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