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Injury knocks Driskel out of game

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel wasn't having his best outing in a 27-20 win over Louisiana, but things went from bad to worse when he tried to run right on a zone read play late in the third quarter.

Quarterback Jeff Driskel injured his right ankle against Louisiana in the third quarter and did not return to the game.

He tried to fight through a tackle for extra yardage, but his right foot got caught in the grass as he was rolled over, and Driskel left the game with a right ankle injury.

"Jeff Driskel has an ankle," Muschamp said after the game. "I'm not sure of the severity of any of those injuries .. It's a sprain."

Driskel had his shoe removed and his ankle taped up on the sidelines while backup quarterback Jacoby Brissett went into the game, but after testing it on the sidelines, Driskel went back to the trainer to get it taped up even more.

Meanwhile, Florida's Kyle Christy had a punt blocked and Louisiana's Blake Comminie scooped it up and raced 22 yards to the end zone to put the Ragin' Cajuns ahead 17-13 with 4:03 left in the third quarter.

With the Gators trailing, Driskel was unable to come back to the game, heading to the locker room as Brissett tried to bail out No. 6 Florida.

Coach Will Muschamp was unsure the extent of the injury after the game, providing only a brief update.

"All they tell me, because it's fast down there, is, 'He's out," Muschamp said. "We don't have time to have a debate."

Driskel's injury seemed to derail any chance Florida had of pulling out with a win, as the Florida offense floundered at first under Brissett.

But Brissett bounced back and led a game-tying drive inside of the final two minutes to tie things at 20-20 on a 3-yard touchdown pass to Quinton Dunbar with 1:42 left in the game. Florida won minutes later on a blocked punt by Loucheiz Purifoy and a catch and score by Jelani Jenkins.

"We've been man-up, man-down all year," Muschamp said of Brissett. "That has been our approach all year. We have all the confidence in him and the things he'd be able to do ... I think he did a fantastic job."

While the Gators got the win, they might not have been able to avoid their worst nightmare -- losing their starting quarterback in a game against an inferior opponent.

Muschamp is expected to further address Driskel's injury status on Monday at his weekly press conference.

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