SEC Digital Network
GAINESVILLE, Fla. – No. 10 Florida got its 2013 campaign kicked off on Saturday afternoon inside Ben Hill Griffin Stadium against Toledo, and the Gators cruised to a 24-6 win over the Rockets. Mack Brown set the pace for Will Muschamp’s squad, carrying the ball 25 times on the afternoon for 112 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
Brown started off the scoring in the early going with a 1-yard touchdown run and then tacked on another score from 14 yards out just before halftime to give the Gators (1-0) a two-touchdown advantage at the break.
Toledo (0-1) kicker Jeremiah Detmer opened the second half by punching in a 23-yard field goal for the Rockets, his second of the contest, but that is all the scoring that the Florida defense would allow. UF signal-caller Jeff Driskel connected with Gideon Ajagbe on a 4-yard scoring strike late in the third, and the Gators bled the clock from that point on.
Driskel was efficient in his first outing of the year, completing 17 of his 22 pass attempts for 153 yards and a score. Veteran Trey Burton led the way in the receiving category, hauling in five passes for 69 yards, while Valdez Showers grabbed four passes for 23 yards.
The Gators chewed up yardage on the ground as a team, finishing the day with 262 rushing yards while limiting Toledo to just 50 yards of their own. The Rockets’ high-powered offense from a season ago, led by senior quarterback Terrance Owens, only managed 205 yards on 56 plays (3.6 yards per play) against the stout Florida defense.
Passing – Jeff Driskel, 17-for-22, 153 yards, TD
Rushing – Mack Brown, 25 car, 112 yards, 2 TD
Receiving – Trey Burton, 5 rec, 69 yards
Passing – Terrance Owens, 17-for-38, 155 yards, INT
Rushing – David Fluellen, 9 car, 46 yards
Receiving – Bernard Reedy, 7 rec, 50 yards
• Florida is now 80-27 all-time in season-opening games, and the Gators are 65-6 when opening the season in Gainesville.
• The Gators have now won 24 consecutive season openers, the longest current streak in the SEC and second in the nation behind Nebraska, which had won 27 in a row coming into Saturday.
• Florida rushed for 262 yards on the afternoon. Under coach Will Muschamp, Florida has now rushed for 200 yards or more nine times.