The Florida Gators are playing the Furman Paladins on Saturday afternoon in Gainesville, but it hasn't been the cakewalk most might expect midway through the first quarter. Florida trails 15-0 midway through the first quarter as they were officially put on upset alert following a safety and a pair of touchdowns.
The Gators received the ball and were able to put together a 10-play drive, but it ultimately ended in a 51-yard missed field goal that had far worse consequences. Quarterback Chris Rainey suffered an injury, forcing back-up John Brantley into action for the final three plays of the drive.
Furman answered with a six-play drive of its own after starting with solid field position. The Paladins didn't need to pass once on the drive, using Tersoo Uhaa, Will King and Jerodis Williams out of the backfield before Williams eventually punched it in from just a yard out. The ensuing extra point was missed, but the safety on the ensuing possession made up for it.
The Paladins scored on the next possession, too, when quarterback Chris Forcier completed a 31-yard pass to David Hendrix to give the visiting team from the Southern Conference an early two-touchdown lead.