Florida defender ejected for targeting late in fourth quarter, extending game-sealing FSU drive
Florida appeared to have Florida State stopped on a third down late in the fourth quarter, but a targeting call against the Gators extended the drive.
FSU quarterback Tate Rodemaker scrambled for 10 yards on a third-and-14 play with less than five minutes to play in the game. He began to slide short of the line to gain, but two Florida defenders converged on him and delivered a huge shot. Rodemaker’s head slammed back on the turf and he was briefly knocked out of the game.
Jaydon Hill was ejected for targeting on the play. Brock Glenn came in to replace Rodemaker.
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A few players later, Rodemaker made his way back onto the field and handed off to Trey Benson, who rumbled for a 26-yard touchdown that put Florida State up 24-15.
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The hit on Rodemaker loomed large. Florida State would have faced a fourth-and-4 from near midfield. In a two-point game with so much time on the clock, they may have opted to take a delay and punt the ball back to Florida. Instead, the chains were moved and Florida State kept the drive rolling.
Florida threw an interception on its next possession and FSU kneeled out a win in The Swamp to move to 12-0.