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Furman Vs. Florida: Gators Rally Back, Take Lead 27-22

The Furman Paladins drive to start the second quarter was short lived as the drive died and they punted the football back to the Florida Gators. The Gators marched right down the field thanks to quarterback John Brantley and Jordan Reed connecting on some slants. In just seven plays, the Gators marched down the field and got in the endzone on a 1-yard touchdown run by Hunter Joyer to cut the Furman lead to 22-14.

Furman's next drive went nine plays, but it was short lived. The Paladins were able to march down to the Florida 34-yard line, but decided to punt the football for a touchback, putting the Gators on the 20-yard line. Florida's offense suddenly found life, scoring on the first play of the drive. Brantley hit wide receiver Andre Debose for an 80-yard touchdown pass, but the Gators went for two points, failing to get the conversation but cutting the Furman lead to 22-20.

Furman once again couldn't get their offense going as the upset began to slip away. Furman's punt was blocked out of bounds by the Gators, giving Florida the ball on the 34-yard line. Two plays into the drive, Brantley once again went deep for a touchdown, connecting with Quinton Dunbar for another touchdown tying Brantley's career high for touchdown passes with his third of the day.

Furman went three and out again giving the ball back to Florida, but the Gators couldn't increase their lead as Caleb Sturgis missed his second field goal of the day. The Gators enter halftime with a 27-22.

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