Florida 24, Ohio St. 17

Florida’s special teams came up big in the Gator Bowl, scoring

twice as the Gators beat Ohio State 24-17 on Monday in a game

between Urban Meyer’s old team and his future one.

Andre Debose returned a kickoff 99 yards – the longest scoring

play in bowl history – and Chris Rainey blocked a punt that was

returned for a touchdown.

The speedsters helped the Gators (7-6) avoid their first losing

season since 1979 and pick up some much-needed momentum after

losing six of their previous eight games.

Ohio State (6-7) finished below .500 for the first time since

1986. The Buckeyes can take solace in knowing that Meyer, who

officially takes over at Ohio State this week, will make it a

priority to improve special teams. Meyer did that in his six

seasons in Gainesville, and Rainey and Debose were two of his most

prized recruits.