UPDATE: No. 1 Florida edges Miss. State

STARKVILLE — Florida’s offense got just what it needed: Help from Mississippi State.

Chris Rainey scored from 8 yards out after the Bulldogs stumbled on a fake punt and Dustin Doe may have slipped a fumble on an interception return for a touchdown past the referees as the second-ranked Gators came away with a tough win, 29-19 over old friend Dan Mullen Saturday night.

The Bulldogs (3-5, 1-3 SEC) stymied the Gators (7-0, 5-0) near the goal line all night, but Rainey’s run and Doe’s 23-yard return helped Florida extend the nation’s longest winning streak to 17 games.

Tim Tebow scored on a 26-yard run and picked up big chunks of yardage outside the Bulldogs 20. But the Gators offense is still struggling and doesn’t resemble the juggernaut that won last season’s national title.

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