Florida Gators suffer setback with homecoming loss to LSU

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Homecoming defeat

After riding high and opening SEC play with a 3-0 record, thanks in part to a pair of fourth-quarter comebacks, the Florida Gators’ late-game magic ran out Saturday as they lost their homecoming game against the LSU Tigers, 17-16. The road probably isn’t going to get easier, either, as the Gators now prepare to face an improved Texas A&M team before their annual matchup with SEC East frontrunner Georgia in Jacksonville.

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What played into the Gators’ loss?

Most will point to Eddy Pineiro’s missed extra-point attempt in the third quarter as the difference, but there were other factors that played into the Gators’ defeat. There was the over-reliance on the run game and quarterback Feleipe Franks’ inability to get the offense going in its final drives.

Florida in the polls

Following the loss, the Gators dropped out of the AP and USA Today coaches polls. Florida also fell from No. 4 to No. 6 in the SEC Country Power Poll.

Recruiting roundup

In other Florida football news

Volleyball remains undefeated

The top-ranked Florida volleyball team continued its torrid start to the season with a 3-0 win over Georgia on Sunday to improve to 13-0 on the season. Florida is the only remaining undefeated team in the country. The Gators travel to Ole Miss on Friday before facing No. 10 Kentucky at home on Sunday.

Soccer shuts out Vandy

The ninth-ranked Gators soccer team defeated Vanderbilt, 3-0, on the road Sunday to improve to 11-2 on the season and 5-1 in SEC play. Freshman Deanne Rose scored the first 2 goals of the match to bring her season total to a team-best 8. Redshirt senior Gabby Seiler scored the final goal on a penalty kick in the 77th minute. Florida plays host to No. 16 Florida State on Thursday.

Men’s tennis chasing individual doubles title

The Florida duo of junior Alfredo Perez and sophomore Johannes Ingildsen will compete for the ITA All-American doubles title on Monday after winning their first three matches in the main draw over the past three days. Their semifinal match in the tournament came against fellow Gators tandem McClain Kessler and Duarte Vale.

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What they’re saying on Twitter

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