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         === Gators survive Louisiana on blocked punt, lose Driskel ===
 
 Gainesville,  FL  (Sports Network) -  The Florida Gators lost quarterback Jeff
 Driskel to an ankle injury.
 
 But thanks to a pair of scores in the final 1:42, they didn't lose the game.
 
 Jelani  Jenkins returned  a blocked  punt 36  yards for  a touchdown  with two
 seconds remaining, and the seventh-ranked Gators escaped with a 27-20 win over
 the visiting Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns.
 
 Jacoby  Brissett,  who came on in  relief of Driskel, threw a 3-yard touchdown
 pass to Quinton Dunbar to tie the game.
 
 Florida's  defense forced  a three-and-out  on  the ensuing  drive, calling  a
 timeout  to  force a  Louisiana punt  with 13 seconds  to go. Loucheiz Purifoy
 blocked  the punt and the ball landed in the arms of Jenkins, who raced to the
 end zone.
 
 The Gators, though, were knocked out of contention for a spot in the SEC title
 game. Georgia throttled Auburn, 38-0, Saturday night to win the SEC East.
 
 Louisiana  scored 17 straight points after Florida (9-1) had taken a 13-3 lead
 early in the second half.
 
 "We  fought and we believed," said Louisiana quarterback Terrance Broadway. "I
 told  the team after  the game, 'I'm really proud of you all.' I am just happy
 to be a part of this team. We fought our butts off."
 
 After  Caleb Sturgis  kicked a  21-yard field  goal, the  Ragin' Cajuns  (5-4)
 responded  with a nine-play, 77-yard trek that culminated in a two-yard TD run
 by Alonzo Harris.
 
 Driskel  was  injured on the  next Florida drive,  limping off the field after
 being  tackled for  no gain on a  second-down run. It got worse for the Gators
 after Brissett threw a 1-yard screen pass to Mike Gillislee.
 
 Louisiana's  Bradley Brown  blocked a  Kyle  Christy punt  and Blake  Comminie
 returned it 22 yards for the go-ahead score. Brett Baer kicked a 22-yard field
 goal in the early moments of the fourth quarter to extend the lead to 20-13.
 
 With  time becoming an enemy, Brissett engineered a game-tying drive. Facing a
 3rd-and-3  from the Louisiana 42, Brissett found Jordan Reed for 39 yards on a
 downfield strike that preceded Dunbar's grab.
 
 "We  managed the game  very well late in the game as far as field position was
 concerned,  as  far as  time was  concerned, and  what we  wanted to do," said
 Florida coach Will Muschamp. "We've talked about it, we've emphasized it every
 day,  every situation and now we just need to figure out what we need to do to
 move  forward and  improve our team. We  need to continue to work on our team,
 but  again to  win the  game  in that  fashion  certainly is  credited to  our
 character and our kids."
 
 The  Ragin' Cajuns turned the ball over on the game's opening drive as Sharrif
 Floyd forced a fumble after 6-yard reception by Harry Peoples. Jon Bostic made
 the  recovery  at the Louisiana  28 and  despite the favorable field position,
 Florida  failed  to move  the chains  and settled for  a 38-yard Sturgis field
 goal.
 
 Later  in the  first  quarter, Broadway  found Darryl  Surgent  for a  48-yard
 catch-and-run, setting up a 49-yard field goal by Baer.
 
 The  Gators' offense  struggled to  consistently move  the ball  until finally
 gaining  traction late in the opening half. Driskel ran for gains of 10 and 22
 yards before Omarius Hines took a screen pass into Louisiana territory.
 
 Driskel  then found  Reed for  30 yards  on a  post pattern,  setting up  Trey
 Burton's short touchdown reception with seven seconds remaining.
 
 Florida fed off the momentum of the late score as Hines opened the second half
 with  a 32-yard run. A face mask penalty was tacked on at the end of the play,
 placing  the ball  at Louisiana 29. Driskel  then set up a 1st-and-goal with a
 24-yard  run, but the Gators couldn't reach the end zone and Sturgis connected
 on a field goal to make it a 10-point game.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 Driskel  completed 13-of-16 passes  for 98 yards and rushed for 76 yards on 12
 carries  ... Broadway  had  171  yards on  16-of-23  efficiency  ... The  game
 featured 15 punts, including eight by Florida ... The Gators and Ragin' Cajuns
 met for the first time since 1996.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 11/10 22:52:17 ET