After last weeks close win over Arkansas the Gators faced Mississippi State in Starkeville, a win would mean the Gators were now 7 and 0 in the season, a loss was unthinkable!
First Quarter: Despite forcing an interception on Miss fist possession, and driving the ball down to the Miss 20 yard line, Caleb Sturgis was unable to score the resulting 37 yard field goal. Mississippi would take the initiative driving the ball 54 yards and 10 plays to the Gator 43 yard line. Derek DePasquale would score the field goal to give Miss the first points on the board. The Gators responded immediately as Tim Tebow connected with Riley Cooper for a 21 yard pass to set up a first and goal. The Bulldogs defensive line would hold strong and the Gators had to settle for a field goal to even the scores.
Second Quarter: The Bulldogs were held three and out on their next drive giving the Gators the ball on their own 33 yard line. The Gators moved the ball to Bulldogs territory, Tebow then took a snap on the 26 yard line and rushed for a touchdown. This would give the Gators a 10-3 lead early in the second quarter. After the Gators had forced the Bulldogs to another three and out, they drove the ball to the Buldogs 10 yard line but were halted once more. It was up to Sturgis again to tac on some extra points from a 21 yard field goal. Scores now 13-3 to UF with 7min 15sec of the first half remaining. After exchanging punts the Gators were set up for a touchdown attempt. A Tebow pass to the endzone was intercepted by Johnathan Banks who returned the ball 100 yard to cut the Gator lead to 13-10.
Third Quarter: With 9min 23sec left in the Quarter Bulldogs QB Lee passed to Christian Ducre who rushed for a 54 yard gain to set up a field goal attempt. DePasquale would not fail from 31 yards to tie the game at 13 each. On the Gators next possession they advanced the ball downfield to set up Sturgis for a 27 yard attempt. The resulting score would edge the Gators ahead 16-13.
Fourth Quarter: After a failed fake punt from Mississippi the Gators got the ball on the 22 yard line, and Rainey was able to sprint in from eight yards to take the scores to 22-13. With 8min 25sec left in the game, another tipped pass resulted in an interception. Dustin Doe picking up the ball and running for 26 yards for the touchdown. With the extra point secured from Sturgis the score now stood 29-13 to the Gators. Not done yet, Banks intercepted another Tebow pass and returned the ball 21 yards for his second touchdown of the night. The Bulldogs were unable to score the extra point as Chad Bumphis was tackled for a loss on the play.