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Saturday October 16, 2010Football Falls To Mississippi State, 10-7

Gainesville, Fla.

Mississippi State (5-2, 2-2 SEC) held off No. 22 Florida (4-3, 2-3 SEC), 10-7, in another frantic finish in The Swamp on Saturday night. Playing on Homecoming in front of a crowd of 90,517 fans, it was the Gators' 40th consecutive home game with over 90,000 spectators.


With :09 seconds remaining in regulation, senior Chas Henry (Dallas, Ga.) misfired on a 42-yard field-goal attempt that would have tied the game and the Bulldogs ran out the clock to notch their first victory in Gainesville since 1965.


In the first quarter, a 30-yard pass from Mississippi State junior quarterback Chris Relf to sophomore wide receiver Chad Bumphis led to the first score of the game, a 31-yard field goal by senior place kicker Sean Brauchle which put the Bulldogs up by a 3-0 count.


A 38-yard Gator drive in the first quarter was halted when Bulldog sophomore defensive back Johnathan Banks intercepted redshirt junior quarterback John Brantley's (Ocala, Fla.) pass and returned it 12 yards to the Mississippi State 36-yard line. On the ensuing drive, MSU marched 64 yards and used a six-yard touchdown scamper by Relf and a successful point-after attempt to increase its lead to 10-0.


Later in the second quarter, Brantley connected with four different receivers on a 15-play drive to get the Gators to the 21-yard line. However, Henry was wide left on a missed field goal from 38 yards to leave UF's deficit at 10-0.


On Florida's initial drive of the third quarter, redshirt sophomore wide receiver Omarius Hines (Coriscana, Texas) scored his first career rushing touchdown from five yards out to cap off a 13-play, 80-yard scoring drive. The touchdown put the Gators on the board and left them trailing, 10-7.


At the outset of the fourth quarter, Brauchle pushed a 40-yard field goal wide to the right to keep the score at 10-7.


On the next possession, Florida drove down to Mississippi State's 17-yard line, where a fumble by junior running back Jeffery Demps (Winter Garden, Fla.) was recovered by the Bulldogs at the 17-yard line. However, MSU was unable to capitalize on the fumble and was forced to punt the ball back to the Gators, who took over at their own four-yard line with a little over two minutes on the clock. UF used a 14-play, 71-yard drive to move into position for a game-tying field goal as regulation wound down.


For Florida, Brantley went 24-for-39 with one interception. The signal-caller connected with nine different receivers for 210 yards. Leading the Gator receiving corps was redshirt sophomore wide receiver Frankie Hammond Jr. (Hollywood, Fla.), who had five catches for 69 yards, a career-best in both receptions and receiving yards. Hines led the team in rushing with 58 yards on six carries, while freshman quarterback Trey Burton (Venice, Fla.) had eight carries for 43 yards and five receptions for 37 yards.


Defensively for Florida, senior Ahmad Black (Lakeland, Fla.) had 10 tackles and senior Justin Trattou (Ramsey, N.J.) had nine. UF held a 361-245 advantage in total offense.


The Gators will enjoy a bye week and return to action on Oct. 30 to take on the Georgia Bulldogs in their annual meeting in Jacksonville. The game will begin at 3:30 p.m. and will be televised by CBS Sports.

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