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Gators chomp Wolverines 41-15 in Peach Bowl

Quarterback Feleipe Franks passed for a touchdown and ran for another as No. 10 Florida pulled away to a 41-15 Peach Bowl victory over No. 7 Michigan in Atlanta on Saturday.

Franks passed for 173 yards and rushed for 74 more, while Lamical Perine contributed a rushing and receiving touchdown. Jordan Scarlett also had a rushing touchdown.

The Gators (10-3) defeated the Wolverines (10-3) for the first time in five meetings, including three previous bowl games. Florida has won seven of its past nine bowl games.

Shea Patterson
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Wolverines quarterback Shea Patterson passed for 206 yards and a score but was also picked off twice.

Florida took a 20-10 lead in the third quarter when Franks connected with Perine on a 5-yard score. Kadarius Toney’s 30-yard, fourth-down run on a jet sweep highlighted the drive.

Scarlett’s 1-yard scoring run later in the quarter made it 27-10. Scarlett had a 30-yard rush earlier in the drive.

Jake Moody’s 26-yard field goal cut Florida’s lead to 14 with 12:16 left. Perine answered with a 53-yard scoring run. Michigan scored a safety on a blocked punt for its final points of the game.

Chauncey Gardner-Johnson added a 30-yard interception return for Florida’s final touchdown.

Franks rushed for 70 yards in the first half as the Gators led 13-10 at the break.

Florida drove 71 yards on 10 plays during the first quarter but had to settle for an Evan McPherson 21-yard field goal.

Michigan responded with a nine-play, 75-yard drive that culminated with Patterson’s 9-yard scoring pass to Donovan Peoples-Jones. That score was set up by Patterson’s 41-yard completion to Nico Collins.

The Gators advanced 66 yards on their next possession but once again came away with three points on McPherson’s 26-yard field goal.

The Wolverines’ J’Marick Woods blocked a Tommy Townsend punt, setting up Moody’s 48-yard field goal for a 10-6 lead.

Franks used his feet to put Florida on top for good. He ran for 30 and 15 yards before scoring on a 20-yard scamper up the middle with 2:41 left in the half.

–Field Level Media