BATON ROUGE, La. — The news was delivered to Florida players Wednesday night, so they had three days to come to terms with freshman QB Jeff Driskel's injured ankle not healing well enough for him to play Saturday and freshman Jacoby Brissett having the job of leading the Gators against No. 1 LSU.
"He practiced this week," coach Will Muschamp said of Driskel. "We came to the conclusion Wednesday night that we just didn't feel like he was healthy enough to go and play in that environment. Tried to rep him throughout the week, and it just didn't (work). It wasn't fair to him. It wasn't fair to us."
As UF's backup, Driskel had played in four games. Brissett had never played in a collegiate game until Saturday. He finished 8-of-14 for 94 yards, with a touchdown and two interceptions.
Injured starting QB John Brantley (ankle) traveled with the team to Baton Rouge but watched the game from the coaches box. Brantley, who was on crutches with his right leg in a boot, more than likely will not play against Auburn this week, Muschamp said.
CASUALTY OF CELEBRATION: LSU P Brad Wing found out the hard way that the new NCAA rules against taunting can be costly.
Wing faked a punt in the second quarter, then ran 52 yards for an apparent touchdown, but on his way into the end zone, he made a slight gesture with his hands that officials deemed unsportsmanlike conduct. The touchdown was negated and the ball moved back to the spot of the foul. LSU eventually settled for a 38-yard field goal and a 17-0 lead with 13:23 remaining in the quarter.
LSU fans didn't appreciate the call, but SEC supervisor of football officials Steve Shaw said it was correct.
Muschamp said it was a botched play by the Gators.
TAKE THAT: Remember that famous "jump pass" touchdown then-UF freshman Tim Tebow threw against LSU in 2006 to help the Gators to a 23-10 victory? Apparently LSU coach Les Miles hasn't forgotten it, either. Miles pulled it out of his playbook Saturday.
QB Jordan Jefferson leaped into the air and delivered the ball 2 yards to WR Mitch Joseph for a 34-11 lead with 12:20 remaining in the game.
"I thought it was wonderful," Miles said. "Any time we score, I enjoy those things. … Coach (Greg) Studrawa, our offensive coordinator, has some experience with that play. It was his idea, and I really enjoyed it."
INJURY UPDATE: Senior RB Jeff Demps (ankle) had two carries but couldn't play anymore, Muschamp said. Josh Evans and Ronald Powell left the game as well.
"I don't know exactly the depth of the injuries, but they were pulled in the second half," Muschamp said.
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