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BOXSCORE | RECAP
Florida 37, Florida State 26
When: 3:30 PM ET, Saturday, November 24, 2012
Where: Doak Campbell Stadium, Tallahassee, Florida
Temperature: 66°
Head Official: Brad Allen
Attendance: 83429

No. 6 Florida 37, No. 5 Florida State 26:
Mike Gillislee rushed for 140 yards and a pair of touchdowns as the visiting Gators dominated the fourth quarter in a game of wild momentum swings.

Jeff Driskel passed for 147 yards and a touchdown and the defense forced five turnovers for Florida (11-1), which snapped a two-game losing streak in the series. The Gators' chances for a spot in the BCS Championship Game, though, were dashed when Notre Dame defeated USC 22-13 later Saturday.

EJ Manuel threw for 182 yards and a touchdown and rushed for a pair of scores, but was intercepted three times and lost a crushing fumble early in the fourth quarter for the Seminoles (10-2).

Florida dominated the first half and took a 13-3 lead into the locker room. Florida State came alive after the break, scoring its first touchdown when Manuel hit tight end Nick O’Leary for a 6-yard score and getting some help from the defense when Bjoern Werner forced a fumble on the Gators’ next play.

Manuel busted through for a 1-yard touchdown run to give Florida State its first lead, 17-13, with 8:30 left in the third quarter. It would stretch to 20-13 before Florida began to get back into the game.

The Gators got on the board early in the fourth with a field goal and changed the entire complexion of the game on the ensuing drive, when Antonio Morrison sacked Manuel, forcing a fumble and knocking the senior quarterback out for a series. Gillislee broke through for a 37-yard touchdown on the play following the fumble and Florida went on to score 24 straight points in the fourth quarter.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Matt Jones added 81 rushing yards and a touchdown on eight carries for the Gators. … The Seminoles will play Georgia Tech in the ACC Championship Game next week. … Manuel was evaluated for a concussion on the sidelines while sophomore Clint Trickett took over under center. Manuel did not show any signs of injury upon his return.
Top Game Performances
Rushing
Florida   Florida State
Mike Gillislee Player E.J. Manuel
24 Attempts 12
140 Yards 54
5.8 Avg Yards 4.5
2 Touchdowns 2
0 Long 0
Receiving
Florida   Florida State
Jordan Reed Player Rashad Greene
4 Receptions 5
54 Yards 65
13.5 Avg Yards 13.0
0 Touchdowns 0
0 Long 0
Team Stats Summary
 
  Yards Scoring Defense
Team Tot Rus Pas TD FG INT Sck FF
Florida 394 244 150 4 3 3 2.0 3
Florida State 300 112 188 3 2 0 4.0 0