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Gators beat Cavaliers 36-28 in Orange Bowl

Virginia met Florida in Miami for the 2019 Orange Bowl.
Virginia met Florida in Miami for the 2019 Orange Bowl. (WSLS)

MIAMI, Fl. – Florida was victorious over Virginia at the 2019 Orange Bowl in Miami. The Gators won 36-28.

After what was shaping up to be a scoreless third quarter, Evan McPherson made a field goal for the Gators, increasing their lead to 27-14. In the fourth quarter, Bryce Perkins passed to Joe Reed for a UVA TD, bringing the score to 27-21. The Gators increased their lead to 33-21 after another touchdown, followed later by another field goal for 36-21. The Cavs responded with a touchdown, making it 36-28.


FIRST HALF

At the half, the Gators lead the Cavs 24-14.

The Gators started the game off with a 7-0 lead after a touchdown by Lamical Perine. The Cavs answered back with a touchdown by Terrell Jana to tie it up. Perine struck again with a second TD to bring the Gators to a 14-7 lead in the first quarter. UVA’s response in the second quarter: Perkins to Hasise Dubois for a TD, bringing it to 14-14. The Gators snagged a field goal, edging ahead 17-14, followed by another touchdown by Perine, bringing it to 24-14.

The Cavaliers this season ended a streak of 15 consecutive losses to rival Virginia Tech and earned their third consecutive bowl berth, as coach Bronco Mendenhall revived a program that went 2-10 in his first season in 2016.

The Gators can finish with 11 wins, which would be their highest total since 2012. They have a chance to finish in the Top Ten in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2008-09.