GAMEDAY College Football

Florida 31, South Florida 28

(AP Photo/John Raoux)

By MARK LONG
AP Sports Writer

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - Trevor Etienne's 3-yard touchdown run with 5 minutes remaining helped No. 18 Florida rally to beat South Florida 31-28.

South Florida's Spencer Shrader missed a 48-yard field goal with 23 seconds left that likely would have sent the game into overtime. Shrader had little chance at making the kick after Andrew Beardall dropped the snap while trying to get the ball down.

Nonetheless, the back-and-forth game will be remembered for Florida quarterback Anthony Richardson's miscues and his team's inability to stop the run.

Richardson was off all night for the second straight week. He completed 10 of 18 passes for 112 yards and two interceptions. The second one came in the end zone on a head-scratching play call by coach Billy Napier. Instead of potentially taking the lead, Florida trailed 28-24 and desperately needed help.

Tre'Vez Johnson delivered. He intercepted Gerry Bohanon's third-down pass on the ensuing possession and gave Florida the ball back with a short field.

Napier turned to Etienne, the younger brother of Jacksonville Jaguars running back Travis Etienne. Trevor Etienne carried the ball four straight times, the last one into the end zone to put Florida (2-1) back in front.

The Gators still needed a stop to preserve the victory. They got help from the Bulls (1-2), who botched a shotgun snap, lost 14 yards and ended up with a longer field-goal try than expected on their final play.

Montrell Johnson ran for 103 yards and a touchdown to lead Florida. Etienne added 56 yards on the ground. Johnson was the story, though. He looked more like Treon Harris than Cam Newton as a passer, and his first interception led to a quick score for the Bulls.

Florida doesn't have a touchdown pass in three games, a skid for a program accustomed to tossing the ball around with success.

South Florida was a 24 1/2-point underdog and for the 20th time in 24 games under third-year coach Jeff Scott.

Brian Battie led the Bulls with 150 yards rushing and a touchdown. Bohanon chipped in 102 yards and a score on the ground. But his two interceptions were costly for a team than finished with 286 yards rushing.

THE TAKEAWAY

South Florida: The Bulls fell to 0-3 against Florida, but this one was considerably closer than the previous two. It could be a sign USF is closing the gap on the Gators, who remain the only Sunshine State team that hasn't lost to South Florida.

Florida: The Gators failed to score in the third quarter for the third time in as many games this season, an eye-opening trend in Napier's first season. Florida has been outscored 24-0 by Utah, Kentucky and South Florida in the frame.

MISSING STARTERS

Florida played without standout linebacker Ventrell Miller and right tackle Michael Tarquin. Miller was wearing a walking boot on his right foot. Tarquin was wearing a walking boot on his left foot. Both were ruled out Wednesday and are expected to return soon.


Scoring Summary
First Quarter USFFla
Fla FG 8:12 Adam Mihalek 31 yard field goal 0 3
USF TD 1:21 Brian Battie 10 yard TD run (Spencer Shrader Extra Point) 7 3
Second Quarter USFFla
Fla TD 14:49 Montrell Johnson Jr. 62 yard TD run (Adam Mihalek Extra Point) 7 10
USF FG 10:45 Spencer Shrader 22 yard field goal 10 10
Fla TD 4:45 Nay'Quan Wright 7 yard TD run (Adam Mihalek Extra Point) 10 17
Fla TD 3:10 Jalen Kimber 39 yard interception return for TD (Adam Mihalek Extra Point) 10 24
USF FG 0:10 Spencer Shrader 49 yard field goal 13 24
Third Quarter USFFla
USF TD 10:27 Gerry Bohanon 6 yard TD run (Xavier Weaver 2pt conversion attempt is GOOD) 21 24
Fourth Quarter USFFla
USF TD 11:14 Michel Dukes 1 yard TD run (Spencer Shrader Extra Point) 28 24
Fla TD 5:05 Trevor Etienne 3 yard TD run (Adam Mihalek Extra Point) 28 31
Team Stats
  South Florida Florida
First downs 22 17
  Rushing 16 10
  Passing 6 3
  Penalty 0 4
3rd Down Efficiency 8-15, 53% 3-8, 38%
4th down efficiency 2-2, 100% 1-1, 100%
Rushes-Yards 46-286 30-217
Passing Yards 116 112
Return Yards 150 39
Completions-Attempts-Int 12-28-2 10-18-2
Sacks-Yards Lost 0-0 1-4
Punts 1 2
Fumbles Lost 2-1 0-0
Penalties - Yards 9-73 6-48
South Florida Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
G. Bohanon 12 28 116 0 2
Florida Passing
Player Cmp Att Yds TDs Int
A. Richardson 10 18 112 0 2
South Florida Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
B. Battie 17 150 8.8 1
G. Bohanon 15 102 6.8 1
J. Mangham 5 33 6.6 0
M. Dukes 7 12 1.7 1
S. Atkins 1 3 3.0 0
Florida Rushing
Player Carries Yds Avg TDs
M. Johnson Jr. 6 103 17.2 1
T. Etienne 8 56 7.0 1
N. Wright 7 36 5.1 1
A. Richardson 6 25 4.2 0
South Florida Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
X. Weaver 8 82 10.3 0
K. Brown 1 20 20.0 0
B. Battie 2 7 3.5 0
O. Dollison 1 7 7.0 0
Florida Receiving
Player Rec Yds Avg TDs
J. Shorter 2 33 16.5 0
T. Whittemore 1 33 33.0 0
K. Zipperer 3 29 9.7 0
R. Pearsall 1 14 14.0 0
X. Henderson 3 3 1.0 0
South Florida Interceptions
Player Int Yards
D. Boyles 1 37
A. Brown 1 0
Florida Interceptions
Player Int Yards
J. Kimber 1 39
T. Johnson 1 0
South Florida Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
A. Stokes 1 30 30.0
Florida Punting
Player Punts Yards Avg
J. Crawshaw 2 84 42.0
South Florida Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
X. Weaver 1 20 20.0
Florida Punt Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
South Florida Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
B. Battie 4 93 23.3
Florida Kick Returns
Player Ret Yards Average
South Florida Missed FG
Player Length
S. Shrader 49
Florida Missed FG
Player Length




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