Gators Defense Leads #10 Florida To Impressive Win Over #7 Auburn

The tenth ranked Florida Gators (6-0, 3-0) got an impressive 24-13 win over seventh ranked Auburn (5-1, 2-1) on Saturday afternoon in the Swamp.

Lamical Perine ran 88 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter after he 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 extra breathing room in a game they never trailed. Perine finished the game with 130 yards on the ground - he also added four catches for fifteen yards in the air. Freddie Swain had a monster game in the air, hauling in 146 yards on six receptions and a touchdown.

Joe Greenard and David Reese were the stars of the show for Florida, which has given up only 16 points in four home games this season. The Gators kept JaTarvious Whitlow in check and harassed freshman quarterback Bo Nix. Nix completed 11 of 27 passes for 145 yards for Auburn with a touchdown and three interceptions. He was sacked three times, once for a 22-yard loss..

Florida's Kyle Traskk also had three fumbles, but was more efficient through the air as he went 19-for-31 with 234 yards and two touchdowns. He was knocked out of the game when Auburn star Derrick Brown landed on his left leg - Gators coach Dan Mullen told CBS at halftime he had a sprained knee ligament.

The Gators now turn their attention to their second top ten showdown in as many weeks as they travel to Baton Rouge to battle #5 LSU next Saturday night - the Tigers got a 42-6 win over Utah State on Saturday to improve to 5-0 in their own right. Kickoff next Saturday night is scheduled for 8 PM.

 

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