Kerwin Bell threw for 343 yards and three touchdowns -- including scoring passes of 75 yards to Ricky Nattiel and 82 yards to Frankie Neal -- to the sixth-ranked Gators over the No. 12 Seminoles in Gainesville.
Tailback Neal Anderson rushed for 95 yards and scored two touchdowns as Florida, beating the Seminoles a fifth straight time, closed with a 9-1-1 record for the second straight year. The Gators were 5-1 against Southeastern Conference opposition, and beat 5-1 Tennessee, but are ineligible to reign as SEC champions and go to the Sugar Bowl because of NCAA probation. Florida ran its home unbeaten streak to 20 games.
Bell, fourth in the nation in passing efficiency, completed 14 of 22 passes and inspired a second-quarter burst that carried Florida to a 28-0 halftime lead. Florida outgained the Seminoles in the half, 328 yards to 54.
Florida State cut the deficit to 28-14 in the third quarter when Deion Sanders returned a punt 58 yards for a touchdown and Ferguson ran for four yards to cap a 75-yard scoring drive with 4:18 left in the period.
Bell, who finished with 21 touchdown passes and has thrown 37 over two seasons, regained control on Florida's next possession. He found Neal in the middle of the field at the Seminoles' 40, and Neal completed the 82-yard scoring pass despite injuring a hamstring on the play.