Boxscore
Florida 24, Ohio State 17
Monday, January 2, 2012 1:00 PM
Location - EverBank Field
Attendance - 61312

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Florida 7 7 7 3 24
Ohio State 0 10 0 7 17

Recap


Two special-teams touchdowns vaulted Florida to a 24-17 victory over Ohio State in the Gator Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla.

The Gators (7-6) broke a 7-7 tie on Andre Debose’s 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown four minutes into the second quarter. Leading 14-10 at halftime, the Gators pushed their advantage to 21-10 on Chris Rainey’s blocked punt, returned by Graham Stewart 14 yards a touchdown four minutes into the third quarter.

Florida scored first on John Brantley’s 17-yard touchdown pass to Deonte Thompson with 56 seconds left in the first quarter. The Buckeyes (6-7) answered with Braxton Miller’s 5-yard touchdown pass to Devier Posey with 11:25 left before halftime, tying the game at 7-7.

The tie lasted just 12 seconds, as Debose broke loose on the ensuing kickoff for a Gator Bowl record 99-yard touchdown return down the left sideline.

Brantley finished 12-for-16 for 132 yards for the Gators, who won three of their final five after a four-game midseason losing streak. Rainey finished with 71 rushing yards and 31 receiving yards, and returned one punt for 31 yards.

Miller passed for 162 yards and two touchdowns on 18-for-24 passing for the Buckeyes, who ended the season on a four-game losing streak. Miller threw an 11-yard touchdown pass to Jordan Hall with 57 seconds left to bring the Buckeyes within 24-17, but Florida recovered the onside kick.

Former Florida head coach Urban Meyer will take over the Ohio State program next season. Five years ago, Meyer coached the Gators past the Buckeyes in the BCS National Championship game.
SCORING
Scoring Summary
1st Quarter - 0:56
Florida   TD  Ohio State 0 - Florida 7
2nd Quarter - 11:25
Ohio State   TD  Ohio State 7 - Florida 7
2nd Quarter - 11:13
Florida   TD  Ohio State 7 - Florida 14
2nd Quarter - 0:15
Ohio State   FG  Ohio State 10 - Florida 14
3rd Quarter - 11:14
Florida   TD  Ohio State 10 - Florida 21
4th Quarter - 14:09
Florida   FG  Ohio State 10 - Florida 24
4th Quarter - 0:57
Ohio State   TD  Ohio State 17 - Florida 24
TEAMS

Team Records

  Florida Ohio State
W/L 7 - 6 - 0 6 - 7 - 0
Conference 3 - 5 - 0 3 - 5 - 0

Team Stats

  Florida Ohio State
Score 24 17
First Downs 14 20
3rd Down Efficiency 6-for-12
50%
2-for-10
20%
4th Down Efficiency 0-for-0
0%
0-for-0
0%
Total Yards 263 299
Rushing
Rushes-Net Yards 38-131 37-137
Average/Rush 3.4 3.7
Passing
Comp-Att 12-16 18-23
Passing Yards 132 162
Average/Pass Play 8.2 5.6
Penalties-Yards 7-74 4-25
Fumbles-Lost 2-2 2-2
Interceptions Thrown 1 0
Time of Possession 27:39 32:21

PLAYER STATS

Florida (7 - 6)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
J. Brantley 12/16 132 1 1
Ohio State (6 - 7)
Passing
  COMP/ATT YDS TD INT
B. Miller 18/23 162 2 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
C. Rainey 16 71 4.4 0
J. Demps 7 30 4.3 0
T. Burton 4 23 5.8 0
M. Gillislee 5 15 3.0 0
H. Joyer 1 0 0.0 0
J. Brantley 2 -3 -1.5 0
Rushing
  ATT YDS AVG TD
D. Herron 12 82 6.8 0
J. Hall 4 24 6.0 0
B. Miller 15 20 1.3 0
C. Hyde 5 17 3.4 0
D. Posey 1 -6 -6.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
O. Hines 2 40 20.0 0
C. Rainey 3 31 10.3 0
D. Thompson 2 27 13.5 1
A. Debose 1 9 9.0 0
F. Hammond Jr. 1 8 8.0 0
J. Demps 1 7 7.0 0
Q. Dunbar 1 6 6.0 0
A. Leonard 1 4 4.0 0
Receiving
  REC YDS AVG TD
D. Smith 2 47 23.5 0
D. Posey 5 38 7.6 1
J. Heuerman 1 25 25.0 0
C. Fields 1 13 13.0 0
J. Hall 3 12 4.0 1
D. Herron 4 11 2.8 0
Z. Boren 1 8 8.0 0
C. Hyde 1 8 8.0 0
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