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Gator Football Opens Season Victoriously

By on August 31st, 2013

“What’s great about being 1-0 is you have the opportunity to go 2-0.”

That’s what Gator head coach Will Muschamp said after his team defeated the Toledo Rockets 24-6 on Saturday. Florida wasn’t flashy on offense but it did manage to accumulate 415 total yards with 153 coming from the air and the bulk of it coming from the ground for 262 yards.

UF quarterback Jeff Driskel was efficient; completing 17 of his 22 passes for 153 yards and one touchdown and Trey Burton was his leading receiver with five catches.  However, it was running back Mack Brown who stole the show, running for over 100 yards and scoring two touchdowns. Driskel overall thought that the offense did well and that he spread the possessions around fairly well.

Brown said he was just grateful for the opportunity to start and made the most out of it.

For a defense that returned only two starters from last season that played more than 10 games (Dominique Easley and Jaylen Watkins) Florida had a respectable showing. Toledo was held only to 205 total yards with 50 of them coming in the rushing game. The Rockets also went 1 for 13 on third down efficiency and 0 for 1 on fourth down. Senior defensive tackle Dominique Easley was not surprised at how well the defense played because that’s what is expected when playing for UF.

Freshman defensive back Vernon Hargreaves III capitalized on Toledo’s only turnover, making an interception in the third quarter to set up the Gideon Ajagbe’s four yard touchdown pass from Jeff Driskel.

Florida will now begin preparation this week as they get set to face the Miami Hurricanes down in South Florida. The last time these two teams played was back in 2008 in the Swamp where the Gators won 26-3.


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