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Florida and Florida State – The Sunshine Showdown

Once again the Seminoles and the Gators rivalry game took place on the last week of the regular season.

In a highly anticipated game billed as The Sunshine Showdown, both fan bases showed up to support their team and urge them on to victory. Florida went out to an early lead that lasted into the third quarter when the Seminoles scored 17 unanswered points to lead the Gators 20-13. It looked like the margin of 7 points the Seminoles were favored by was going to prove the difference.

However, in the final stanza, Florida put up 24 points to retake the lead and defeat the home team 37-26 after a late, inconsequential E.J. Manuel touchdown.

For this year, the Florida faithful have the bragging rights after a hard fought victory by the boys in orange and blue.

As one disappointed Seminole fan said after the game, “Wait’ll next year.’

Next year can’t get here soon enough to see this great rivalry renewed one more time.

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Florida State’s Devonta Freeman rushes for a first down in second quarter action against Florida.

Florida’s Trey Burton puts a stiff arm on a Florida State defensive back Terrence Brooks in the third quarter.

Florida’s Mike Gillislee strides towards the end zone during fourth quarter action.

Chief Osceola and Renegade celebrate a third quarter touchdown by the Florida State Seminoles.