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         === No. 7 Gators blank Jacksonville State without Driskel ===
 
 Gainesville,  FL  (Sports Network) - Mike  Gillislee carried the ball 20 times
 for 122 yards and a touchdown as the seventh-ranked Florida Gators blanked the
 Jacksonville State Gamecocks, 23-0, Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
 
 With  starting  quarterback  Jeff  Driskel sidelined  with  an  ankle  injury,
 Gillislee  carried  the load  for the Gators,  while backup quarterback Jacoby
 Brissett completed 14-of-22 passes for 154 yards in the start.
 
 "I  feel like  I  played  alright, managed  the  game  pretty well,"  Brissett
 remarked. "We came out with the win so that's good enough for me."
 
 The  Gators (10-1)  have won three straight  since an Oct. 27 loss to Georgia,
 but have already been eliminated from contention in the SEC Eastern Division.
 
 They  finish  off their regular  season with a  matchup against No. 10 Florida
 State  next weekend,  which could bolster Florida's chances at an at-large bid
 to a BCS bowl.
 
 Marques  Ivory finished  14-of-25 for 169 yards with an interception and Kevyn
 Cooper  hauled  in three passes  for 93 yards  for the Gamecocks (6-5), who've
 lost five of their six road games this season.
 
 "We  had some  opportunities in the first half," Jacksonville State coach Jack
 Crowe  said. "That's the first time we've been shut out in a long time. But if
 you're  going to have it happen, you want it to be against a quality team like
 they are."
 
 Ivory  hit Cooper  for 76 yards on the Gamecocks' opening play from scrimmage,
 but  Griffin Thomas missed a 25-yard field goal and Jacksonville State came up
 empty.
 
 It was all Florida from there.
 
 Gillislee  rushed  eight  times  for  35 yards  on  Florida's  opening  drive,
 including a 7-yard TD surge to cap the 12-play, 80-yard march.
 
 After a three-and-out from the Gamecocks, Gillislee ripped off a 46-yard surge
 on  the Gators'  first play,  and Trey  Burton followed  with 13  more to  the
 Jacksonville  State 13,  setting up Caleb Sturgis' 21-yard field goal to press
 the lead to 10-0 with 2:22 left in the first.
 
 After  the teams  exchanged punts, Jacksonville State again came up empty on a
 deep  drive into Florida territory when Thomas missed a 36-yarder to keep it a
 10-0 contest with under six minutes left until halftime.
 
 The  Gators answered  with a deep drive into Jacksonville State territory, but
 Sturgis'  27-yard  field goal attempt was  blocked to send the Gators into the
 locker room holding a 10-0 advantage.
 
 The  Florida  offense was  forced to punt  on the opening  drive of the second
 half,  but the  defense quickly picked up the slack, as Jon Bostic intercepted
 Ivory's  first pass  of the half and took  it seven yards into the end zone to
 give Florida a 17-0 lead early in the third.
 
 The  Gators got a  pair of field goals from Sturgis early in the fourth, as he
 nailed  a  44-yarder less  than a  minute into  the final  quarter and after a
 three-and-out from the Gamecocks, buried a 47-yarder to press the lead to 23-0
 with 11:41 left in the game.
 
 The  teams exchanged punts  from there, as the Gators held the visitors out of
 scoring range to hang on for the shutout.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 This game marked the first meeting between these schools on the football field
 ...  Jacksonville  State  finished  4-of-16  on  third  downs,  while  Florida
 converted  2-of-11 third  downs  ...  Florida held  Jacksonville  State to  48
 rushing  yards ...  The Gators  rushed for  202 yards  and compiled  356 total
 yards of offense.
 
 
 11/17 19:40:26 ET