ULL's upset bid over Florida blocked in final seconds

Associated Press Published: November 10, 2012
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Florida players and coaches erupted on the sideline, knowing the significance of the situation.

"It's sad, disappointing," Harris said. "It hurts knowing we could have won a game that slipped through our fingers."

Players questioned Hudspeth's late-game decision to play for OT on the road.

With the game tied at 20 and 1:40 remaining, the Rajin' Cajuns ran three times before the fateful punt.

"There is a lot of pain in the locker room because we knew that we had that game in our hands and we let it slip away," receiver Bradley Brown said. "The thing that we didn't understand was why we didn't go for it with a minute and 40 seconds left on the clock because we are a two-minute team."

The Gators were coming off eight consecutive games against SEC foes and were supposed to get a break against a middle-of-the-pack team from the Sun Belt Conference.

No such luck.

Harris ran 20 times for 68 yards. Terrance Broadway completed 16 of 23 passes for 171 yards and was sacked just once against Florida's vaunted front.

Florida, meanwhile, was its own worst enemy.

The Gators were flagged 10 times for 79 yards, including two costly ones on ULL's lone TD drive. Lerentee McCray was penalized for being off side on a third-down play that likely would have forced a punt, and Purifoy was called pass interference on another third-down pass.

Those came on the heels on Clay Burton's dropped pass in the end zone early in the third. Florida settled for a field goal to go up 13-3.

The lead seemed safe considering it was about how Florida has played all season.

The Rajin' Cajuns refused to go along with the plan.

"We fought our butts off," Broadway said. "There was never one second, one minute, one hour that we didn't believe we were coming to win this game. We honestly believed we were going to win this game and that's how we played. I'm really proud of our guys."