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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- It was Senior Day for the Florida Gators on Saturday, but a few underclassmen played key roles in Florida State's 21-7 victory over Florida.
CB Greg Reid
The junior from Valdosta (Ga.) had two momentum-changing interceptions. The two interceptions were his first and second of the year. In addition to his play on defense, Reid had a 39-yard punt return in the third quarter that helped flip the field position for FSU.
S Matt Elam
Florida safety Matt Elam led a defense that surrendered 95 yards of total offense. Elam totaled eight tackles, a tackle for a loss, a forced fumble and two pass breakups. FSU’s two touchdown drives totaled 24 yards.
RB Devonta Freeman
With 44 yards rushing, the true freshman running back didn’t necessarily light up the stat sheet, but Freeman had two tough touchdown runs that Florida could never recover from. They were Freeman's seventh and eighth rushing touchdowns of the year.
TE A.C. Leonard
If there was a bright spot for the Florida offense, it was the true freshman tight end. The 6-foot-4, 245-pounder matched career highs with three receptions for 65 yards. Leonard received a majority of the work at tight end because starter Jordan Reed was out with an ankle injury.
Florida State secondary
The FSU secondary limited Florida to 12-of-26 passing for 121 yards and four interceptions. Reid accounted for two picks, Mike Harris intercepted an underthrown John Brantley pass and returned it 89 yards to set up FSU’s second touchdown, and Terrance Parks intercepted Jacoby Brissett and returned the ball 29 yards for the game-clinching touchdown with 12:48 to go in the fourth quarter.