Memphis St. 17, Florida 11
GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) _ Xavier Crawford scored the go-ahead touchdown and John Butler kicked three field goals Saturday, giving Memphis State a 17-11 upset over 14th-ranked Florida.
On a day when little went right for the Gators, sophomore running back Emmitt Smith went out in the third quarter with a sprained left knee after gaining 89 yards. Before Saturday, Smith had rushed for more than 100 yards in eight consecutive games, a school record, and had reached the 100-yard mark in 13 of 15 games he had started.
Crawford’s third-quarter touchdown run of 11 yards was set up on passes by quarterback Tim Jones of 46 and 16 yards on a drive that started on the Tigers’ 23-yard line. It gave Memphis State a 12-11 lead.
Jones then hit Charles Wilson for a two-point conversion.
The victory gave Memphis State a 3-3 record. Florida dropped to 5-1.
Butler kicked a 35-yard field goal with 1:10 remaining in the game after kicking field goals of 22 and 45 yards in the first half.
Florida had a fourth-quarter drive end when Memphis State defensive back Glenn Rogers Jr. intercepted Kyle Morris’ pass at the 25 and returned it 49 yards to the Gators’ 26.
Florida’s only touchdown came in the opening minutes of the third quarter on a 61-yard drive, including a 40-yard pass from Morris to Ernie Mills.
Three plays later, Cedric Smith went over the top for the touchdown.
Willie McGrady ran for a two-point conversion, giving Florida an 11-6 lead.
After falling behind 3-0 on Butler’s first-quarter field goal, Florida tied it on John David Francis’ 28-yarder with 6:56 remaining in the second quarter.
Memphis State ran for 175 yards and passed for 98 more against a Florida defense that had given up only six points over the last three games.
Until Crawford’s third-quarter touchdown, Florida had played 15 consecutive quarters without allowing a touchdown.
The Gators, coming off a 19-6 Southeastern Conference victory over Louisiana State, had 159 yards rushing and 125 yards passing.
Memphis State lead 6-3 at halftime.