GAINESVILLE, Fla. – Louisiana-Lafayette coach Mark Hudspeth wanted his players to watch No. 7 Florida’s wild, postgame celebration.
Not so they would remember the gut-wrenching feeling of the meltdown. But so they would realize how close they came to pulling off one the biggest upsets in the history of both programs.
Anytime you see the seventh-ranked team in the country storm the field like they won the Super Bowl to beat you, you know you’re doing some good things, Hudspeth said.
The Gators (9-1) scored twice in the final 2 minutes, including once on a blocked punt as the final seconds ticked off the clock, to beat Louisiana-Lafayette 27-20 on Saturday.
The Rajin’ Cajuns (5-4) were 27-point underdogs, were paid $950,000 to be Florida’s homecoming opponent and hadn’t beaten a ranked team in 16 years.
Louisiana-Lafayette led 17-13 in the third quarter after Alonzo Harris’ 2-yard run and a blocked punt for a touchdown on the ensuing drive. Brett Baer’s 22-yard field goal made it 20-13 early in the fourth.
But backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett hit Quinton Dunbar for 3-yard score with 1:42 remaining. ULL was content to run out the clock and play for overtime.
But Loucheiz Purifoy sprinted off the edge and got his right hand on Baer’s punt with about 7 seconds left. Jenkins picked up the deflection and went untouched the other way.
No. 3 KANSAS ST. 23, TCU 10: In Fort Worth, Texas, Collin Klein ran for two touchdowns as the Wildcats improved to 10-0 and moved within two wins of likely reaching their first BCS championship game.
No. 5 GEORGIA 38, AUBURN 0: In Auburn, Ala., Aaron Murray passed for 208 yards and three touchdowns to send the Bulldogs (9-1, 7-1) back to the SEC championship game.
No. 9 LSU 37, NO. 23 MISSISSIPPI ST. 17: In Baton Rouge, La., Zach Mettenberger passed for 273 yards and two touchdowns as the Tigers (8-2, 4-2) kept alive faint hope of a SEC title.
No. 10 CLEMSON 45, MARYLAND 10: In Clemson, S.C., Tajh Boyd threw for 261 yards and three touchdowns as the Tigers (9-1, 6-1 ACC) won their sixth straight.
SYRACUSE 45, No. 11 LOUISVILLE 26: In Syracuse, N.Y., Ryan Nassib threw for 246 yards, Jerome Smith ran for 144 yards and the Orange (5-5, 3-3 Big East) handed the Cardinals (9-1, 4-1) their first loss.
No. 12 SOUTH CAROLINA 38, ARKANSAS 20: In Columbia, S.C., Connor Shaw threw for two touchdowns and ran for another score for the Gamecocks (8-2, 6-2 SEC).
No. 16 STANFORD 27, No. 13 OREGON ST. 23: In Stanford, Calif., Kevin Hogan threw for 254 yards and three touchdowns in his first collegiate start, and the Cardinal (8-2, 6-1) overcame four turnovers against the Beavers (7-2, 5-2) to stay in control of its Pac-12 title hopes.
No. 14 OKLAHOMA 42, BAYLOR 34: In Norman, Okla., Landry Jones threw for 277 yards and two touchdowns, Damien Williams ran for 99 yards and two scores for the Sooners (7-2, 5-1 Big 12).
No. 19 TEXAS 33, IOWA ST. 7: In Austin, Texas, David Ash passed for 364 yards and two touchdowns and the Longhorns (8-2, 5-2 Big 12) honored former coach Darrell Royal by lining up in the wishbone on their first play in the rout of the Cyclones (5-5, 2-5).
No. 21 USC 38, ARIZONA ST. 17: In Los Angeles, Marqise Lee caught 10 passes for 161 yards and a touchdown, Curtis McNeal rushed for 163 yards and two more scores as the Trojans (7-3, 5-3 Pac-12) bounced back from consecutive losses.
No. 24 RUTGERS 28, ARMY 7: In Piscataway, N.J., Brandon Coleman caught his second touchdown of the game on a 31-yard pass from Gary Nova with 8:49 to play and the Scarlet Knights (8-1) survived against the Black Knights (2-8).
No. 25 TEXAS TECH 41, KANSAS 34, 2OT: In Lubbock, Texas, Eric Stephens took the snap out of the wildcat formation, rolled to his right and threw a 3-yard jump pass to Darrin Moore for a touchdown in double overtime to lead the Red Raiders (7-3, 4-3 Big 12).