoles do it again

Incredible comeback wins are not uncommon for No. 2 Florida State, as it rallied to come back to beat No. 25 Louisville 42-31 after a 21-0 first half deficit. Florida State has now won 24 straight games, with Saturday’s matchup being another thrilling comeback similar to previous wins over Auburn and North Carolina State.

Seminoles’ quarterback Jameis Winston threw three interceptions in the game but came back with three touchdown passes to lead his team to victory. All of his touchdown passes came on big plays, including a 68-yard touchdown to Travis Rudolph, a 47-yard score to Ermon Lane and a 35-yard touchdown to Freddie Stevenson. Winston ended the day with 401 yards passing on 25 completions.

FSU running back Dalvin Cook added a pair of rushing touchdowns that consisted of a third quarter 40-yard touchdown and a fourth quarter 38-yard score.

By the end of the game, the Seminoles outgained Louisville 574 yards to 488 yards.

Despite the loss, Cardinals’ wide receiver DeVante Parker finished with eight receptions for 214 yards.

Next week, FSU will take on Virginia at 6:30 p.m. at Doak Campbell Stadium. Louisville will hope to come back off of a tough loss at Boston College at 7:15 p.m.

Jesse Korzen can be reached at [email protected]