NCAAF Game Recap - Auburn at Florida
Sat Oct 5, 2019 3:30 PM EDT

UGA
43
Tenn
14
F
MSU
10
OHSt
34
F
UtSt
6
LSU
42
F
Okla
45
Kans
20
F
Aub
13
Fla
24
F
Kent
0
Wisc
48
F
BGSU
0
ND
52
F
Tex
42
WVU
31
F
Purd
7
PSU
35
F
Cal
7
Oreg
17
F
Iowa
3
Mich
10
F
Wash
13
Stan
23
F
Boise
38
UNLV
13
F
UCF
24
Cin
27
F
OkSt
35
TxTch
45
F
Tuls
37
SMU
43
F(2OT)
GaSo
20
SoAl
17
F(1OT)
Temp
27
ECU
17
F
NM
21
SJSU
32
F
SoFL
48
UConn
22
F
MD
48
Rut
7
F
Tul
42
Army
33
F
BC
39
Lou
41
F
TCU
24
IASt
49
F
E Mi
16
C Mi
42
F
Ball
27
NIU
20
F
WestMI
24
Toled
31
F
ArkSt
38
GASt
52
F
Ohio
21
Buff
20
F OT
Ill
17
Minn
40
F
Marsh
13
MidTN
24
F
Bayl
31
K St
12
F
AF
25
Navy
34
F
VaTec
42
MiaFL
35
F
Mem
52
ULMon
33
F
NW
10
Neb
13
F
Troy
10
Mizzu
42
F
UNC
38
GATec
22
F
Ariz
35
Colo
30
F
W Ky
20
OD
3
F
Rice
20
UAB
35
F
UMass
0
FLInt
44
F
Vand
6
Miss
31
F
UTSA
26
UTEP
16
F
Lib
20
NMSt
13
F
Pitt
33
Duke
30
F
OreSt
48
UCLA
31
F
SDSU
24
ColSt
10
F

Florida 24, Auburn 13

Oct 5, 2019, 3:30 PM EDT

Final

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2

3

4

T

(7) Auburn (5-1)

6

7

0

0

13

(10) Florida (6-0)

7

10

0

7

24

Perine, defense lift No. 10 Florida past No. 7 Auburn, 24-13
Sun Oct 6, 2019 8:32 AM

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) Lamical Perine was too slow to play for Auburn four years ago, a hurtful evaluation that's stuck with him.

He showed plenty of speed while running away from the Tigers - and a few guys he played against in high school - in the Swamp on Saturday.

Perine broke loose for an 88-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, Florida's defense delivered another gem and the No. 10 Gators beat seventh-ranked Auburn 24-13 in a matchup of unbeaten teams.

Perine broke linebacker K.J. Britt's tackle at the line of scrimmage and scampered down the sideline for the program's longest TD run in more than 30 years. It gave the Gators (6-0, 3-0 Southeastern Conference) extra breathing room in a game they never trailed.

Doing it against Auburn was extra special.

"Almost brought tears to my eyes," said Perine, whose run was the longest for Florida since Emmitt Smith's 96-yarder against Mississippi State in 1988.

Perine finished with a career-high 130 yards on 14 carries and had Smith waiting to congratulate him afterward.

The senior from Theodore, Alabama, closed out Florida's 10th consecutive victory. But Florida's defense really carried the team.

Jon Greenard and David Reese were the stars of the show for Florida, which has given up a measly 16 points in four home games this season.

The Gators kept JaTarvious Whitlow in check and harassed freshman quarterback Bo Nix, whose father, Patrick, upset top-ranked Florida in Gainesville in 1994.

"That's the kind of defense we expect to play around here," Florida coach Dan Mullen said.

Auburn (5-1, 2-1) finished with 269 yards - the ninth-fewest in coach Gus Malzahn's seven seasons -and converted just 2 of 14 third-down tries. The Tigers also had four turnovers and six three-and-outs.

"We just didn't get it done offensively," Malzahn said. "That starts with me. I've got to do a better job of having our guys ready. ... Any time you turn the ball over four times on the road, you're going to have a tough time winning."

Nix completed 11 of 27 passes for 145 yards, with a touchdown and three interceptions - his first turnovers since the season opener. He was sacked twice, once for a 22-yard loss in which he looked completely lost.

Auburn's biggest problem was staying on its feet.

Nix found Seth Williams for a 46-yard gain in the third quarter, but he overthrew him just enough that Williams had to make a leaping catch. Nix threw an interception in the end zone three plays later.

Equally disappointing for the Tigers: star defensive tackle Derrick Brown sacked Kyle Trask on the final play of the first quarter. The 318-pound Brown, widely considered a top-10 NFL draft pick in April, picked up the loose ball and rumbled 42 yards before stumbling without anyone touching him.

"The environment, the crowd did get to us," Malzahn conceded, pointing to his team's nine penalties.

More than 90,500 were on hand for Florida's homecoming and the debut of its throwback uniforms from the 1960s.

Mullen celebrated by jumping around with his high school buddies in the south end zone - just a few feet from where Perine crossed the goal line. He then kissed his wife, hugged the school president and handed his sweat-soaked visor to a young fan.

He really let loose in the locker room, dancing and chanting with players.

As for Perine's performance against the team that didn't want him?

"Isn't that crazy?" Mullen said.

THE TAKEAWAY

Auburn: Nix showed signs early that he was in for a long day. The sellout crowd made it difficult for him to hear, forcing him to relay play calls individually to every member of his offense.

Florida: The Gators have a defense capable of winning a championship. They've got the ideal combination of rush and cover to give any opponent fits.

POLL IMPLICATIONS

Florida will remain in the top 10 of the AP college football poll for the fourth consecutive week. Auburn likely will fall out of the top 10.

TRASK'S TROUBLES

Trask was knocked out of the game in the second quarter when Brown landed low on his left leg. Trask walked to the locker room and later returned to a raucous ovation.

He completed 19 of 31 passes for 234 yards and two touchdowns, including a 64-yarder to Freddie Swain on the team's second play. Trask also fumbled three times.

Mullen said Trask sprained a ligament, but should be fine.

Mullen also was visibly upset after running back Dameon Pierce was knocked out of the game on a helmet-to-helmet hit by Britt.

"We have rules in place to protect players," Mullen said.

WILD FIRST HALF

The first half included five turnovers and a questionable fourth-down call. During one seven-play stretch spanning the first and second quarters, there was a muffed punt, a sack/fumble and an interception.

Leading 14-6, Mullen seemed to be looking for a knockout punch when he called for a fake punt on fourth-and-3 at his own 34. Punter Tommy Townsend danced left and right behind the line of scrimmage and was stopped well short.

The Tigers scored on the next play. It seemed like a turning point, but the Gators responded.

UP NEXT

Auburn gets a week off before playing at Arkansas. The Tigers have won three straight and five of the last six in the series.

Florida plays at No. 5 LSU next Saturday night. The Tigers have won four of the last six and six of nine in the series.

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Passing

Aub Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
B. Nix 27 11 40.7 1 145 46 3 31.2
Fla Att Cmp % TD-Pa Yds-Pa LgPa Int Rat
K. Trask 31 19 61.3 2 234 64 0 106.1
E. Jones 7 5 71.4 0 28 20 0 78.3

Rushing

Aub Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
J. Whitlow 18 81 4.5 16 0
K. Martin 5 29 5.8 15 0
Fla Att Yds-Ru Avg LgRu TD-Ru
L. Perine 14 130 9.3 88 1
M. Davis 5 16 3.2 8 0

Receiving

Aub Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
S. Williams 4 79 19.8 46 1
M. Miller 2 22 11.0 12 0
Fla Rec Yds-Rc Avg LgRc TD-Rc
F. Swain 6 146 24.3 64 1
K. Pitts 8 65 8.1 32 0

Fumbles

Aub F FL
B. Nix 1 0
Fla F FL
K. Trask 3 3

Returning

Aub KR Avg KRTD LgKR PR Avg TD LgPR
N. Igbinoghene 1 22.0 0 22 0 - 0 0

Punting

Aub Punt Yds Avg LgPu
A. Siposs 8 326 40.8 47
Fla Punt Yds Avg LgPu
T. Townsend 7 330 47.1 62

Takeaways

Aub Int Yds InTD
D. Brown 0 0 0
Fla Int Yds InTD
M. Wilson 1 0 0
D. Stiner 1 0 0

Team Stats Comparison

Aub Fla
Points For 13 24
Total Yards 269 398
Rushing Yards 124 132
Passing Yards 145 266
Passing Completions / Attempts 11/27 25/39
Turnovers 4 4
Interceptions Thrown 3 0
Fumbles - Lost 2/1 4/4
First Downs 12 19
Penalties - Yards 9/70 6/55
Time Of Possession 19:19 41:41
Third Down Conversions/Attempts 2/14 4/15
Fourth Down Conversions/Attempts 0/1 0/2
Punts - Average Yards 8/41 7/47

Scoring Summary

1st Quarter Aub Fla
Fla 1:48 TD Freddie Swain 64 yd pass from Kyle Trask (Evan McPherson kick) 0 7
Aub 7:49 FG Anders Carlson 48 yd FG 3 7
Aub 11:59 FG Anders Carlson 39 yd FG 6 7
2nd Quarter Aub Fla
Fla 1:32 TD Josh Hammond 13 yd pass from Kyle Trask (Evan McPherson kick) 6 14
Aub 4:37 TD Seth Williams 32 yd pass from Bo Nix (Anders Carlson kick) 13 14
Fla 9:11 FG Evan McPherson 41 yd FG 13 17
3rd Quarter Aub Fla
No scores this quarter
4th Quarter Aub Fla
Fla 5:56 TD Lamical Perine 88 yd run (Evan McPherson kick) 13 24

Game Information

Stadium: Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, Florida
Attendance: 90,584
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