The No. 21 Florida Gators (1-1, 0-1 SEC) haven’t lost a regular season non-conference game since the end of the 2017 season. Florida will look to extend that winning streak to 14 games when She will host USF on Saturday night at The Swamp (7:30 p.m., SEC Network).
For the Gators, it’s an opportunity to turn the page after a 26-16 loss to No. 10 Kentucky last week. Florida will face an unranked team for the first time this season after back-to-back games against top 25 opponents.
Florida is 2-0 against USF, including a 42-20 win over the Bulls last year in Tampa. USF returns 10 starters on offense and eight starters on defense from last year’s team, while adding a handful of power-five program transfers, such as former Clemson wide receiver Ajou Ajou and the former Missouri defensive lineman Jatorian Hansford.
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The Florida Gators escaped with a 31-28 victory over South Florida on Saturday night after Bulls kicker Spencer Shrader missed a 48-yard field goal in the final seconds of the game to force overtime.
The long field goal attempt came after a Bulls snap went through the legs of quarterback Gerry Bohanon.
South Florida rushed 46 times for 286 yards and three touchdowns in the loss.
The Florida Gators capitalized after USF’s Gerry Bohanon threw an interception to Trevez Johnson at the 28-yard line with 6:51 left.
Florida running back Trevoew Etienne needed just four carries to reach the end zone and give the Gators a 31-28 lead with 5 minutes remaining.
USF cornerback Aamaris Brown intercepts UF quarterback Anthony Richardson’s touchdown pass in the end zone with 7:50 remaining in the game.
Richardson is now 10 of 18 for 112 yards and two touchdowns.
South Florida capped an 11-play, 51-yard drive with a 1-yard touchdown by Michel Dukes Jr. to give the Bulls a 28-24 lead with 11:14 left in the game.
The Gators find themselves in a dogfight with South Florida heading into the fourth quarter in Gainesville. USF is down 24-21, however, the Bulls have second and 12 of 42 from the Gators to start the fourth quarter.
Running back Brian Battle continues to lead a South Florida backfield that slashed the Gators defense for 266 yards on 33 carries.
UF quarterback Anthony Richardson is now 9 of 15 for 82 yards. The Gators running offense gained 156 yards on 20 carries in three quarters.
Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson threw his first interception of the game during the Gators’ second-half opener. USF’s Dwayne Boyles rushed for 38 yards on the Gators’ 18-yard line
The Bull’s Gary Bohanan followed a few plays later with a 6-yard touchdown run. A successful two-point covnersion brings the score to 24-21 Gators.
A pass from USF’s Gerry Bohanon is intercepted by transfer Georgie Jalen Kimber and returned 39 yards for a touchdown to make it 24-10 Gators with 4:39 remaining in the half.
South Florida’s Spencer Shrader then connects on a 49-yard field goal to close out the half. The Gators lead 24-13.
Anthony Richardson of Florida is a quiet 7 for 9 for 75 yards. He also has four carries for a total of 5 yards.
“Overall, the plan is working offensively,” Florida coach Billy Napier told the SEC Network.
South Florida has over 200 rushing yards, led by Brian Battle’s 99 yards and score.
We come and go. The Florida Gators’ offense responds to a South Florida Spencer Shrader field goal with an 8-yard touchdown by Nay’Quan Wright with 4:45 left in the first half. Florida now leads 17-10.
USF forced Florida to a fourth down, however, a personal foul kept the drive alive for the Gators.
Florida now has 130 rushing yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns.
Montrell Johnson Jr. runs for a 62-yard touchdown to give the Gators a 10-7 lead to start the second quarter. Breathe much-needed life into the faithful of Florida.
South Florida took a 7-3 lead over the Gators after the first quarter. Florida has just 70 yards in 10 plays so far in the game.
Florida quarterback Anthony Richards is 4-for-4 for 36 yards. He also has a 2 meter run. Nay’Quan Wright leads the Gators backfield with three carries for 21 yards.
The South Florida Bulls are coming for 81 yards on 12 plays in 6 minutes and 46 seconds to take a 7-3 lead with 1:21 left in the first quarter.
Brian Battle of the Bulls has four carries for 41 yards and the touchdown. As a team, South Florida already has over 100 rushing yards. The Gators really miss linebacker Ventrell Miller.
The Bulls’ opening practice ends in Florida territory after the Gators force a turnover, a fumble recovered by Shemar James.
Florida then moved the ball upfield before clinching at the 14-yard line. The Gators settle for a 31-yard field goal by Adam Mihalek. Florida leads 3-0 with 8:12 left in the first quarter.
ALLIGATORS — OUT: LB Ventrell Miller (lower body), OL Michael Tarquin (lower body), LS Marco Ortiz (upper body), TE Arlis Boardingham (upper body), QB Jack Miller III (thumb), OL David Conner (upper from the body) ; QUESTIONABLE — CB Jaydon Hill (knee).
FUS — OUT: RB Kelley Joiner Jr. (foot); QUESTIONABLE: LB Antonio Grier (undisclosed), CB Christian Williams (undisclosed), CB Daquan Evans (undisclosed), DB Matthew Hill (undisclosed), WR Ajou Ajou (leg), WR Yusuf Terry (undisclosed), WR Latrell Williams (hamstrings).
Those on the field and in the stands can expect a 20 to 25 percent chance of showers at kickoff, with the temperature around 79 degrees, according to Andrew Shashy, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Jacksonville. . Shashy said the chance of rain should decrease as the night progresses.
Where and when will the Florida Gators play the USF Bulls?
Where: Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, Gainesville, Florida
When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, September 17
How can I watch Florida vs. USF football on TV, streaming?
TV: SEC Network (channel 611 on DirecTV, channel 408 on Dish Network, channel 607 on AT&T), YouTube TV (2 week free trial), Hulu + Live TV (7 day free trial), fuboTV (7 day free trial)
Advertisers: Tom Hart (play-by-play), Jordan Rodgers (analyst), Cole Cubelic (reporter)
Direct: WatchESPN (requires cable provider), ESPN+ ($9.99 per month), and the ESPN app
How can I listen to Florida vs USF on the radio?
Radio: Gator IMG Sports Network (98.1 FM / 850 AM WRUF), ESPN Radio Network, SiriusXM (channel 192)
Gator IMG Sports Network Advertisers: Sean Kelley (play-by-play), Shane Matthews (analyst), Tate Casey (reporter)
Online Radio: WRUF.com, FloridaGators.com, Varsity App, TuneIn, SiriusXM.com (channel 963)
What is the final betting line for Florida vs. USF?
Florida is a 24.5-point favorite over USF, according to Oddsshark.com, a betting odds aggregator. The plus-minus is 59 points.