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November 24, 2012

No. 6 Florida keeps national title hopes alive by beating Seminoles

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida coach Will Muschamp doesn’t have any doubt where his team’s next stop should be: Miami for the BCS championship game on Jan. 7.

And the sixth-ranked Gators made a strong case for consideration Saturday by crushing archrival Florida State.

Mike Gillislee ran for two touchdowns and Florida scored 24 straight points in a span of less than nine minutes in the fourth quarter to keep its national title hopes alive with a convincing win over the 10th-ranked Seminoles.

“We have a really tough football team,” Muschamp said he left the field for Florida’s locker room. “We should be playing for the national championship.”

Florida (11-1, 7-1 Southeastern Conference) came into the game fourth in the BCS standings, and could find itself in position to earn a spot in the national championship game if No. 1 Notre Dame loses to Southern California. The Gators lone loss was in late October to third-ranked Georgia, and it will keep them out of the SEC title game.

“Hopefully we can sneak in,” said Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel, who completed 15 of 23 passes for 147 yards and a touchdown. “We’re a resilient team.”

He’s not likely to get any argument from Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher, who hoped a victory over the Gators would not only persuade pollsters that the Seminoles belonged among the elite, but win some positive attention for the Atlantic Coast Conference.

“They controlled the line of scrimmage up front,” Fisher said. “They have a very good team. They did a great job.”

The game matching two of the nation’s best defenses went back and forth with the Seminoles scoring 20 unanswered points to take a 20-13 lead late in the third quarter. They wouldn’t score again until the final play of the game and victory out of reach.

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