TALLAHASSEE -- As usual, there wasn't much to blog about in the second half on Saturday. It was another incredible performance for the Gators. The 45-15 final score was a record for UF at Doak Campbell Stadium for points in a game.
A few notes before I drive back to Gainesville tonight...Well, I'm catching a ride since my car broke down (read more about that at the bottom of this post).
--The 30-point margin of victory by Florida was the its largest in Tallahassee. The 45 points scored by the Gators today were their most in Doak Campbell Stadium since 1972.
--Florida has won five straight against FSU, marking the longest streak since UF won six-straight wins over FSU (Doug Dickey win seven straight.)
--Florida has allowed FSU to score one touchdown in the last two meetings.
--UF totaled 502 yards of total offense, its third-straight game over 500 yards.
--The Gators gained 317 yards rushing to exceed 300 yards on the ground for the third game in a row.
--UF is undefeated in the road games this season and has won each of its last six on the road.
--Florida has scored 42 or more points in each of its last seven games, which is the longest active streak in the nation. UF is the only team that has ever been a part of the SEC to score 42 or more points in seven straight games.
--Tim Tebow had his 12th rushign touchdown of the year midway through the second quarter. Half of Tebow's rushing touchdowns have come against Top 25 teams. His six rushing touchdowns against Top 25 teams this year leads all players nationally.
--Tebow's rushing touchdown in the first half was the 43rd of his career. Tebow's total is tied for fifth all-time in SEC history with Auburn's Bo Jackson. Herschel Walker owns the league record with 49.
--Chas Henry's 67-yard punt midway through the first quarter was the longest of his career and the longest since Eric Wilbur's 75-yard punt against Tennessee in 2003.
--Major Wright's interception midway through the first quarter was the 21st by the Gators this year and the third by Wright. UF entered the game tied second nationally in interceptions.
--UF has outscored its last seven opponents 136-3 in the first quarter of games.
--Brandon Spikes' interception on the first play of the second half was his fourth of the season. Spikes is one of three linebackers nationally to have four interceptions in a season vs. Top 25 teams.
--Jermaine Cunningham had his first blocked extra point by a Gator since Jarvis Moss in 2006. UF has blocked eight kicks this season.
*UF's sports information department contributed to these notes.
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Halftime stats: Tebow leads UF in rushing with 71 yards on 10 carries and a touchdown. Jeff Demps has 65 yards on five carries. FSU senior running back Antone Smith has 32 yards on six carries. (That's already a career high for Smith against the Gators.)
--UF leading 28-9 with 57 seconds left in the first half. Like last season, UF is scoring touchdowns and FSU is kicking field goals. The Gators' final touchdown drive of the half was a beautiful use of the two-minute drill, considering UF never gets a chance to run its hurry-up offense. The drive (five plays, 76 yards, 1:03) ended with a 24-yard touchdown pass from Tebow to tight end Aaron Hernandez. Hernandez has two touchdowns.
Tebow moved the pile four yards for a touchdown with 5:33 left in the first half to give the Gators a 21-3 lead. These muddy conditions make Tebow the Gators' most valuable player (as if he wasn't already, right?). Harvin on the sidelines with his right shoe and sitting on the training table.
--Florida junior Percy Harvin injured his right ankle with 6:44 left in the second half. Predictably, the classy FSU fans at Doak Campbell cheered the injury. Florida on the FSU 8. Tebow is pumped up. He spoke to Harvin and then pointed to the Gators' fans and began waving his arms in the air. Demps rolled his ankle pretty good. His return is questionable.
--Jeffery Demps' fumble with 10:38 appeared disastrous for the Gators but FSU's offense sputtered and the Noles settled for a 36-yard field goal by Graham Gano. Should be interesting to see if Florida goes to back-up running back Emmanuel Moody on the next series. Gators lead 14-3.
Florida with 109 rushing yards on 14 carries in the first quarter. The rain doesn't seem to be slowing the down the Gators as much as it is the Noles. FSU just attempted a reverse on third-and-2 but Bert Reed slipped in the backfield.
--This is going to be the Run-Tebow-Run game. Tebow now has seven carries for 50 yards. The Gators lead 14-3 after Tebow threw across his body and across the field to tight end Aaron Hernandez, who was wide open in the end zone. The drive's key plays were a 24-yard gain from Tebow (featuring the highlight reel trucking of FSU safety Jamie Robinson) and a 44-yard run by Jeffery Demps to the FSU 8. The touchdown drive was made possible by an interception from Major Wright on the UF 16. UF cornerback Janoris Jenkins tipped the pass, which was intended for FSU receiver Bert Reed.
--Percy Harvin gives UF a 7-0 lead but FSU finds momentum with a 63-yard kickoff return by Michael Ray Garvin. The Noles settled for a field goal but held UF to three-and-punt on the next series.
--UF quarterback Tim Tebow just slid for about five yards following a 17-yard gain. (First and only time you'll ever see that guy slide at the end of a run). ANYWAY, it's going to be interesting to see how UF deals with these conditions. The Gators just spent a timeout with 13:37 left in the first quarter.
--Jim Tartt gets the start at left guard.
This is a bad game for knee injuries, so playing defensive lineman Lawrence Marsh could be risky for the Gators. Marsh sprained his MCL last week but is dressed out this afternoon.
Sitting here at Doak Campbell Stadium and watching the field melt before my eyes. It rained so hard 30 minutes before kickoff that the field paint began streaming off the field in little garnet and white rivers.
The field is saturated and appears on the verge of turning into garnet and white soup. Another band of showers and standing water will begin pooling onto the field. Speaking of bands...FSU's tuba players slipped and tumbled throughout their pregame routine.
It has been a hectic day so far for the folks at Gator Clause. Our company truck broke down on I-10. Here's how many good Samaritans stopped to help: 0.0.