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Georgia Southern stuns Florida 26-20 in Swamp

5:57 PM, Nov 23, 2013   |    comments
Nov 23, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators head coach Will Muschamp reacts as he walks off the field after they lost to the Georgia Southern Eagles at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Georgia Southern Eagles defeated the Florida Gators 26-20. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) - Kevin Ellison ran for two touchdowns, Jerick McKinnon had a huge score late and Georgia Southern stunned Florida 26-20 Saturday in what will go down as the worst loss in school history.

No lower-division team had ever beaten the Gators, who won their previous seven games against Football Championship Subdivision teams by an average of 45 points.

So this was a shocker, even though Florida (4-7) has lost seven in a row and secured its first losing season since 1979.

Georgia Southern (7-4) ran for 429 yards and didn't complete a pass all afternoon.

McKinnon finished with 125 yards rushing, including a 14-yard touchdown with 2:57 remaining. Ellison added 118 yards on the ground, scoring on runs of 45 and 1. Fullback William Banks also gashed the Gators, getting 94 yards up the middle. His 53-yarder on a third-and-2 play set up the winning score.

Florida had a chance to win it, thanks partly to two missed extra points.

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