Gators rally for late 27-20 come-from-behind win over Louisiana-Lafayette
Florida cornerback Loucheiz Purifoy was just trying to follow directions, linebacker Jelani Jenkins was just trying to follow his instincts, and the Florida Gators were just trying to survive.
In a matter of 11 seconds, all three were accomplished.
With 13 seconds remaining and the game tied at 20, Purifoy came off the edge and reached his hand out as he ran past Louisiana-Lafayette punterBrett Baer, making contact with the ball. Then Jenkins caught it in mid-stride and ran 36 yards for a touchdown with 2 seconds remaining to give No. 7 Florida a 27-20 victory over unranked UL Saturday afternoon at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
"I was just like run Jelani, please run, just get in the end zone so it will be over,’’ Purifoy said. “They called ‘black’, that’s when everybody goes to block the punt. I just stuck my hand out and got it on the ball and saw Jelani going for the end zone."
“It was a great play by Loucheiz,’’ said Jenkins, who had a team-high seven tackles, all solo. “He executed it perfectly and I just happened to be in the right place at the right time, and I was surprised I happened to be there. It came right to me. I just tried to run as fast as I could.”
Jenkins’ touchdown capped off a dramatic comeback for the Gators (9-1 7-1 SEC), who scored two touchdowns in the final 2:56 to earn their second fourth-quarter comeback win this season.
Listen to Jenkins talk about the play and his reaction: