By: Scott Crumbly
SEC Digital Network
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – No. 6 Florida used a familiar formula to defeat Jacksonville State on Saturday, pounding the ball 36 times for 202 yards on the ground to become the third team in school history to go 7-0 in a season at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
Running back Mike Gillislee toted the rock 20 times for 122 yards and a score, pacing a Gators (10-1, 7-1 SEC) offense that was without the services of starting quarterback Jeff Driskel due to an ankle injury. Jacoby Brissett stood in admirably for Driskel, throwing for 154 yards on the day and playing turnover free football for Will Muschamp’s team.
While the Gators got it going on the ground, the Florida defense would not allow the Gamecocks to get their running game rolling. UF held Jacksonville State to 48 rushing yards on 29 carries, a stingy 1.7-yard per carry average. JSU signal-caller Marques Ivory threw for 169 yards on the afternoon, but was intercepted once by the Gators in the shutout loss.
Florida will now turn its focus toward next weekend’s showdown with arch rival Florida State, where the Gators will have an opportunity to pick up their fourth win of the year over a team currently ranked in the BCS top-10.
Passing – Jacoby Brissett, 14-for-22, 154 yards
Rushing – Mike Gillislee, 20 car, 122 yards, TD
Receiving – Jordan Reed, 2 rec, 42 yards
Passing – Marques Ivory, 14-for-25, 169 yards, INT
Rushing – DaMarcus James, 13 car, 30 yards
Receiving – Kevyn Cooper, 3 rec, 93 yards
• The 2012 Gators are one of seven teams in school history to start the season 10-1 or better through 11 games. The Gators accomplished that feat previously in 1991, 1995, 1996, 2006, 2008 and 2009.
• This marked the first meeting ever between Florida and JSU.
• Florida scored 10 points in the first quarter on Saturday, the first time it has scored twice in the opening period all season.