Jacksonville Sports Day

SEC: York’s Record Kick Boots LSU Past Florida in Gainesville, 37-34

Quarterback Kyle Trask threw for 474 yards against LSU in a disappointing finish to the regular season for the Gators. (Photo: Tim Casey/UAA Communications)

GAINESVILLE – LSU’s Cade York’s 57-yard field goal with 23 seconds left gave the Tigers a 37-34 win on the road, in a game that saw six lead changes, over 1,000 yards of offense, and a blanket of fog thick enough to force the broadcast to change camera angles.

Florida QB Kyle Trask finished with 474 passing yards, matching his career-high total from the win over Georgia, which ranks second on the school’s single-game record list.

Florida finished with 609 total yards, its second-highest total of the season, but surrendered 418 yards to the Tigers.

“You can’t win doing what we did tonight,” Gators coach Dan Mullen said. “We lose the turnover battle. We don’t score touchdowns in the red zone. We can’t make key stops when we need to defensively and we lose the special-teams part of the game. It’s not a very complicated deal.”

LSU freshman QB Max Johnson, who became the first LSU QB to throw three touchdowns in The Swamp, completing 21-of-36 passes for 239 yards in the win.

His favorite target on the night, Kayshon Boutte, caught five passes for 108 yards and a touchdown, while Chris Curry tallied 64 yards on 17 carries. Johnson added 52 yards on the ground, as well.

With 2:51 left, the Gators would pull even at 34 on a 31-yard field goal by Evan McPherson.

After Florida drove to the LSU 12, a sack from Jacquelin Roy — his second of the night — and a pressure from BJ Ojulari forced the Gators to settle for the tie.

From there, York led the Tigers to victory, but his foot needed the help of another. On the winning drive, LSU looked set to punt after a third down stop from the Gators.

But the referees flagged Florida for a personal foul after fourth-year junior cornerback Marco Wilson, who was in on the tackle,

He picked up the shoe that Kole Taylor lost on the play. Wilson didn’t hand it back. He threw it “20 yards down the field” according to the official who announced the unsportsmanlike conduct penalty.

That set the stage for York, who could barely see the uprights but whose kick split them down the middle, with room to spare.

McPherson up for a game-tying field goal attempt from 51 yards out. The kick sailed just left of the upright.

Trask broke former UF quarterback and 1996 Heisman Trophy winner Danny Wuerffel’s single-season school record for touchdown passes.

He tied Wuerffel with this 39th touchdown pass of the season when he connected with Jacob Copeland for a 19-yard score that gave the Gators a 17-14 lead.

He passed him with a 9-yard scoring pass to receiver Kadarius Toney that put the Gators in front 31-27 late in the third quarter.

The victory pushes LSU to 4-5 on the season, while the Gators fell to 8-2. Florida plays Alabama for the SEC title Saturday.

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