The Florida Gators picked up their biggest win so far this season as they defeated the Auburn Tigers 24-13. Florida proved to the entire nation that they’re truly a top 10 team in the country. Gators quarterback Kyle Trask looks pretty solid throwing the football around in the game. Senior running Lamical Perine had his best game of the season and topped it off with an 88-yard rushing touchdown. The story of the game was how dominant the Florida Gators defense was and how they made Bo Nix look like a freshman quarterback. Florida’s defense kept them in the game and did a great job of making Auburn’s offense one dimensional.
Florida Gators Defend The Swamp
The Auburn Tigers dropped their first game of the season with a conference loss to the Gators. The Tigers offense didn’t have an answer for Todd Grantham and the Gators defense. Freshman quarterback Bo Nix had his worst game of his young collegiate career. Nix completed 11 out of 27 passes for 145 yards, one touchdown and he threw three interceptions. Nix also had eighteen rushing yards on ten carries. Running back JaTarvious Whitlow led the Tigers in rushing as he had eighteen carries for 81 yards. Sophomore wide receiver Seth Williams was really the only offense player that showed up. Williams had four receptions for 79 yards and a touchdown.
On defense, the Auburn Tigers played well as they were able to put pressure on the quarterback and force some turnovers. ZaKoby McClain led the Tigers in tackles with ten including 1.5 sacks. Linebacker K.J. Britt had a strong performance as he had five tackles and a sack. Senior defensive tackle Derrick Brown was terrific against the Gators to nobody’s surprise. Brown had four tackles, a sack and recovered two fumbles. Christian Tutt and T.D. Moultry both recorded sacks in the loss against the Florida Gators.
Ben Hill Griffin Stadium was the place to be Saturday afternoon as the Gators got the win against a top 10 opponent. Quarterback Kyle Trask gutted out a win as he completed 19 out of 31 passes for 234 yards and two touchdowns. Lamical Perine finally ran the ball decently as he had 14 carries for 130 yards including an 88-rushing touchdown. Florida fans were excited to see Perine finally break off a long run. Senior wide receiver Freddie Swain had a career night with six receptions, 146 yards including a 64-yard touchdown. Tight end Kyle Pitts continues to play well with eight catches for 65 yards. Josh Hammond had two catches for 23 yards and a touchdown.
The Florida defense was too much for Nix and the Auburn Tigers offense. Senior linebacker David Reese had 13 tackles and he shut down Auburn’s rushing attack. Jon Greenard had six tackles and put tons of pressure on Nix as he recorded three QB hurries. Safety Shawn Davis had five tackles and got his third interception on the year with a terrific one-handed catch. Marco Wilson and Donovan Stiner both picked up their second interceptions of the 2019 season. James Houston IV and Zachary Carter recorded sacks in the win over Auburn.
The Florida Gators will be on College GameDay next Saturday for the third time this season. The Gators will be on the road to take on the LSU Tigers in Death Valley. The LSU Tigers are 6-0 and coming off a 42-6 win over Utah State. You can watch this game next Saturday at 8pm EST on ESPN.