In Jackson, Miss., the No. 15 Gators led only 14-12 after three periods, but scored three times in the last quarter to win the Southeastern Conference opener for both teams.
Wayne Peace passed for 260 yards and two touchdowns and John L. Williams ran for two more scores for the Gators (3-0-1). Peace, who completed 21 of 34 passes, put the Gators ahead, 21-12, in the fourth quarter with a six-yard pass to Bee Lang that ended an 80-yard drive. Williams, still recovering from a stress fracture in his right foot, ensured the win with scoring runs of 70 and 20 yards.
Florida Coach Charley Pell called Williams' 70-yard touchdown "as fine a run as I've seen in college ball in a long time. I'm glad to see John L. got a chance. I think this will help him."
Peace entered the game with 5,308 total yards, one ahead of Mississippi State's John Bond in the battle for the No. 6 spot in the SEC career offensive records. Peace now has 5,557 yards and needs 19 yards to catch former Mississippi quarterback Archie Manning.
Bond completed eight of 23 passes for 118 yards and gained 32 yards on 14 carries, scoring twice for the Bulldogs (2-1) on one-yard runs.