The Tyler Murphy Era is upon us and his first start at quarterback for the Gator football team results in a win. The 20th ranked Florida Gator football team went into Lexington, Kentucky and came out with a 24-7 victory Saturday over the Wildcats to extend the winning streak to 27 over the Big Blue Nation.
The Gator offense amassed 402 total yards, with the bulk coming from the ground game. Sophomore running back Matt Jones had 176 yards rushing on 28 carries and one score. In his first career start, Tyler Murphy was the second leading rusher with seven carries for 36 yards and a touchdown but it wasn’t what Murphy did on the ground but rather under center that was impressive.
Gator coach Will Muschamp gave him high praise saying “he put us in the right spots…and played outstanding.” On 18 attempts, Murphy completed 15 of his passes for 156 yards and one touchdown that was a pass to Trey Burton in the second quarter. He targeted five different receivers with Trey Burton leading with six receptions for 66 yards. The offense led in time of possession with over 38 minutes and went 8 for 13 on third downs and 2 for 2 on fourth down conversions.
Even without senior defensive tackle Dominique Easley, the defense showed little weakness. UF held the Cats to 173 total offensive yards with only 125 coming in the air and 48 on the ground. Freshman cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III had his third interception in the last four games. After the game, Muschamp wasn’t too surprised saying “he’s a very good football player…he’s very smart and works extremely hard on his game.”
Florida now shifts their sights to Arkansas as they welcome the Razorbacks to the Swamp this weekend.