Florida State had the lead and the momentum against intrastate rival Florida, but both vanished when Seminoles quarterback E.J. Manuel took a big hit that temporarily knocked him out of the back-and-forth game.
Manuel fumbled the ball as he went down and the sixth-ranked Gators recovered. On the next play, Florida's Mike Gillislee ran 37 yards with 11:01 left to give the Gators back the lead. The 10th-ranked Seminoles could never get it back and lost 37-26 to their archrivals on Saturday.
''We had the momentum in the third quarter and then that hit changed it,'' said Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher. ''We still had opportunities.''
Fisher said at first he thought Manuel, who laid on the field for several minutes, had taken a hit to the head from Antonio Morrison. Actually, it was to Manuel's midsection.
''Just got the wind knocked out of me,'' Manuel said. ''A little disoriented but I came back. It's fine.''
Backup Clint Trickett played the next series, but by the time Manuel r...