Despite a crushing overtime loss to South Carolina, Florida gets one more chance to send its seniors and coach out with a home win when the Gators host Eastern Kentucky at the Swamp this Saturday. Kick-off is scheduled for noon with TV coverage being provided by the SEC Network. Only two football watch parties are left for the 2014 season, so come on down to the Greene Turtle at McHenry Row and watch the Orange and Blue on Senior Day with the Baltimore Gator Club.
Florida (5-4, 4-4 SEC) led South Carolina, 17-10, and had the ball will less than a minute left, but Kyle Christy had his punt blocked and the Gamecocks tied the score with 12 seconds left on a touchdown by Mike Davis. In overtime the Gators settled for a field goal while the visitors walked off with the 23-20 win thanks to a 4-yd. rushing touchdown by Dylan Thompson. Two days after the loss, Florida Athletic Director Jeremy Foley announced that head football coach Will Muschamp will not return for next season.
The Gators grinded out 218 yards on the ground against USC, led by true freshman quarterback Treon Harris who scampered for 111 yards in the contest. Harris has provided a spark for the UF offense since taking over the starting QB job against Georgia on Nov. 1. The first-year signal caller has completed 59% of his passes this year for four touchdowns, while also rushing for 242 yards and three scores.
Eastern Kentucky (9-2, 6-2 OVC) closes out its 2014 schedule with a trip to Gainesville after rallying for a 43-36 win over Murray State last weekend at home. The nine wins for EKU are the most in seven years under head coach Dean Hood after winning eight in both 2008 and 2012. The Colonels trailed 27-7 at half and 33-21 late in the third quarter before Bennie Coney found Dy’Shawn Mobley on a screen pass for a 72-yard touchdown with no time left in the period. In the fourth quarter, Mobley scored twice more for a 43-33 lead before the Racers cut it to a seven-point deficit with 47 seconds remaining.
In all, Mobley set a new program record with six touchdowns in the game while rushing for a career-high 224 yards on 40 carries.
Saturday’s game will be the first all-time meeting between the Gators and Colonels. It will mark the final home game for UF’s 22 seniors.