By Ian Baker -- Trinity Christian Academy junior and 2019-2020 Junior Journalist
The Florida Gators were coming off a nice 38-0 win over Towson and were now playing against an undefeated and very tough Auburn Tigers football team. The Gators came in to the game as a three point underdog and also with a junior quarterback, Kyle Trask, who has started only two 2 games at this point, and comes in with only 647 yards and 5 touchdowns on the season.
The Gators defense was evenly matched with the Tigers, with the Gators having the 17th- ranked defense and the Tigers with the 33rd- ranked defense.
The Gators came out with speed and fierceness, pressuring Auburn freshman quarterback Bo Nix and forcing two incompletions and only a 1- yard run. After fielding the punt, Kyle Trask came out, and on the second play of the drive, Trask threw a beautiful pass to senior Freddie Swain, who took the ball 64 yards to the house to put the Gators up 6-0 After the kick by Evan McPherson, the Gators lead 7-0.
After forcing another punt, the Gators got the ball at their own 23 yard line after driving all the way to the Auburn 48. Trask dropped back to pass and was strip sacked. The ball was recovered by Auburn at the Gators 39 by Auburn junior linebacker Chandler Wooten. This turnover led to a 48-yard field goal by Tigers kicker Anders Carlson.
As the Gators drove down the field to their own 41 yard line, sophomore running back Dameon Pierce ran straight up the middle and got leveled and fumbled the ball. It was recovered by the Auburn Tigers at the Gators 44 yard line, which also led to another field goal by Auburn to pull the Tigers within one point.
The Gators were then beginning to show a weakness in their offensive line and struggling heavily. Trying to pin Auburn deep, senior punter Tommy Townsend punted the ball to the Tigers. The ball flew high into the air and came down right as the Gators got there, and the Auburn player fumbled. The ball rolled back a couple of yards, and the Gators fell on it on the Auburn 2 yard line, but an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty on the Gators dropped them back to the 17. Emory Jones, Florida’s backup quarterback, came out and ran the ball for about three yards to get close to the red zone. Kyle Trask come out on 3rd down to try to get the Gators up 13-6. Trask dropped back and was sacked and fumbled the ball, and Auburn Tigers defensive tackle Derrick Brown picked up the ball and ran 42 yards all the way to the Gators 35 yard line before tripping over his own feet.
Bo Nix came back onto the field for the Tigers. Trying to take the lead and capitalize off the fumble return, dropped back to pass and threw the ball over to the sideline. It was intercepted by junior cornerback Shawn Davis and returned 41 yards all the way to the Auburn 18 yard line.
The Gators came out with the fans behind them, and Trask dropped back and threw to senior Josh Hammond, who broke a tackle and ran into the end zone for a 13-yard touchdown.
After a couple of dud drives by both teams, the Auburn Tigers finally had a good drive capped off by 32-yard touchdown pass to sophomore Seth Williams to put the Auburn Tigers within one point with 10 minutes still left in the 2nd quarter.
The Gators come out with a lot of time still in the half and good field position. Trask dropped back to throw and was hit low and did not get up. Fans could hear a pen drop. Trask, after about 15 minutes, got up and walked off the field and Emory Jones came out and led the Gators all the way into field goal position. Evan McPherson kicked a 41 yard field goal to put Florida ahead 17-13.
After multiple punts, fumbles, and interceptions, the Gators scored the final touchdown with an 88-yard run by senior Lamical Perine to put the Gators up 24-13 to cap off the game.
PLAYERS OF THE GAME.
Kyle Trask: 19/31 234yds 2TD
Freddie Swain: 6 receptions 146yds 1TD 64 long
#7 FLORIDA GATORS
#5 LSU TIGERS