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Florida vs. Louisiana-Lafayette final: Gators escape upset bid with 27-20 win

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Florida needed a last-minute blocked punt to survive against the mighty Sun Belt.

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The Florida Gators struggled with the Louisiana-Lafayette Ragin Cajuns all day, but scored two touchdowns in the final 1:50 to escape with a 27-20 win. Jelani Jenkins returned a blocked punt 35 yards for the winning touchdown with 13 seconds left to save the Gators, who looked quite poor for most of the game.

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Jacoby Brissett, who was in for the injured Jeff Driskel, connected with Quinton Dunbar just moments before to tie the game at 20. The Ragin' Cajuns also scored a touchdown on a blocked punt, which Blake Comminie returned for a touchdown in the third quarter that gave them a 17-13 lead.

Jeff Driskel injured his ankle in the third quarter, which really hobbled an already struggling Florida offense. Driskel finished the game 14-19 for 103 yards and a touchdown, along with 77 rushing yards.

Box Score Hero: In a game full of poor offensive performances, Brissett was 4-5 for 57 yards and a touchdown in limited action. He also saved Florida's bacon by throwing the game tying touchdown.

Rankings Ramifications: The Gators came into the weekend ranked sixth in the BCS standings. They might fall a bit with a close win over an underwhelming foe.

But Did They Cover? The Gators were 27.5 point favorites, so no, they did not cover.

Next Week's Schedule:

Florida: 11/17, vs. Jacksonville State

UL-Lafayette: 11/17, vs. Western Kentucky

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