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No. 6 Florida blanks Jacksonville State

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida (No. 6 BCS, No. 7 AP) used a strong defensive effort to overcome a sluggish offensive performance in a 23-0 win over Jacksonville State on Saturday.

The Gators scored a touchdown on their first possession when Mike Gillislee plowed into the end zone from 7 yards out. But that was the only offensive touchdown all day from Florida.

The Gators (10-1) also scored on a 7-yard interception return by Jonathan Bostic early in the third quarter. Caleb Sturgis added three field goals from 21, 44 and 47 yards out to complete the scoring.

Florida's defense allowed a 76-yard pass completion on the first play of the game, but held the Gamecocks to 176 total yards the rest of the way. Jacksonville State, an FCS program that plays in the Ohio Valley Conference, completed its season with a 6-5 record.

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