Recap: Florida vs. Eastern Mich
Gainesville, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Jeff Driskel passed for 248 yards and a touchdown as the Florida Gators shut out the Eastern Michigan Eagles by a devastating 65-0 margin in a non-conference clash at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.
The 65 points for the Gators is the most for the program in a single game since the 2008 season, when Florida took down FCS program The Citadel, 70-19. It's the most points for the team against an FBS opponent since the Gators' season-opening 65-3 defeat of San Jose State back in 2003. And it's Florida's largest shutout pitched since a 65-0 defeat of Kentucky, which occurred back in 1996.
Driskel completed 31-of-45 pass attempts for the Gators (1-0), setting career highs in both completions and attempts. Treon Harris tallied 148 yards and two touchdowns on his only two pass attempts. Demarcus Robinson caught six passes for 123 yards and a touchdown, and Kelvin Taylor rushed eight times for 68 yards and two touchdowns.
Brogan Roback was one of three quarterbacks who took snaps for the Eagles (1-1), completing 5-of-10 pass attempts for just 29 yards.
Francisco Velez converted a 33-yard field goal to put the Gators on the board midway through the opening quarter.
Less than a minute later, the Gators recovered a fumble and, on the ensuing play, Taylor's 31-yard touchdown run put them on top 10-0.
Matt Jones added to the Florida advantage with a 40-yard touchdown run with 4:48 left in the first quarter.
Early in the second quarter, Brandon Powell made it 24-0 after a 12-yard touchdown run. Velez made good on another field goal midway through the quarter, this one from 36 yards out.
The Florida kicker made it 3-for-3 in the first half with a 29-yarder in the final minute of the first half, pulling the Gators out to a decisive 30-0 score at the break.
Jones caught a four-yard pass from Driskel for his second touchdown on the day, this one just under six minutes into the second half.
With 3:33 left in the third quarter, Taylor ran in his second touchdown, this one from six yards out, extending Florida's lead to 44-0.
Duke Dawson intercepted Eagles backup quarterback Rob Bolden on his first pass attempt less than a minute later, and ran it back 36 yards for yet another score, making it 51-0.
In the first minute of the fourth quarter, Robinson caught a 70-yard pass from Harris that resulted in a score. Harris one-upped his first completion just over two minutes later by connecting with Mark Herndon on a 78-yard scoring strike.
Florida held Eastern Michigan to a mere 125 total offensive yards in the game, while the Gators compiled 655 in the crushing victory in new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper's debut.Game Notes