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Florida vs. No. 5 Florida State: Live Updates

Follow along for live updates from the Gators' regular-season finale

Florida quarterback Max Brown warms up ahead of the Gators matchup with the No. 5 Florida State Seminoles on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023.
Florida quarterback Max Brown warms up ahead of the Gators matchup with the No. 5 Florida State Seminoles on Saturday, Nov. 25, 2023.

The Florida Gators will host the undefeated, No. 5 Florida State Seminoles Saturday at 7 p.m. Follow along below for live updates throughout the game.


1:33 | Q4 - Brown was sacked twice and threw an interception on fourth down. Florida State takes over and will kneel out the clock.

SCORING PLAY: 2:48 | Q4 - Florida State ices it. Benson rumbled for a 26-yard rushing touchdown. Seminoles are going to escape the Swamp with a win.

2:56 | Q4 - Florida called timeout ahead of a third down. Rodemaker returns for FSU.

3:51 | Q4 - Florida State picked up the first down in ugly fashion. Rodemaker scrambled, and as he slid down, Hill crushed him with his shoulder pad. Fifteen-yard penalty on Hill, and he's ejected for targeting. 

3:56 | Q4 - Junior cornerback Jason Marshall Jr. exploded off the edge and sacked Rodemaker on second down. Third-and-14 upcoming for the Seminoles. Game on the line for Florida.

4:50 | Q4 - Redshirt junior nickelback Jaydon Hill flagged for pass interference. Fifteen yards for FSU.

5:37 | Q4 - Florida State sacked Brown twice and nearly picked off the young quarterback. Quick punt for the Gators. FSU takes over.

SCORING PLAY: Florida sophomore defensive lineman Chris McClellan made a huge stop on the goal line to force a field goal, and the Seminoles retake the lead with a 19-yard kick. FSU 17 UF 15

9:13 | Q4 - Rodemaker found Wilson again for a first down in the red zone. Seminoles on the doorstep.

11:06 | Q4 - Ja'Khi Douglas made a strong hands catch on fourth down to keep FSU's drive alive.

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11:45 | Q4 - Watson stuffed Benson for no gain on a key third down. Seminoles going for it on fourth.

12:37 | Q4 - Florida State bailed out by a pass interference call on Moore. The young defensive back made too much contact with Wilson.

13:15 | Q4 - Coleman had been quiet all game, but he escaped for a huge punt return near midfield. Great field position for FSU.

END OF THE 3RD QUARTER - Florida State punched back on the first possession of the period, but Florida answered and holds a one-point lead with 15 minutes to play. UF 15 FSU 14

0:43 | Q3 - Florida State failed to get things going after an initial first down. Seminoles punt it away.

1:31 | Q3 - Florida forced to punt it away after a listless offensive possession. 

3:59 | Q3 - Coleman nearly pulled off a circus catch for a miraculous first down, but the pass falls incomplete. FSU punted it away.

4:50 | Q3 - Junior defensive lineman Desmond Watson sacked Rodemaker on second down. Huge third and long.

SCORING PLAY: 5:58 | Q3 - Florida settles for a field goal in the red zone. Gators retake the lead. UF 15 FSU 14

10:54 | Q3 - Johnson rumbled for 21-yard. Florida in FSU territory. 

11:34 | Q3 - Brown delivered a strike to senior receiver Ricky Pearsall for a massive first down. 17-yard pickup for Pearsall.

SCORING PLAY: 12:31 | Q3 - Florida State didn't take long to take the lead in the second half. Benson ripped off a 36-yard rush to put the Seminoles on top. FSU 14 UF 12

13:20 | Q3 - Rodemaker completed a pass to Wilson on 3rd-and-10, then he found Keon Coleman for a 24-yard chunk across midfield. 

15:00 | Q3 - Florida State receives the opening kickoff and starts at its own 25.

HALFTIME - Smack misses a 52-yard field goal at the end of the half, and the Gators will have to settle for a five-point halftime advantage. Strong performance from UF, but plenty of points left on the board. UF 12 FSU 7

0:14 | 2Q - Florida tried to go end the half, but FSU opted to call a timeout. On the next play, Johnson rips off a 52-yard gash to put the Gators in position for a late score.

SCORING PLAY: 0:26 | 2Q - Seminoles on the board. Benson punches it in from close range. Despite a difficult first half, Florida State only trails by five. UF 12 FSU 7

0:32 | 2Q - Florida State picks up a massive third down in the red zone. Receiver Johnny Wilson extends all of his 6-foot-7-inch frame for a grab by the sideline. Play is under review. The call stands, first down.

2:12 | 2Q - First big passing play of the night for FSU. 29-yard strike to Jaheim Bell. 

3:05 | 2Q - Florida redshirt freshman defensive lineman Jamari Lyons is ejected for spitting on a Seminoles player. 15-yard penalty on the play.

4:02 | 2Q - Gators forced to punt the ball back to the Seminoles. FSU takes over at its 10-yard line.

4:55 | 2Q - Florida tries to bust out the razzle dazzle, but the play is blown up. Intentional grounding on Brown leads to a 2nd-and-24.

SCORING PLAY: 5:08 | 2Q - The Gators send an all-out blitz on third down, and junior edge rusher Princely Umanmielen and junior linebacker Derek Wingo combine for the sack for a safety. UF 12 FSU 0

6:29 | 2Q - Florida opts to punt it away, and junior Jeremy Crawhaw delivers a 62-yard beauty to the FSU six-yard line.

6:40 | 2Q - Brown was hit as he threw his pass on third down, but the fluttering ball was caught by Wilson one yard short of the sticks. UF lined up to go for it on fourth down at its own 33, but Napier called timeout.

9:01 | 2Q - Florida sophomore cornerback Devin Moore with back-to-back pass breakups. Florida State will punt it away again.

10:00 | 2Q - FSU's Tate Rodemaker compelets the screen to Johnny Wilson for the Seminoles first first down of the night.

SCORING PLAY: 10:21 | 2Q - Florida opts to kick the field goal. Trey Smack good from 35 yards. UF 10 FSU 0

10:25 | 2Q - Florida runs down the field with sophomore tailback Trevor Etienne, but Brown's quarterback sneak is stuffed on third down. Fourth down decision for the Gators.

13:00 | 2Q - The actual punt was a disaster for the Seminoles. Short kick goes out of bounds at the FSU 40-yard line. Gators in excellent field position.

13:08 | 2Q - Florida State caught the Gators with a fake punt, but the ball was snapped after the play clock expired. Delay of game penalty forces a punt. 

SCORING PLAY: 14:31 | 2Q - Florida capitalizes on the personal foul and junior running back Montrell Johnson punched in the touchdown. UF 7 FSU 0

14:49 | 2Q - Brown is sacked immediately by FSU's Akeem Dent, but the hit was ruled unnecessary roughness. Questionable call, but Florida resets the chains in the red zone.

END OF THE 1ST - Florida goes backwards on back-to-back plays and will face a 3rd-and-Goal from the 10. Gators held the ball for 13:37 of the 15 minute opening period.

1:37 | 1Q - Offsides on FSU. Gators down to the Seminoles' two-yard line.

3:02 | 1Q - Brown is feeling it. He delivered a seed to redshirt freshman tight end Hayden Hansen up the sideline for a 24-yard gain.

4:04 | 1Q - Brown with another completion on third down. He found redshirt sophomore Kahleil Jackson on a slant for the first.

6:42 | 1Q - Florida blows up a screen pass on third down. Gators forced a three-and-out on their first defensive series.

7:16 | 1Q - FSU tailback Trey Benson lost 11 yards on second down. Blown up play and he couldn't make something out of nothing. 

7:58 | 1Q - Florida's opening drive ends scoreless. Gators forced to settle for three, and sophomore kicker Trey Smack missed wide right.

9:00 | 1Q - Brown delivered a strike on third down to Wilson. Perfect pass on a deep out to pick up 3rd-and-10.

12:19 | 1Q - Brown with two early first downs, first a completion to freshman wide receiver Eugene Wilson III, then a first down with his legs. Florida on the move.

15:00 | 1Q - Gators start with the football. Redshirt freshman quarterback Max Brown will make his first career start.

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Topher Adams

Topher Adams is a fourth-year communications major and in his fourth semester with the Alligator. He previously covered football, baseball and women's basketball. He also enjoys professional lacrosse and Major League Soccer.

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