(GAINESVILLE, Fla.) — Florida blocked a punt with two seconds left and returned it for a touchdown, avoiding what would have been a catastrophic upset as they beat Louisiana-Lafayette 27-20 on Saturday.
With the game tied at 20, the Rajin’ Cajuns were playing for overtime and trying to punt the ball away, by Loucheiz Purifoy was able to deflec the punt and Jelani Jenkins returned it 36 yards for the touchdown for the Gators (9-1).
Louisiana-Lafayette (5-4) trailed 13-3 in the third quarter, but stormed back to take a 20-13 lead on a Brett Baer 22-yard field goal in the fourth quarter.
Florida then used a backup to rally them, as starting quarterback Jeff Driskel had to leave the game with an ankle injury. His backup Jacoby Brisset tied the game with a 3-yard scoring strike to Quinton Dunbard with 1:42 left in regulation.
Florida, who can win the SEC East with a Georgia loss against Auburn, had 10 penalties for 79 yards on the day.
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