The Florida Gator football team defeated Arkansas 30-10 Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. The Gators improve to 4-1 on the season and to 3-0 in SEC play.
Florida’s defense started on the wrong foot allowing Arkansas to rush for 81 yards in the first quarter. However, the Orange and Blue were able to find their groove and held the Razorbacks to 275 total yards of offense. Florida head coach Will Muschamp says he wasn’t happy with his unit in the opening quarter.
UF also forced two turnovers including a Loucheiz Purifoy interception return for a touchdown to give the Gators a 10-7 lead and they never looked back.
Florida quarterback Tyler Murphy made his second career start and was good. He went 16 of 22 for 240 yards and three touchdowns. Two of those three touchdowns were big plays courtesy of wide receiver Solomon Patton. Murphy hit Patton for a 51-yard touchdown before the first half ended to give Florida the 17-7 advantage. The duo connected again for a 38-yard score to widen the gap to 24-7. Patton finished the night with 6 receptions for 124 yards and two touchdowns.
Muschamp says Murphy’s scrambling abilities opens up opportunities down field.
The win sets up an SEC showdown next weekend when the Florida Gators head to the Bayou to take on the LSU Tigers. Murphy says there is a lot of work to be done in order to prepare.
Kickoff between the Gators and Tigers is set for 3:30pm Saturday.